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cheap chinese lunch joint - san mateo

ed | May 19, 200403:10 PM

in the spirit of my last post, here's another.

this place is even more nondescript, so that after having lunched there half a dozen times on the way back from a weekly meeting, i cannot recall the name. perhaps that's because the salient feature here is the price. if we were doing a chowlist of cheap chinese lunch plates, this would have to be near the top of the list. a scandalous $2.95 will get you the classic 3-course luncheon from the celestial kingdom. soup (usually eggdrop/seaweed, to which you might want to add some white pepper), your rice plate special, and cookie and tea. since i still can't quite believe the price, i suspect it could be some kind of moral test. therefore, i always leave a full buck tip as a sort of karmic investment. witness, ancestors, that comes to a 34% gratuity!

as for quality, let me say that while the special changes daily, the ubiquitous brown sauce does not.

so if you're feelin a little hungry and a little campy, take 101 to 3rd st, exit EAST, and take the first right on norfolk. it's ensconced in the first nondescript mini mall on your right, wedged between the biker bar and the beauty parlor.

again i hesitate to post, but this time, that's because this is more of an anecdote than a recommendation.

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