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Shai Lai Chowdown Report - Sept. 17th, 2013 [San Francisco]

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Shai Lai Chowdown Report - Sept. 17th, 2013 [San Francisco]

mmerino | Sep 17, 2013 02:49 PM

Shai Lai is in the old Mayflower resto on Geary @ 27th with the
"Chinese-ified" facade, across from the coming soon Grocery Outlet(yay!).

There are four menus. One is the big dinner menu, one is a small specials dinner menu, one is a Jook/Noodle menu and lastly the Dim Sum menu that you tick off for yourself. No carts.

Starting from the cheap side of the dim sum menu. we had:
$2.50
Black Mushroom Shumai
$3.20
Taro Bun
Baked BBQ Pork Turnover
Deep Fried Taro Dumpling
Shanghai Dumpling
Bean Curd Skin Roll
$3.85
Har Gao
Bitter Melon Chicken Noodle Roll
Baked Durian Turnover
$5.50
Steamed Beef Tripe
Pan Fried Duck Chin w/MAGIC Sauce
BBQ Pork
Roast Duck
Fried Pumpkin w/Salt Egg Yolk
Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

Off the Jook/Noodle Menu
Fried Oyster Pancake
Mixed Mushroom Noodle

I didn't love anything. My highlights were the noodles which were those fun, rolled-up, stir fried type with lots of varieties of mushrooms, almost roast beef like slices, green beans & green onion.

I also, surprisingly, liked the Taro Bun-Im not a huge Taro fan but this was delicate and sweet almost with a vanilla hint.

The Tripe was good too. I wish it would have had more green onion/chili heat.

BBQ pork was nice. The fat was really yummy on it.

Durian turnover was pretty tasty too. i wish I had eaten it last.

The rest was forgettable, if not criminal. Oyster Pancake was dry & gross, Shanghai Dumplings were mushy & I got the no-soup-dud-dumpling. The Fried Pumpkin had no yolk flavor and was super greasy. I couldn't even eat a small piece, it was a sad waste of food.

Walking through the resto, to feed the meter, I noticed a lot of lobster dishes, both noodles & stir fries. I'd do a lobster dish next time.

At the end it was $16.50pp for a table of nine. The consensus at the table seemed to be that Shai Lai Seafood is more of a dinner place and not for dim sum.

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