Dol Ho is a national treasure [San Francisco]
Dol Ho is a small dim sum place on Pacific just above Stockton. Its main constituency consists of elderly Chinese people who are very nice and very serious about dim sum. Everything I have had there lately has been excellent, but the real phenomenon is something called chicken and rice. The people there are so happy when the chicken and rice cart appears that it makes you want to cry. What a great place.
Yes, the run on the chicken rice cart when it emerges from the kitchen is indeed a sight to behold! I was back at Dol Ho in October. I'd run out of my favorite hot sauce, the umami-laden housemade stuff here that you can buy by the jar at the front counter. So this was a chance to return to have my favorite steamed spareribs around. Like the chicken and rice, this is available on top of a pot of steamed rice and then given a splash of a seasoned soy sauce-based jus when served. Here's the picture,
I'm not sure exactly how much it costs since I bought more than one item, but something on the order of $2 and change for the sparerib rice. I also got my favorite ma lai go, steamed cake. And the blessed hot sauce, the secret to so much of my spicy cooking. Still no tea charge here, unlike just about every dim sum house I can think of.
And, I'm so sorry to report that the crystal chandelier is gone.
808 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
I was in Chinatown early Saturday morning and popped in here to get malai goh, but alas none available.
New to me, a tray of flatbreads with a donut-like hole in the center. I was told they were chong yao beng (cong you bing) aka scallion pancakes. I've never seen any that looked like these before. Rather than interspersed and scant bits of green onions, these had a decided layer of salty scallion filling between the pan fried dough casings. They were still warm at 9am and only $1.75 for three pieces, each about 3" across.