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Strange Chow at the S & E Lounge [San Francisco]

Sam B | Nov 3, 200312:14 AM

A couple of weeks ago, hungry after a long flight, I stopped at the S & E Lounge (19th @ Taraval) on my way home from SFO. I had driven by this place many times, always in a hurry to get home, and had been meaning to check it out. This night, the parking gods smiled upon me with a slot right in front, and recognizing a good dining omen, I took it.

Something about the look of the place suggested that it would be a fine place for a late-night bowl of noodles or jook to fortify me for the trip back to Sonoma.

What I found was some new(for me anyway)sort East/West fusion food. I am familiar with Western food on an otherwise Chinese menu - i.e. bakeries in Chinatown that serve lamb chops with mashed potatoes, salad, and ice cream for unbelievable prices. This, however, was a mix of cultures on one plate.

While there were some outright Western dishes - Chicken Pot Pie, Roast Beef, etc., most of the dishes were an unusual mix East and West. For instance...

Stir Fried Spaghetti with Spam

Rice Porridge with Diced Roast Beef

The beverage menu included the usual spread of Pearl teas, but took them up a notch by adding a scoop of ice cream. The drink of choice however, judging by the other tables was "Boiled Coca Cola with Ginger"

With my mind already set on a bowl of noodles, I resisted the urge for adventure and had a bowl BBQ Pork Wonton w/Noodle. The wonton, I was told, were Shanghai style, which apparently means that they are filled with pork rather than shrimp. This was a good, but not great bowl of noodles.

Wondering if anyone is familiar with the origins of this genre of cooking, or has tried any of the more unusual offerings at the S & E Lounge.

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