B & M Mei Sing [San Francisco]
Recent reports? Few mentions on the board. What to get, and what to avoid? Thanks.
B & M Mei Sing
62 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Haven't been in literally 11 years? i used to love their black bean chicken. that's all i've got for you.
I started eating there in the mid 80's when I worked in the Dark Tower and still return when I am near the financial district.
My favorite dish is the scrambled egg (well done with wok hei) and cha sieu over rice with gai lan. Beef stew is not on the menu but they still have it and it is very flavorful. I used to also get the black bean sauce chicken and the mixed vegetable chicken. A lot of people seem to order the fried fish. I am not particularly a fan of the noodle dishes and have never eaten off of the steam table, although it looks tempting at times. I did once have the salt and pepper pork and it was tasty but too much of a good thing.
I was last there about a month ago. My friend Mr. Kayo calls the place Poker Chip because of the ordering method. I can tell you that from time to time I run into people who used to work in the fidi and have returned for a rice plate.
I've been here twice now - so I'm reviving this thread.
First visit was with david kaplan, and I had some very good chow fun with roast pork and Chinese broccoli. Nice wok-char on the noodles, and a huge portion (it was enough for two lunches)
Second visit was with several others, and we shared a bunch of dishes — all ordered off the menu. For me, the highlights were the wonton lo mein (which was thin noodles in a light sauce, with various types of meat and wontons), eggplant with tofu (sauce was similar to what you find in the carts at Cantonese dim sum - mild, almost-clear sauce), and again, the chow fun.
Salt and pepper pork chops were good, but super salty - too much salt for me. Chicken with asparagus and stir fried broccoli w/ garlic were fine. Chow mein was mediocre at best. Beef stew with tofu was good - the beef stew had several chunks of tendon, which I wasn't crazy about, but the stew had a nice flavor. Not sure if that one was actually on the menu. Shrimp with scrambled eggs were cooked well done - the egg was almost omelet-like and browned, but the shrimp were tender. Another huge portion here. Whole fried fish (sole) was a bit greasy, but there were some tender pieces of fresh-tasting fish beneath the fried layers.
I think ordering off the menu (as opposed to the steam table) is key here, although the place is busy enough during lunch that the steam table gets decent turnover. I still haven't tried any noodle soups here yet, but intend to do that soon.
re: Dave MP
I've been going there since the mid 80's. I always order off the menu, although the steam table sometimes looks good. They probably use too much msg and oll, but damn the food is good.
I have had the s&p pork chops and one order is too much of a good thing here. I've had less salty versions elsewhere. The beef stew is not on the menu but they still have it. Their version is nicely spiced and does have a lot of sinew, but that is the way it is supposed to be. My favorite dish is cha sieu with scrambled eggs well done with wok hei. Again, I have never seen this dish with the eggs any other way than well done, which happens to be the way I like it. For years, I have watched many people order the fried fish. Someday I will be in the mood. My friend Dr. Kayo favors the won ton soup when he can't get to a place with matzoh balls or albondigas.
The other thing I like about B&M is that it still attracts long-time customers. On different occasions, I have run into Chinese woman friends there from my 1st job in 1976 in the East Bay. Occasionally I see people with whom I worked in the financial district in the mid 80's.