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Lunch at Gourmet Carousel (SF)

Melanie Wong | Aug 12, 200407:51 PM

Gourmet Carousel at Pine and Franklin was the triangulation point for Jen Maiser and me to walk to lunch today. We skipped over the huge list of lunch plate specials to have -

Shredded duck meat yee foo won ton soup, $4.50 - Blah soup thickened with egg flower and not much gravy. Only a little duck, and mostly fat at that, however, the fried won tons themselves were still crispy when they hit the bowl and the pork filling was delicious.

Flounder filet with salt and pepper (hot), $8.50 - Sweet and delicate strips of flounder with a batter that was a little too soft, yet the salt and pepper spicing with garlic was addictive. I liked watching Jen carefully match up each piece of fish with a slice of fresh jalapeño in her chopsticks for the full gusto.

Ong choi (water spinach) with fu yee, $6.50 (not on the menu, I asked for it) - My favorite of the dishes, made with fermented bean curd. While the ong choi was on the stringy side, the flavors really sang of garlic, fu yee, a bit of sweetness from the carrots, and an usual whiff of ginger. The tender thin strips of the aromatic root were a ginger-lover's dream.

It had been a few years since my last visit here, and the food seems much the same. Modestly priced, big portions, and good quality, making this one of the better neighborhood Chinese restaurants. Our tab was $26 inclusive with plenty left over for Jen to take home to J.

Gourmet Carousel
1559 Franklin St.
San Francisco
Mon-Sat, 11am-9:30pm
Sunday, 4pm-9:30pm


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