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Chowdown Report: Hakka Restaurant in San Francisco


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Chowdown Report: Hakka Restaurant in San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Feb 19, 2010 04:24 PM

Many thanks to “asianstamp” for alerting us to the newly opened Hakka Restaurant in the far Outer Richmond.

Today nine intrepid ‘hounds made the long "Journey to the West" and were rewarded with a very good Chinese New Year lunch ordering ala carte. The short version: delicious food, well-prepared, attractively presented, authentic, vibrant flavors, bargain prices, excellent service, easy to park. The chef here is the one who put Golden Mountain in Hayward on the map a few years ago when it was a destination for Hakka cuisine.

To kick off the discussion, I’ve listed the dishes we tried below. I’ll ask my dining companions to fill in the details and tell us about their favorites, and I’ll comment later.

Seafood and soft tofu soup
Crab with salted egg yolk (2+ lbs for $23)
Home style frog legs with basil
Arrowroot bulbs with roast pig
Bamboo pith and pea shoots (vegetarian)
Salt baked chicken served with ginger-scallion sauce and pan drippings
Sauteed lily bulbs with tree ears (vegetarian)
Stuffed tofu in supreme broth
Beef short ribs with black pepper and honey sauce
Pork bacon with preserved greens
Dried scallops and egg white fried rice steamed in lotus leaf

With the 10% grand opening discount and a generous tip, the tab per person was only $20 each.

Fig Newton’s photo set:
WARNING, Food Porn ahead.

Translating Chinese New Year's Menus, Part 5: Hakka Restaurant
By Jonathan Kauffman

Chowing down with the SF Bay Area chowhounds:

Hakka Restaurant
4401 Cabrillo St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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