The night owls from the Dong Bei Mama chowdown Thursday went for dessert afterwards at the D&A Cafe on Clement. Their fresh watermelon juice (a bargain at $1.55) and the mango pudding with condensed milk ($1.75) were excellent as usual. psb and Curtis ordered shakes (strawberry and lychee), which I'd never had, and they were both delicious and clearly used fresh fruit. IIRC, partha tried to order two more things that they didn't have, so maybe one can rely on only getting fresh fruit. I also got a "guiling (sp?) pudding" (also $1.75; currently it and the mango have photo ads on the wall), which is some sort of grass jelly. I thought the flavor was faint but liked it, and Melanie thought the flavor was strong but liked it. Red bean ice is also nice ($2.75, but something like $1.25 during one of their three daily hapy hours).
In particular, desserts seem to be more reliable than the savory items. There are some great savory things (if nobody's plugged them here lately, their fried pig intestines is one of my favorite dishes anywhere, and ridiculously cheap during happy hour), but also duds that make me feel queasy and (as at any HK style cafe) dishes that seem to be such poor ideas that I've never considered them. (At least they're all cheap enough to explore.) But all the desserts seem to be good. (I don't know if I've tried any of the tapioca drinks besides the lychee one Curtis ordered.)
Dong Bei Mama
4737 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118