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Shan Dong on 10th, Oakland--long

Louise | Dec 5, 200503:30 PM

John and I finally got to this place. We ordered green onion cake, spring rolls, house special fried tofu with sauce, dry fried green beans, and steamed rice.

In order:

Green onion cake: texture very nice. Crispy exterior, beautifully formed. I wanted it more savory with way more green onions, John agreed. It was very much improved by dipping in the soy & hot pepper oil sauce. The waiter offered peanut sauce which he said went very well with it. I thought the peanut sauce was just OK, John really liked it and ate most.

Spring rolls: again, just OK. Filling had good flavor with mushrooms and no nasty celery. However, outside was too thick and doughy. Sweet and sour dipping sauce was interesting, I kept thinking it tasted like it had rosewater. Ethnically I realize it doesn't match, but I know what rosewater tastes/smells like, and I swear some was in there.

Special fried tofu with sauce: super double extra yum. Cubes of creamy tofu with wonderful custardy interior, with savory soy based sauce plus slight hot pepper taste plus slight vinegar note, noticeable but not harsh--John thought perhaps rice vinegar, I thought black vinegar. I kept biting and then dipping/sopping/pressing the newly exposed tofu interior in the sauce.

Dry fried green beans: yum. A large portion of beans with that nice crinkly exterior and a spare coating of soy and unidentifiable good tasting stuff probably including stir fried garlic, green onions, and chili flakes.

Rice: ok taste, but with separate grains instead of clumpy stuff that sticks together properly to be eaten with chopsticks. John asked for brown rice, but it wasn't ready at lunchtime, they said it was available for dinner.

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