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Nov 7, 2009 02:48 PM

Shanghai Ming Zhu - Balboa Park

Was in the area, stopped in. Shanghai.

I thought the XLB were seriously tolerable. The skins were very thin, nice sense of ginger, piping hot soup, fairly rich broth, decent price.

I had another dish that was spicy meat meat mixture or something. More of a szchuan dish than a shangahi dish. Maybe a little salty. Reasonably spicy, good kick, not actually spicy.

The menu's a little short, a real mom and pop.

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  1. Is this the place across the street from the Balboa Park Bart station on San Jose Ave?

    Balboa Park Bart
    51 Havelock St, San Francisco, CA

    1. Is this a new place in the little strip mall on the corner of San Jose and Geneva with the tacqueria? Google street view does not show it, and everything it does show is familiar.

      1. Wow! "seriously tolerable" XLB so close to home! Thanks for the report. Can't wait to try.

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        1. re: Kmanlove

          Apparently was Chef Tam's in Mission Terrace.
          2257 San Jose Avenue
          (at Seneca Ave)
          San Francisco, CA 94112

          Chef Tam's
          2257 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

        2. Sarah KC and I went the other night. Had crab and pork XLB, Dan Dan noodles and Homestyle tofu. All in all, we were not so impressed but I want to give it a few more tries. The XLB had some good crab flavor, seemingly from some crab butter or roe given the bright yellow of the soup. they were quite juicy, but just not flavorful enough. Will need to try just the pork next time. The Dan Dan noodles were different--more soupy with a very thin noodle. Good flavor though. The tofu was good, nothing special. I would like to try some o the Shanghaiese specialties, especially the eel dishes.

          So far, Beijing Restaurant is head and shoulders better from what I ahve tried, but willing to give it another go. Would be great to have more authentic Chinese in the neighborhood. Now all we need is a great Sichuan place nearby,

          1. The food there is GREAT, fast service, cool waiter/waitress. DELICIOUS FOOD!

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            1. re: FoodLover159

              What did you order? How would you compare it to Shanghai Dumpling or other better known spots?

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                i ordered the shimp thingy with tomato sauce, it was good :P. the shanghai dumpling is GOOD!