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Four for lunch at Ming's Diner cheap Chinese food in San Francisco.

yimster | Jun 8, 200409:55 PM     4

Today, four of us hounds gave Ming’s Diner a try to see if they would stand the taste test when we had enough people. Well it pass with flying colors.

Here are the four dishes we ordered:

Mock Goose, one the best version I have tasted only the versions at Buddhist Temple and Shanghai Gourmet were better. They used only one or two sheets of tofu sink and had a filling of shitake mushroom, taro root and other goodies. Another winner was the seasoned seaweed which could have stood on it own. It was freshly made hot and crispy.

Oxtail cooked in red wine in a clay pot. I stand corrected in my bad guess that this dish would be cooked with Red Dates which I have found to be the case in many other places. It was not tender enough and not as sweet as I would have like it.

Salt and pepper smelt which was fresh and not oily at all. Better than most.

Finally the stuffed boneless chicken, this was the first time I had it there. The chicken meat was not overdone and it tasted even better. Only one drawback was there was not enough gravy. The skin really had a great texture. The filling was better than any other I have had anywhere, expect for homemade fillings. The best part at $6,50 a order it is a real deal. Since at most other places it is S35.00

We got free soup of the day and oranges to complete our meal. In seems that Chinese places are giving rice at no charge too.

The bill came to $28.40/

The food is good and cheap. The real treat of the lunch was that Chinese waiter could speak better Hebrew than our Chow Fun. It seems he had leave in Israel for ten years. Chow Fun said "why not that is 9 years longer than me". Maybe a place for a future chowdown?

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