We made another venture into S. F. Sunset from the South Bay yesterday combining lunch and shopping . We first went early to Cafe Bakery to latch onto char sieu bows to replenish the freezer at home. Next, we crossed the street on Noriega to Asia America for frozen XLBs.
Then, we went down to Taraval to Mings Diner for lunch. The stuffed spring chicken was delicious as ever crispy skin, tasty glutinous rice stuffing with Chinese sausage, and pieces of chicken. The vegetarian mock goose was very good. The outer skin was thin, light, and crispy and the pickled, tangy seaweed was a perfect complement. We ordered the dried scallop pay-pa tofu dish. The tofu was molded in a 1 ball, fried to a crisp on the outside, soft and sponge-like inside. Dried scallop was in evidence with a tasty gravy. The tofu topped with some broccoli. Soft shell crab is in season back on the East coast. Mings Diner had some; so, we ordered two salt pepper soft shell crabs to sample. The crabs were good, but they were not as good as when we had them last year. They didnt have quite the crispy salt-pepper batter and the crabs were small (not a huge surprise). A beef gai-lan dish saw tender, tasty and plentiful beef with fresh and crunchy gai-lan. We bought a stuff spring chicken take-out for a friend - only 7.50 per with tax.
After lunch, we went down Taraval to Marco Polo and had black sesame, Ly Chee, and mango gelato for dessert.
Then, we went over to Irving street. We found fresh Ly-Chee fruit is in season at 3.49/lb. The Ly-Chee was juicy, sweet, and meaty. A most pleasant discovery was that the Ly Chee had the tiniest pits of any Ly Chees I have ever seen in the past. We bought big and juicy Bing cherries at 1.59/lb (didnt see any of last years 0.59/lb bargain variety though). There were excellent plump long-beans at 1.29/ lb. There was the traditional short mo qua at .69/lb. White meat peaches and nectarines were less than a dollar a pound.
We also scrutinized the BBQ goodies at New Hai Ky and at the New Cheung Hing, but they didnt look inviting enough to buy. The impression is the New Hai Ky and the New Cheung Hing have both down hill lately. Their BBQ products looked dry, been roasted too long, and did not did not glisten with bright color. The similar BBQ products seen at the Parc Hong Kong in Sunnyvale looks more appetizing, so why buy in S. F. when one can buy closer to home at anytine?
Tried some sesame balls from T. C. Pastry. The sesame seeds and the skin were excellent, but they were lotus bean filled; I prefer the old black bean filling.
It was a nice outing back in the old stomping grounds on Noriega, Taraval, and Irving in the Sunset.