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Ma's Dim Sum & Cafe ...... Clay Pots & More .... [San Francisco]

gordon wing | Feb 24, 2012 03:15 PM

Had lunch at this hole in the wall on Powell nr. Pacific. Definitely a local's place ...... mainly older clientele. Many clay pots on tables but they have rice plates, noodles and soup and more. Some Toisan leanings ....... gai loong are savory, chewy/crispy dim sum items that my Grandmother used to make ( believe it's a Toisan thing ) - not found in many places anymore. the sweeter hom sui gok is more common but pretty different with a sweet overtone to the more substantial dough. there is a case full of dim sum items but they are not kept warm in steamers ...... they can / will microwave them if you're eating in. items are large and pretty inexpensive. But we came for the clay pots today. Got one of the Rice Clay Pots - Chinese Bacon/Sausage/Pork Spare Ribs with a couple of baby bok choy on top. A smaller size suitable for one is $4.50 or so ...... the waitress suggested the larger size for us ....think it's 6.95 ? Only the smaller size is listed on the menu. We also got a dish of bitter melon with black beans/garlic. $4.50 or $4.75? Tea and the House Soup come without asking. The bittermelon was tender but not mushy ...... light touch with the black beans but lots of garlic. The clay pot of rice flavored by the rich bacon & sausage & spare ribs was very comforting ...... don't forget to add the sweet soy from the squeeze bottle on the table: there is a lot of rice and the additional flavoring makes it even better. Wish there would have been even more toppings but with the bitter melon we had enough to accompany all the rice. Ma's is busy for lunch so get there before or after the main lunch rush if you don't want to wait for one of the few seats. ( 25 or so seats ? ) On the way out I got one of the giant chicken buns - lots of filling and a nice delicate bread. $1.30 IIRC - see the photo - there is a baked pork bun from You's for comparison.... the giant chicken bun dwarfs the pork bun ( and it's not small ) .......love the Andrew Wyeth framed poster and the Renoir also - along with some Chinese art. Very eclectic ......

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