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Dinner at HK Lounge ll, Geary/Parker [San Francisco]

Fine | Feb 2, 201509:48 PM     1

Got here at closing time--chorus of "Why do SF restaurants close so early?"--that is, just before 8:30.

Warm reception, friendly service, terrific meal: As usual 2 of us ordered for 4 hungry people--quail, s&p rex sole, Ch. broccoli (gai lan) w. fish cakes and Ch. bacon, chicken and pea greens in rice-flour(?) wrappers, and--the dish I returned for--fried rice with taro and Ch. bacon, which is utterly addictive.
Through inattention, we ended up with two batter-fried items, something the waiter should have alerted us to, the fish and the quail. Both were good, the fish probably prepared by a more experienced fryer, the quail a bit oily and nowhere as delectable as the far commoner unbattered version, but only a really picky person would complain (mea culpa). The broc dish was good, if not up to last time, when the place was in full swing and it was earlier. I would not have chosen the dim sum item because I'm hypersensitive to the oxidized quality all poultry acquires on reheating, but fortunately it was almost all dau mieu and really good. The wrapper was not familiar to me (I'm far too much of a night person to have dim sum more than every few years)--kind of translucent, quite white, with an almost stretchy texture.

Don't know if it's still on the menu, but the only other equally addictive Chinese rice dish I've had was the one with pine nuts and seaweed at Utopia.

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