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A new Chinese find for us..........

srf1 | Oct 23, 200003:20 PM     10

Dont know if this place has ever been mentioned here before........Dragon River on Geary between 14th and 15th Ave. We were turned on to this place by a friend who's lived in the area for 20+ years. Needless to say, we are skeptical of anybody's family "favorite", but Dragon River passed with flying colors. We stopped by yesterday to pick up a menu - local delivery with $15 order sealed the deal. They specialize in Hakka cuisine and the menu is rather large in offerings.

We started with an order of potstickers - very good but not as good as Ton Kiang or U-Lee's (although U-Lees can sometimes be gamy because of their size). Then we ordered Hunan Chicken (spicy), Oysters with Roast Pork Clay Pot, Mongolian Beef (super spicy), and Peking Spareribs. Everything was super fresh and not greasy with chunks of fresh mushrooms and vegetables. The meats were cooked to perfection - one note though is the Peking spareribs are fried and battered to an almost candylike crunchy/chewiness. Not everybody would like it, but I did. The clay pot was excellent - much like the Oyster Clay Pot at Yuet Lee, but with super fresh oysters and large chunks of excellent Roast Pork and ginger. The Hunan Chicken was excellent as well with a great spicyness. The Mongolian Beef was also great - but watch out for the huge chunks of hot peppers - this dish is already super spicy without adding the fire of chewing one of those. The freshness of the ingredients shines through and the prices are super low - $6.75 per dish. The most expensive dish on the menu is $9.00 (without getting into the Peking duck, abalone, sea cucumber, shark's fin, etc.). Already planning on going back to try some of the salt baked offerings, clay pots, or wine flavored meats with pickled greens. All in all, something I would consider a great "find" - and right near us too!

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