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Feb 18, 2009 05:06 PM

Good Chinese in the Mission?

Is anybody aware of any good chinese restaurants in the Mission? The couple of places I have tried have all been cheap americanized places dishing up greasy food made with low quality ingredients. I am not a chinese food expert so the food does not have to be absolutely authentic, but some good well-prepared dishes made with reasonable ingredients would be nice. There seems to be a significant asian influence in the Mission, but most of the chinese restaurants look pretty dismal. I am hoping that someone might point me to a hidden gem where the food is better than the humble exterior would suggest. Thanks.

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  1. I feel your pain.

    Over the years, I have found that Red Jade on Church near Market is pretty good for soups and a yummy celery salad. And Wild Pepper on 26th has a unique cucumber salad I like. Spicy Bite on Mission @ Cortland is interesting (it's an Indian/Chinese mix).

    If you haven't tried these, I'd suggest you do. I've never dined in at any of them, so I can't speak to the decor or anything like that.

    Good luck!

    Spicy Bite
    3501 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: Absonot

        adding link (boy this isn't intuitive)

        Red Jade
        245 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        Wild Pepper
        3601 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: Absonot

          I used to go to Spicy Bite when I lived near there, but I only remember it for its Indian food which was quite good. I now live near Aslam's and Dosas on Valencia St. so my Indian food needs are well taken care.

          I have seen Wild Pepper and have been tempted before -- I will give it a try soon. Thanks.

        2. The closest would be the new Henry's Hunan on Church and 29th (only 3 blocks from Mission).

          There's not a lot of good Asian food on this side of town. Lotus Garden (Vietnamese) and Angkor Borei (Cambodian) are the exceptions.

          1. I order from wild pepper ALL the time! I live in Potrero and it is one of the few places that delivers out here. Love the General chicken and the Honk Kong Style Crispy noodles.... So yummy! They will also do some dishes that are not on the menu like Salt and pepper crispy tofu.

            Wild Pepper
            3601 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. Jasmine Tea House. Pretty authentic Chinese food. (IMO) and very fresh. The wonton soup is amazing. They have great vegetarian options too.

              Jasmine Tea House
              3253 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              1. re: carfeng

                I know that JTH has its fans on this site but I find it pretty poor and not authentic. Also, they have had a run of some alarmingly bad health inspection scores. It disappoints me b/c I remember it being good back in the day and I live in the neighborhood.


                FYI: A score of 44 is super low.

                1. re: Candice

                  Wow. That score is pretty terrifying.

                  1. re: SFDude

                    It's not the first low score either, which is even more alarming!

                    1. re: Candice

                      Hmm...I clicked on your link and couldn't find Jasmine Tea House listed on the site at all. I definitely stand by its freshness, and I guess "authenticity" is pretty objective (I was born in Beijing and raised on home cooked Chinese food)...

                      1. re: carfeng

                        Looks like that web site just changed their format recently. Here is another one.

              2. Another vote for Wild Pepper, please! With an order of potstickers and their really tasty war won ton soup! I'm particularly fond of their salt & pepper fish. Nice decor. But what clinches it for me is their wine list and tiny parking lot--yes, wine list! Yes, parking lot! And the white wines are of different degrees of sweetness, perfect for Chinese food. David, their manager/owner, always takes good care of me! He's remembered my name since the first time I handed him my credit card--that's great FOH!