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Superior Palace - brief

cc | Feb 6, 200212:58 PM

We were in the Outer Richmond to check out "Mulholland Drive" at the world-famous Balboa, and needed to get some inexpensive fare prior. Thanks to a fellow Chowhound we found the Superior Palace. Unfortunately we did not note on the menu that it was billed as "a seafood restaurant". Next time we go, we're ordering seafood, and as a note, we noticed many fellow patrons ordering large trays of oysters - not sure what dish it was but it was popular.

Okay, let's see what we ordered:

Hot and Sour Soup - Not very hot, not very good. Pork strips had a weird texture and slightly unpleasant, ripe taste.

Egg Roll - Crunchy and fried with a radioactive red sweet/sour goo alongside. Ah, the memories of East Coast Chinese came flooding back.

House Pork Spareribs - Fried ribs, very elasticky. Not entirely unpleasant but I wouldn't recommend. Certainly not worth the waist expansion.

Mu Shu Pork - Now this was good. The pancakes were extremely thin, almost diaphanous, hoisin worked and the Mu Shu was crunchy and tasty. Recommended.

Clay Pot Chicken with Ginger/Green Onion - This was pretty good although the brown sauce needed more soy or something. The chicken was not of a very good quality but the huge unpeeled ginger chunks were cool. It came out bubbling, almost molten.

Perhaps my favorite part of the evening was when I ordered another Tsing-Tao, and the waiter came and delivered a chilled bottle. I had finished my second - or so I thought - there was an almost imperceptibly small quantity still left - the waiter put down the new one, picked up the old one, shot me a disapproving look and placed it back on the tablecloth. The message was clear and I dutifully finished the nasty remains. This guy belonged at the frat house! Utterly fantastic.

The bill was ridiculously inexpensive for 5 people: 4 entrees, 1 soup, 1 appetizer, rice, 4 beers, 2 sodas. $44 plus tip.

Superior Palace
3546 Balboa Street (at 36 or 37th)

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