SFBA Favorite Bites, December 2016

I expect there will be lots of contributions, this holiday season. But for me today, it was just the cumin lamb at Sichuan Style, the former King Tsin, tender with a perfect proportion of heat and mala.

Also, I really like the Mexican soups at La Mission on University. Sopa Azteca yesterday was perfect for the chilly weather, and I don’t think I’ve had better Mexican posole, with big chunks of simmered pork.

Chile relleno en nogada from Primavera at the Ferry Building (fried poblano pepper filled with a mix of meat and fruit and topped with a puréed walnut sauce and pomegranates). Ingredient quality, especially of the pepper and meat, and cooking skill shined here— the spicing, use of fruit, and quantity of sauce were more restrained than the other two versions I’ve had (in the Bay Area),

Guacamole toast at Fonda for brunch. Never would have thought a fried egg on top of guacamole and sourdough toast would be good, but it was. Hash browns along side were nothing special. Hadn’t been to Fonda in a while. It was fun. Cheap mimosas, too

Chicken katsu curry with side of kurobuta sausages (Japacurry food truck, sf)

How’s the kurobuta sausage? Different from regular sausage?

I forgot to post that the steamed crab gluttonous rice at Yum’s and the duck leg rice bowl at Kumino’s have been my favorite bites lately.

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Sort of like a small juicy hot dog with very good “snap”, not too salty

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I had a great woodfire roasted lamb at Kokkari earlier this week.

As you can see, the dining room is festively decked out for the holiday season.

I also had some excellent mezethes at the bar another afternoon. Great selection of wines by the glass too!

Braised pig knuckle (Crystal Jade, sf) with spinach tofu

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Cool to see them rise from the depths of early bad reviews. Any other recent dish recommendations there?

Actually this was the first time I’ve been back since the initial wave of bad reports (almost 2 years), so I haven’t tried anything else, aside from some congee. I guess I’ll try the crispy pork belly or maybe Singapore crab next, or xlb. The crispy whitebait wuxi style and baby pig have disappeared from the menu, sadly.

Thanks! Please post a menu pic if any pages strike you as interesting— it’s breathtaking that a company that spent millions on their restaurant doesn’t even have a menu posted online!

They don’t even post their hours either! They do have a menu posted on opentable, I’ll try to add the link later today

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(Crystal Jade)

APPETIZER
$9.00
Steamed Kurobuta Pork Dumpling “Xiao Long Bao”
$12.00
Roasted BBQ Spare Rib
$10.00
Mary’s Chicken
Served Chilled with Spicy Cj Sauce
$8.00
Grilled Marinated Skewers, “Satay”
Chicken, Pork, Beef
$8.00
Salt and Pepper Calamari
$7.00
Crispy Vegetables Spring Roll
$7.50
Chicken Pot Sticker
$13.00
Chilled Jellyfish
with Special Spicy Dressing
$9.80
Poached Pork Dumpling
with Spicy Sauce
$8.00
Pan Fried Seaweed & Beancurd Skin Sheet Wrapped
with Vegetables
$9.00
Salt and Pepper Eggplant
with Pork Floss

SOUP
$10.00
Double Boiled Chicken Soup
with Sea Whelk
$8.00
Double Boiled Matsutake Mushroom
with Vegetable Clear Soup
$7.00
Chicken Corn Soup
$9.00
Crab Meat Corn Soup
$12.00
Fresh Scallop & Crab Meat Chowder
$9.80
Shrimp Wonton Soup
$8.00
Hot & Sour Shredded Chicken Soup

SEAFOOD
$25.00
Baked Chilean Sea Bass Fillet
with Honey & Ginger Sauce
$28.00
Braised Sliced Abalone
with Oyster Sauce and Mushroom
$23.00
Prawn
Cooking Method: Sauteed Egg Yolk, Salt and Pepper, Wasabi, Mayonise, Singapore Chilli
$19.00
Sautéed Fresh Scallop
with Macadamia Nut
$17.00
Sauteed Egg White
with Chilean Sea Bass & Conpoy
Lobster (Each)
Cooking Method: Steamed, Sauteed with Ginger and Spring Onion, Sauteed with Superior Broth, Salt and Pepper, Braised with Ee Fu Noodle
Seasonal Price
$18.00
Fish Fillet
Cooking Method: Steamed with Chili Sweet and Sour, Steamed with Black Bean Sauce, Sauteed with Ginger and Onion
Seasonal Fish (Each)
Cooking Method: Steamed, Sweet & Sour, Steamed with Chilli, Deep Fried
Seasonal Price
Live Prawn (Pound)
Cooking Method: Sauteed Egg Yolk, Salt & Pepper, Steamed, Pepper, Sauteed With Bean, Pan Fried With Soya Sauce
Seasonal Price
Crab (Each)
Cooking Method: Singapore Chili, Sauteed Egg Yolk, Salt & Pepper, Steamed, Pepper, Sauteed With Bean, Steamed
Seasonal Price

POULTRY
Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck
$30.00
Half
$55.00
Whole
Deep-Fried Chicken
with Crispy Garlic
$17.00
Half
$33.00
Whole
Apple Wood Roasted Duck
$25.00
Half
$44.00
Whole
Steamed Chicken
with Shallot
$17.00
Half
$33.00
Whole
$15.00
Deep Fried Chicken
with Dried Chilli
$16.00
Crispy Chicken Fillet
with Fresh Lemon Honey Sauce
$15.00
Sauteed “Kung Pao” Diced Chicken
Deep-Fried Crispy Duck
$22.00
Half
$39.00
Whole

MEAT
$13.00
Honey B.B.Q. Pork
$16.00
Sauteed Sliced Beef
with Mushroom & Garlic
$19.00
Sautéed Beef Tenderloin Cube in Black Pepper Sauce
$20.00
Braised Beef Short Ribs
with CJ Sauce
$20.00
Braised Lamb Brisket In Clay Pot
$17.00
Poached Sliced Beef Tenderloin “Sichuan”
Style in Spicy Soup
$15.00
Deep Fried Spare Rib
with Garlic
$15.00
Pan Fried Spare Rib
with Sweet Sauce
$45.00
Braised Pork Knuckle “Jiang Nan” Style
$15.00
Sweet and Sour Pork
with Pineapple

BEANCURD & VEGETABLES
$15.00
Ma Po Tofu
$16.00
Deep Fried Spinach Beancurd
with Assorted Mushroom
$24.00
Sauteed Brocolli
w/Scallop & X.O sauce
$15.00
Sauteed Eggplant
with Minced Pork Meat In Casserole
$15.00
Sauteed French Bean
with Minced Pork & Olive Leaf
$14.00
Braised Beancurd
with Assorted Vegetables
$15.00
Sauteed Assorted Mushroom
with Crispy Garlic

SEASONAL VEGETABLE
Kai Lan, Snow pea, Choy Sum, Morning Glory, Baby Bok Choy
$12.00
Sauteed Garlic
$16.00
Sauteed W/Shrimp Paste
$18.00
Sauteed With Mushroom
$16.00
Braised with To Fu
$14.00
Simmered
With Superior Broth

VEGETARIAN & GLUTEN FREE
$13.00
Sauteed Eggplant
with French Bean and Mushroom
$13.00
Sautéed French Bean
$13.00
Sautéed Broccoli
$8.00
Egg Drop Soup
$16.00
Organic Beancurd
with Assorted Mushroom
$10.00
Steamed To Fu
$13.00
Fried Rice
with Assorted Vegetables

NOODLE
$12.00
La Mian
with Peanut Sauce
$12.00
La Mian
with Hot and Sour Soup
$16.00
Fried Udon Noodle
with Black Truffle and Mushroom
$14.00
Pan Fried Crispy Noodle
with Chicken in Homemade Sauce
$16.00
Pan-Fried Crispy Noodle
with Assorted Seafood & Vegetables
Sautéed Rice Noodle
$14.00
Chicken
$16.00
Seafood
$15.00
Beef
$13.00
Mushroom & Vegetables

FRIED RICE
$16.00
Fried Mixed Grain Rice
With Prawn & Diced Chicken served in Hot Stone Pot
$15.00
Fried Rice
with Conpoy, Fish & Egg White
$14.00
Fried Rice
with Minced Beef in Black Pepper Sauce
$15.00
Seafood Fried Rice
with CJ Spicy Sauce
$14.00
Fried Rice “Yang Zhou” Style

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Mission Chinese makes an amazing beef tatare with smoked tomatoes. (Sorry I don’t have a better photo, this is cropped from a bigger picture.)

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