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Bow Hon Report - SF Chinatown Lunch Series #1

nja | Mar 12, 2004 04:15 PM

Happy Friday!

This afternoon, eight hounds emerged from the darkness of their cubicles to stroll into Chinatown for the first SF Chinatown Chowdown Lunch Series. Our destination: Bow Hon, praised years ago for their fish salad and clay pots but seemingly forgotten by this board.

Bottom line: it's good food, it's cheap food, go eat some fish salad and clay pot.

We ordered (I hope I'm not forgetting anything):
Fish Salad (1/2 portion, approximately $24)
Beef Brisket Clay Pot
Oyster, Pork, and Mushroom Claypot
Chicken, Mushroom, and Sausage Rice Clay Pot
Steamed Pork with Salted Egg
Fookken Fried Rice
Pea Shoots
Bok Choy

The fish salad was definitely the highlight. After ordering, the waitress pulled a live shad from a tank in the dining room and took it into the kitchen. It emerged several minutes later, still raw and sliced paper thin--looking not unlike red snapper from a sushi bar--along with a mountain of other salad ingredients: greens, pickles, turnips, fried rice noodles, fried wonton, jalapenos, lemon zest, black peppercorns, lemon juice and much more which I'm sure I'm forgetting. It was simultaneously salty, sweet, sour, spicy, peppery, and delicious.

Other standouts for me were:
- brisket clay pot, with a wonderful dark gravy and turnips.
- rice clay pot, with various textures of rice topped with meaty mushrooms and sausage, and served with a dark, thick soy sauce. The chicken was the downside, my bite was a mostly bland piece of breast meat.
- oysters and mushrooms in the other clay pot, though it had chunks of tofu that were flavorless.

All of the other dishes were enjoyable but not great.

Total bill after tax and tip was $12 per person.

Bow Hon
850 Grant (between Clay and Washington)

Stay tuned for the announcement for #2 in the SF Chinatown Chowdown Lunch Series!


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