Everyday Beijing Chowdown
- yimster May 7, 2007 07:32 AM
Last night 16 hounds had a follow up meal to enjoy the offerings at Everyday Beijing. The following are a list of the dishes we had. I will let others report before I add my comments.
Bean curd strips
Thousand year old eggs and bean curd
Marinated pig ears
Marinated slow cooked beef
Marinated slow cooked beef tendon
Marinated slow cooked pig ears
Cod stewed wiht Beijing sauce
Fish Head Clay Pot Soup
Szechuan style eggplant
Asparagus stir fry
Garlic sauce on choy
Garlic sauce shredded pork
Shrimp and chive dumplings
Jing Dong layered porkcake
Beijing bean paste noodles (Zha Jiang Mein)
We did not order rice.
I will wait for the others to comment first.
I had a great time at Everyday Beijing eating all the dishes. My favorites are the Cod stewed with Beijing sauce, Fish Head Clay Pot Soup, Fish dumplings and Beijing bean paste noodles.
I tried to get pictures of all the dishes but I missed out on 3 of them...sorry about that!
1. Marinated pork (I thought this was pork but it's not on yimster's list)
2. Marinated slow cooked pig ears
3. Bean curd strips
4. Thousand year old eggs and bean curd
Wow, what a feast! Thanks so much for taking care of the ordering, yimster.
Everyday Beijing far exceeded my expectations for such a modest establishment. At most Chinese restaurants, the menu is rather hit-or-miss, with many so-so dishes interspersed with the good ones. Almost everything we ate at Everyday Beijing was delicious -- there were only a few (out of what seemed like 20) dishes that were not hits. The cold dishes especially were standouts.
My favorites: tendon (very tender and silky), pig ears, pork cake (a bit greasy but still delectable), and dumplings.
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Thank goodness we didn't order rice! It was already quite a carb feast!
Everything was wonderfully executed. I'm not usually a huge fan of Chinese cold appetizers, but I really appreciated the array of textures in the dishes we had. I'm a sucker for thousand year old egg, and I enjoyed the pairing with the soft bean curd. The "husband and wife" dishes were nicely flavored, though I still can't remember which is the husband and which is the wife! Also, I'm embarrassed to admit it: last night was my first time trying pig ear. I've always been a bit squeamish, but I was pleasantly surprised: this dish was wonderfully chewy and addictive.
I loved the rich broth of the fish head clay pot soup. If there weren't so many other dishes to try, I would have helped myself to seconds and thirds! The bean paste noodles are a pretty ordinary dish, but what made it a cut above the usual was the nice toothsomeness of the noodles. A sign in the window said that these noodles were "house made," though Yimster noted that they use a machine.
All of the dumplings were fresh and delicious, but the highlight for me were the lamb dumplings, which retained some savory hot juice inside. By the time the Jing Dong layered porkcake (Chinese hamburger?) arrived, I was reeling, so I didn't have any at the restaurant. I brought home a piece, though, and boy was I mad at myself for not having taken more. The leftover piece I had for lunch today was darn tasty!
All in all, I'm looking forward to going back soon. I think any one or two of the dishes would make a satisfying meal on its own.
Many thanks to Yimster and Marlon for organizing another memorable feast! And it was a pleasure to have such lovely company.
The company was great! Thanks to Yimster for ordering many special (not on the menu) dishes and then some!!! I just had the last left-over dumplings, one of my favorite dishes. The other was an unusual dish from Shandong province, the garlic sauce shredded pork which was sweet and tangy with a great consistency.
My other likes:
Bean curd strips
Thousand year old eggs and bean curd, I liked it very much and had never tasted this combination
Marinated slow cooked beef tendon
Cumin Lamb, a bit spicy for me
Cod stewed with Beijing sauce was amazing but cod is a bit bony...
Fish Head Clay Pot Soup, one of the highlights in our table.
Garlic sauce on choy, this is the peak season!
Garlic sauce shredded pork, please try it!
Shrimp and chive dumplings (allergic to shrimp)
Lamb dumplings (just ate the last one)
Jing Dong layered porkcake, great taste but these tend to be greasy. Here less than other places.
As can be seen we had a banquet that was very well worth our trip from Berkeley! Thanks again to everyone that came to the event. I am happy to see many more chowdowns starting to occur again.
I just tried Everyday Beijing on Mother's Day. All eight of us enjoyed the food. Thanks for the recommendation. They had a special Fish and Chive dumpling rather than the one with shrimp. The owner specifically said that we must try them and was so sure that we would like them that he said that if we didn't like them he would eat them! Too cute. Of course the Fish dumplings were so tasty and had a lovely texture. If you are in San Mateo, stop by and get a plate of these special dumplings!