As promised, here is my recap of the "Chinatown cheap eats" update (wanted to wait to make sure everyone who wanted to chimed in).
Anything not preceded by ** was written by Melanie Wong in her original post:
New text is credited to the poster. I did some editing to keep things tidy; hope the original posters don't mind.
Thanks for your help!
Subject: Chinatown cheap eats
Name: Melanie Wong
Posted: August 02, 2000 at 01:23:09
Here's my list of favorites for a quick and inexpensive meal in San Francisco Chinatown.
"Downhill" and close to the Financial District for a fast lunch:
GOLDEN STAR VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT - My favorite pho place. Each of the beef components for beef noodle soup is cooked perfectly with its own special taste shining through, $4.25.
HON'S WUN TUN HOUSE, 648 Kearny/Clay - Most flavorable broth outside of Hong Kong. Shrimp sui gow, anise beef stew over wun tun soup noodles, beef tendons over rice, braised iceberg lettuce with oyster sauce - $3.50 to $5.
** Do give the broth some breathing room before you doctor it with chili or soy sauce. It is subtle and complex and needs a chance to wash over you. [Melanie Wong
** still and always and forever will be great. ate there for lunch yesterday and it was as perfect as ever. [Jupiter]
NEW HONG KONG MENU, 667 Commercial/Kearny - Lots of tapioca desserts. Braised noodles with spicy meat sauce, $5.25.
** My Uncle Ben recommends Hong Kong Menu for dinner. He says it's deserted at that time. [Melanie Wong]
WASHINGTON BAKERY AND RESTAURANT, 733 Washington St./Grant - Modern coffee shop with western cream cakes and pastries, espresso, American standards and Cantonese dishes, fresh juices, and tapioca/tropical jellies. Roast duck rice porridge, $3.50, add a deep-fried cruller, $1.25.
** a current favorite [edwardpark]
YOUNG'S CAFE, 601 Kearny/Sacramento - Really nice, helpful waiters, kitchen will make any Cantonese dish if they have fresh ingredients on hand. Always several German tourists in the house, highly recommended in the _Kalifornien_ guide. Singapore-style mai fun, dry-fried beef chow fun, rock cod and long beans on Hong Kong-style noodle pillow, and samsee chow mein - all under $6. Easy take-out if you're willing to park in front of the fire hydrant while you dash in.
** I pick up take-out noodles from Young's a couple times a month. Consistent as ever and still huge servings that are enough for me for dinner and leftovers for lunch. [Melanie Wong]
** eat here at least once a week, definitely good for a quick greasy fix of salty wonderful chinese food like you are used to getting on the east coast. Pan Fried Noodles till you burst...good duck in soup, over rice, with pan fried noodle, you know the drill. Excessively large portions, there are always cops or fire men in there eating lunch. [Jupiter]
GOLD MOUNTAIN, 644 Broadway - Soulful dim sum. Shrimp in rice noodle wrappers, braised tofu rolls. A hungry 24 y.o. 6'7" male friend and I stuffed ourselves and got change back from a twenty.
** ate here once for lunch and hated it. I wasn't sure if it had to do with the fact that we were a.)blatantly ignored, b.) sitting next to the kitchen doors where the waiters refused to stop and let us see what they had to offer, or c.)the food was just plain bad when we actually got to have some! [Jupiter]
HING LUNG, 674 Broadway/Stockton - Open late (2am?), BBQ in the window. Best deep-fried devil crullers, $1 to go. Abalone/chicken rice porridge, $6.
** Went here two weeks ago. I had their house special of fried dough wrapped in steamed noodles. I have to say it's pretty good. Overlooking the fried and therefore greasy factor, the fried dough was slightly chewy, giving a good bite, and it was off set by the steamed noodle which was slighly soft and gummy, a good combination I thought. We also ordered a seafood porridge and a wonton soup. The porridge was okay, needed more salt, but had plenty of seafood. The wonton soup was also okay, have had better, have had worse. [Wendy Lai]
** Have only been here for the half roast duck that they will chop up and let you take out with a quart of rice for under 5 dollars. I think it is the ultimate picnic food to take with you down to the parkin North Beach. I have never tried any of there other food. [Jupiter]
JUNMAE GUEY MARKET, Stockton near Broadway - Friendly counter staff. Best roast duck and roast pig in SF, also fish-stuffed fried tofu, sea cucumber, pig feet, and lo han ji at the counter. A handful of small tables in the back (early closing), waitress doesn't speak English, and patrons spit out the bones on the table. Terrific soup noodles with a quarter roast duck carefully placed on a raft of sauteed choy sum to keep the skin crisp, $3.50.
** "Closed for remodeling" as of Christmas and was still locked up when I was in Chinatown a couple weeks ago. I have not been able to find a roast duck that I like as well yet. [Melanie Wong]
MON KIANG, 638 Broadway/Stockton - Hakka cuisine, friendly waiters, recently cleaned up and the prices went up 50¢. Oyster pancake (not on the menu). Salt-baked chicken over rice, $3.50.
** Stopped by Mon Kiang for the oyster pancake last month. The oysters weren't the freshest, I will ask next time before ordering. But I still like this teochew style dish a lot with its green chili condiment. [Melanie Wong]
YUET LEE SEAFOOD, 1300 Stockton/Broadway - Unique lime green interior. Light and deft hand with the freshest of ingredients. Shrimp with scrambled eggs, salt and pepper calamari, green-lipped NZ mussels w/black bean sauce. Some dishes were a tad overcooked when last there with Jim Leff.
**SAM LOK's lunch prices are still great. I usually don't dig rice plates but they're good here. [edwardpark]
**NEW SAIGON: a current favorite [edwardpark]
**LUCKY CREATION: a current favorite [edwardpark]
**TOFU LAND (Korean) is a nice addition. [edwardpark]
**DPD on Kearny and Jackson for Shanghai style noodles and dumplings. [Melanie Wong]
**GARDEN RESTAURANT on Kearny - my parents go here for morning jook when they stay at the Holiday Inn next door. [Melanie Wong]
**KING TIN on Washington St. - not the best jook, I do like the roast suckling pig. Noodle plates look good, but I haven't tried them. [Melanie Wong]
**UNCLE'S CAFE on Waverly Pl. @ Clay - old-time Chinese-American plates. Was there a couple months ago after an absence of at least 10 years thinking about beef short ribs or oxtail stew, but they were sold out by dinner time of the American dishes. Ended up with spicy beef noodle soup which wasn't very spicy but the beef brisket itself was very good even if the noodles were softer than I prefer. [Melanie Wong]
**CAPITAL on Clay between Stockton & Waverly Pl - good chicken jook for <$3 available in the morning only (ususally sells out by 9:30), also like the fried salt & pepper chicken wings and black bean clams, cash only. Recent chowdinner there had mixed results, pays to order carefully. [Melanie Wong]
**I'd have to give a nod to NEW ASIA. Been going there for years now and it's still great. The first time we went, we gorged ourselves and realized that we only had about $30 between the two of us. We discussed it and decided to put it on a credit card. The bill came - $22 including tip. [Erik]
**If you want decent dim sum in china town that you sit down for, then i would recommended CITY VIEW. But it is not necessarily "Cheap" but it is good. Otherwise there are tons of take out dim sum places that are ok. Mostly on Broadway and Stockton. [Jupiter]
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