This month's dish of the month, Stuffed Chicken with Sticky Rice, motivated a Chowdown at Mings Diner in the Outer Sunset. We came, we saw, we snuck off to Marco Polo for gelato afterwards.
We decided to get the $58 menu, which is portioned to serve 4-6. It included:
Seafood w/ tofu soup
Salt & pepper prawns in the shell
Steamed oysters w/ black bean sauce
Clams in super soup
Calamari w/ tender green
Baked crab w/ ginger and scallion: At no extra charge, they gave us lobster rather than crab.
As there were nine of us, we also ordered:
Eggs whites w/ mustard greens, pine nuts, and ham
Dragonballs (fried balls of tofu with a sauce that included dried scallops)
Small stuffed chicken with sticky rice ($8.25)
Large stuffed chicken with sticky rice ($28)
Mung bean dessert (for free!)
Melanie Wong graciously brought two delicious wines, and a friend of mine kindly brought a great cider, to accompany the meal. There's no corkage fee, nor is there a corkscrew. Vincent Lo, in the role of Han Solo, flew into the restaurant with a corkscrew at our direst moment.
Chicken report is at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8716...
I'll post my impressions of specific dishes later, but the food, including the large stuffed chicken, was overall much more satisfying than that eaten at the recent Chowdown at Zen Peninsula. Plus, ordering a set menu also gave us a nicely balanced meal that covered a lot of techniques and flavors. The bill, including tip, came to $20/person and a few people left with leftovers.
I had a great time too--- thanks to all who came!