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klo4c Dec 28, 2011 10:53 PM

Wanting to try Beijing on Alemany but see that those folks have opened a spot on Irving, too. Which is a lot more convenient. The question is, of course, is it as good as the original is reported to be?

And while we're on the subject of northern Chinese, what are your latest experiences with Old Mandarin, Little Beijing and Dong Bei Mama? Can you tell I'm eager for the possibilities we have here?

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    klo4c Dec 29, 2011 01:04 PM

    Thanks very much to all. Please chime in especially if you have any updates on the previous threads, some a year or more ago.

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      sfbing Dec 29, 2011 09:35 AM

      I've been to both branches of beijing and think the alemany one was better. Could have changed though.

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        intomeat Dec 29, 2011 11:06 AM

        In our last couple of visits to the Alemany location, we noticed the quantity has reduced significantly for about the same price. (Cumin Lamb was less than half of what we usually get!) When we were there last month, we ordered about 1/3 more food than usual. Guess it's a way for them to up the price without really up the price. Anyone shares our experience?

        I was told that Jin's mother cooks at the Sunset location, but we've never been.

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          alfairfax Dec 29, 2011 03:28 PM

          Hmmm. Maybe large portions became less necessary when Yao Ming retired. Just thinking...

      2. baron45 Dec 29, 2011 06:03 AM

        I went to a dinner at Dong Bei Mama a couple months ago. Everything was good, but the eggplant dish. The pork leg was tasty and they do fish very well. If I went back again, I would perhaps order several of the smaller hot and cold appetizers.

        1. Windy Dec 28, 2011 11:08 PM

          Old Mandarin is exactly the same. I love it.

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            klo4c Dec 30, 2011 03:41 PM

            Thanks, Windy. Went to Old Mandarin and had a very good dinner. Beef pancake, chef's special lamb ribs, sauteed string beans. Not sure why but the beef pancake started me out a bit off, but I blended a bit of soy with the vinegar and it was much more to my liking. Lamb and beans were both delicious. Was a bit more than we'd planned on spending for two (and probably would have spent at some of the others) but still think it was a good value.

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              Robert Lauriston Dec 30, 2011 03:56 PM

              I don't like Old Mandarin's noodles or pancakes so well. The hot pot is great and all the lamb dishes I've had have been tasty.

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                klo4c Dec 30, 2011 10:46 PM

                Sounds like we have similar tastes on this, Robert. Know any spots where the noodles and/or pancakes would knock my socks off?

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                  intomeat Dec 31, 2011 08:37 AM

                  Beijing Restaurant noodles and pancakes seem to shine. They make them in the back as people order them.

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                  Beijing Restaurant
                  1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

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                    Robert Lauriston Dec 31, 2011 08:53 AM

                    Most of the Muslim Chinese places that did those well have closed or are in San Jose / Milpitas. I haven't been to Beijing on Alemany yet. Everyday Beijing in San Mateo is good.

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                    Everyday Beijing
                    637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

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                  Windy Dec 30, 2011 07:37 PM

                  Glad it worked out. Next time try: West Lake (lamb) dumplings, extremely spicy pepper with a pancake, and perhaps a warm pot. I've never tried beef there, except the shreds in the extremely hot pepper plate, which is mostly eggs and chiles. Donuts are good too.

                  Many people like the Cumin Lamb, but not a dish I'm crazy about there or elsewhere.

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                    klo4c Dec 30, 2011 10:50 PM

                    Thanks, Windy, I'll give those a taste next time I'm there. Didn't see the donuts? We were told of the extremely spicy pancake, that the name translates as something like "death by spice," which intrigued me, but since my dining companion isn't a heat fiend we went another direction to share.

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                      Robert Lauriston Dec 31, 2011 08:57 AM

                      Old Mandarin's Extremely Hot Pepper is eggs scrambled with a huge quantity of chopped fresh chiles and a few other things. It's good if you like really hot dishes and pick out the chunks of dried red chiles.

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                        Windy Dec 31, 2011 04:27 PM

                        Yes, the name in Chinese is why we ordered it the first time. It's more of a condiment for the pancakes, and gets spicier in leftovers as the flavors meld. I think the donuts are called Fried Sweet Cakes on the menu but not sure.

                        Do a board search for knife cut noodles. I like the ones at Fatima in Cupertino if you're ever down there. They have good sesame bread and fresh tofu too.

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                          Thomas Nash Dec 31, 2011 07:30 PM

                          Beijing does the same dish with a similar name (Chili Delight in English, I think). My Pleco iPhone app (really worth it with OCR) came up with something like Extreme Spice for the translation of Old Mandarin's Chinese description.

                          Beijing's version is hot, but not at the extreme of Old Mandarin. They serve it with a simple pancake to wrap it up like moo shu or Peking duck. I really like the Beijing version and thought that the Old Mandarin version was essentially almost pure chopped Thai chiles. I like extremely spicy, but even with a beef pancake, I thought it was too much and lacking in other flavors.

                          Both versions seem as if they could be authentic Beijing food. Is it possible that they just reflect two variations? Or is one more typical of what you would get in Beijing? Can an expert who has been to Beijing recently weigh in on this question? It has been bothering my curiosity for the last 2 weeks since we were at Old Mandarin.

                          And I prefer Beijing's Cumin Lamb also. It is one of the best around.

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                            Robert Lauriston Jan 1, 2012 11:10 AM

                            The Old Mandarin version would be too hot for me and unpleasantly bitter if I didn't pick out the chunks of dried red chilies. Seemed like roughly equal amounts of serranos / jalapeños and eggs to me. I've seen the dish called scrambled eggs with chiles.

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