For our last day in SF, we decided on Chinese food for a change. Starting the day out with dim sum…
A few things I look out for when I pick out a Chinese restaurant:
1. No forks on the table
2 . Full of Chinese customers or little to no Caucasians
3. Menu has no photos
4. Nothing like “Authentic oriental/Asian/Chinese taste” written near its name.
5. Advertises seafood instead of something like Sweet and Sour Chicken.
These are the guidelines that I follow for finding a real Chinese restaurant. Rule #1 is very important because it implies exactly who they are catering to… and it is not me.
This dim sum house is a bit different in that you order your dishes on the menu similar to ordering sushi instead of from the quintessential dim sum carts. The waiters give you back the card so you can order again and again.
Woah… even the receipt is in Chinese!
Shrimp dumplings. My favorite!
bbq pork noodle roll.
Shrimp noodle roll.
“little dragon buns”. Or little pork buns. Apparently, these are also popular in Japan as well.
Fish noodle roll. First time trying it… I think it needs more fish..
Fishball… that tastes exactly like the dim sum meatball.
Tofu skin roll.
Durian tart. They really taste like durian @.@
My first time trying dim sum mango pudding! I know how to make my own but this one is worlds apart from mine… I was in mango heaven @.@
Walking in the wrong Chinatown, one of my friends decided to stop for crepes.
My first time trying crepes!
Shuwa Shuwa Cider… tastes practically like ramune or that blue/white candy/gum you get from those shokugan.
Last dinner in SF… Nooooo ToT
R&G Special Beef (secret recipe). I can’t really tell what the flavor of the sauce was but it was a hint of sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and possibly five spice. Pretty good and tender beef.
The restaurant’s signature dish- Salt and peppered fried Big Zam. I read rave reviews about this dish even from people who rate the restaurant negatively so thought we give it a go. Everyone was suspicious when this dish came out in less than five minutes after ordering it; if the crab was from the live tank then there’s no way it could be this fast given the time to prepare and cook. Sadly, this dish was a huge disappointment; the fresh crab taste was pretty much dead (huge offense) and the batter a bit overpowering. It wasn’t bad but certainly wasn’t good. Worst of all, this dish cost ~$40 after tax.
Three teasures. Tofu, eggplant and peppers stuffed with shrimpmeat. The least expensive dish and everyone’s top favorite… ironically.
Half a peking duck. This concludes our meal for the night. I wanted to order a couple more dishes as I was still hungry but my friends were still full from the dim sum earlier >_>. Oh how I will miss being able to enjoy food like this and lament how there is still so many more I haven’t got the chance to try yet…well, at least I accomplished what I wanted on this road trip: Eat with a vengeance!
For those who live in San Francisco, I so envy you.