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Mongolian Menudo at Eva’s Catering – The Wonton Stand Truck in San Francisco


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Mongolian Menudo at Eva’s Catering – The Wonton Stand Truck in San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Feb 28, 2011 05:19 PM

A little early on our way to Boudin at the Wharf for clam chowder day breakfast, I drove around the area to cruise a little since we’re in the vicinity so infrequently. Then we stumbled upon this truck, Eva's Catering, The Wonton Stand in San Francisco parked in front of California Shellfish at 8:30am. Simultaneously we said to each other, “I haven’t heard of it, have you?”

We figured that San Francisco’s food media doesn’t spend much time at the Wharf either to cover this truck. So we did our civic chow duty and pulled over to check it out. The menu is enormous, featuring typical taco truck offerings, e.g., quesadillas, burritos, as well as Chinese food, identified as Hunan style. Unfortunately the Mongolian menudo was not available this day.

A very perky and friendly Chinese lady (we’ll call her Eva) greeted us. I asked where she was from to be selling Hunan style food. Eva herself is from Guangdong, but her chef used to work at Brandy Ho's Hunan in San Francisco. Here’s the full menu.

Hard as it was to pass up the Polish link chow mein, we figured we should stick with the eponymous specialty for our first go here. We ordered the Wonton noodle soup with vegetables, $5.75, and asked if our single order could be split in half. No problem. I was expecting to hear the “ping” of a microwave, but no. Instead the sound of chopping and then the sizzle of stir-frying greeted our ears. Soon we had our order, and Eva offered us hot sauce and soy sauce packets too.

I think we came out ahead asking for the split. Here’s our breakfast of wonton soup on my dashboard.

On this 40-degree morning, the scalding hot soup in the plastic container made a great hand warmer. The homemade wonton dumplings, filled with gingery ground pork, were freshly boiled and not soggy. We’re not talking premium, shrimp-filled Hong Kong-style here but the regular ol’ wontons that any neighborhood take-out would serve. The yellow-tinged soup tasted of chicken bones with the natural sweetness of the vegetables amplifying the stock and maybe a little boost from the can. The round noodles looked like spaghetti to me. The best part was the variety and quantity of fresh vegetables: snow peas, julienned cabbage, carrots, celery, slivered onions, scallions, and the biggest surprise, precisely sliced cabbage heart preemies aka bok choy dom. With the turn on the grill, the vegetables developed their full flavor. This certainly hit the spot and exceeded our rather low expectations.

If this truck worked my neighborhood, I’d probably spring for the wontons again. Eva said that she’s here at California Shellfish first thing in the morning, and we saw the truck depart around 9:00am. She also stops at Pier 33 and Pier 45.

I’ve gotta ask, has anyone else tried Eva’s Catering / The Wonton Stand Truck on its route along the waterfront? And more importantly, who’s tasted the ¿Mongolian menudo?

California Shellfish
420 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Eva's Catering / The Wonton Stand Truck
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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