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Shai Lai Chowdown Report - Sept. 17th, 2013 [San Francisco]


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Shai Lai Chowdown Report - Sept. 17th, 2013 [San Francisco]

mmerino | Sep 17, 2013 02:49 PM

Shai Lai is in the old Mayflower resto on Geary @ 27th with the
"Chinese-ified" facade, across from the coming soon Grocery Outlet(yay!).

There are four menus. One is the big dinner menu, one is a small specials dinner menu, one is a Jook/Noodle menu and lastly the Dim Sum menu that you tick off for yourself. No carts.

Starting from the cheap side of the dim sum menu. we had:
Black Mushroom Shumai
Taro Bun
Baked BBQ Pork Turnover
Deep Fried Taro Dumpling
Shanghai Dumpling
Bean Curd Skin Roll
Har Gao
Bitter Melon Chicken Noodle Roll
Baked Durian Turnover
Steamed Beef Tripe
Pan Fried Duck Chin w/MAGIC Sauce
BBQ Pork
Roast Duck
Fried Pumpkin w/Salt Egg Yolk
Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

Off the Jook/Noodle Menu
Fried Oyster Pancake
Mixed Mushroom Noodle

I didn't love anything. My highlights were the noodles which were those fun, rolled-up, stir fried type with lots of varieties of mushrooms, almost roast beef like slices, green beans & green onion.

I also, surprisingly, liked the Taro Bun-Im not a huge Taro fan but this was delicate and sweet almost with a vanilla hint.

The Tripe was good too. I wish it would have had more green onion/chili heat.

BBQ pork was nice. The fat was really yummy on it.

Durian turnover was pretty tasty too. i wish I had eaten it last.

The rest was forgettable, if not criminal. Oyster Pancake was dry & gross, Shanghai Dumplings were mushy & I got the no-soup-dud-dumpling. The Fried Pumpkin had no yolk flavor and was super greasy. I couldn't even eat a small piece, it was a sad waste of food.

Walking through the resto, to feed the meter, I noticed a lot of lobster dishes, both noodles & stir fries. I'd do a lobster dish next time.

At the end it was $16.50pp for a table of nine. The consensus at the table seemed to be that Shai Lai Seafood is more of a dinner place and not for dim sum.

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