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Apr 25, 2010 04:30 AM

ISO East Bay or SF chinese restaurants that serve good beef-and-eggs over rice (滑蛋牛肉飯)

Been looking around for this comfort food. I prefer to have it taken out so I can add some chili paste with fermented black beans to add a slightly pungent taste to its usual mild flavor. Can someone suggest a restaurant that does this dish particularly well? Thanks.

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  1. The Garden Restaurant (whole in the wall next to the Chinatown Hilton) serves lots of comfort food. I often get the pork and eggs over rice for lunch (I spice my up with siracha). I sometimes get french toast for lunch their too - it is a Chinese Restaurant, but they make everything!

    Garden Restaurant
    716 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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    1. re: myst

      Thought the GR closed eons ago -- if not, great news -- they made the best chow fun ever! Oakland's New Gold Medal's egg rice plates looked really good, as does China First's (SF Clement St)..

      1. re: Sarah

        Thank you both. I have tried Daimo in Richmond and a couple of places on Balboa in SF and was disappointed by all of them. Will try your suggestions.

        1. re: tvr172

          Will you please report back with your findings... good and bad!

          1. re: Sarah

            So I finally went to China First for its beef-and-eggs over rice. The flavoring was right. The eggs were not overcooked and leached into the rice matrix underneath. However, the beef was of very poor quality and the slices were too big (up to 4 inches long). A couple of them was simply too tough to chew through. Another thing I did not like was they put way too much rice with the result the eggs could only coat a small portion of it. At $4.75 it was cheap, but I would have gladly paid a more for better quality.

            China First
            336 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

        2. re: Sarah

          Garden Restaurant certainly was there last time I went by. Only change I can recall is that Mrs. Fong's name fell off a few years back. One thing I couldn't figure is the immediately adjacent space, which had an "Asian Food Express" sign over the entrance, but which was not an independent operation, and also is physically connected to the Garden Restaurant space.

          1. re: Sarah

            I'd try New Gold Medal. I've seen that dish quite a few times and it looked good. NGM does a good job with old school items.

            New Gold Medal
            389 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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          1. Give Tak Kee Lee on 2435 Noriega St in SF a try. After learning that the owners used to operate a dai pai dong in Hong Kong, and spotting them making fresh won tons in house, (along with having a great cuppa HK milk tea) with the place packed to the brim on a Saturday afternoon, in addition to reasonable prices, might just be a good candidate. I believe it's a cash only place.

            For SF Chinatown...Washington Bakery does some pretty decent Cantonese side of the menu (white board Chinese stir fry specials is interesting), so I'd nominate them for the beef with runny egg rice.

            Yeah stir fry rice plates HK style is comfort food (and also bachelor food in a sense when you've moved out of your parents house). The sad thing in SF is that in general there are only two places that do stir fry rice/noodle plates well...dim sum restaurants (very expensive but high quality) or a good HK cafe/cha chaan teng. This is definitely the case in the Peninsula/South Bay.

            Tak Kee Lee
            2435 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA

            1. Think Jac's Asian Bistro has it on their menu. Plus, if you go during their Happy Hour, it's only $3.88

              Mac's Wok
              10558 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530