Jasmine Tea House [San Francisco] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 2
I had this meal on 2/28/12, and wrote this the same day - still doing some catching up!
I have a cold, and went here in search of a healthy lunch – preferably soup. I ordered two things – the Hung To Yeo Won Ton Soup, and the Vegetable Dumplings. The dumplings were steamed and were a Cantonese style translucent dumpling – the filling was tofu and spinach. The texture was not what I expected – there was a chewiness that reminded me of play dough, and I couldn't quite decide whether I loved this or hated it. I made a dipping sauce of soy sauce and vinegar, which helped add more flavor.
The wonton soup consisted of soup and wontons topped with lots of stir fried meat and vegetables. I had never seen so many things in a small bowl of wonton soup before – beef, pork, shrimp, chicken, water chestnut, snow pea, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms and carrots, which all seemed to have been stir-fried in a salty sauce, and then added to the soup. The soup tasted like a watered down brown sauce because of this, which I didn't like. I think I would have rather had a regular wonton soup. The wontons themselves were pretty decent.
Even though I had ordered soup (not on the lunch menu), I still got a complimentary bowl of hot and sour soup. This was pretty good – lots of vinegar and pepper and a good kick. Maybe not quite as good as the free hot and sour soup I got in Oakland (at Shandong) the other day, but not far off.
Service was friendly, and I think I'd probably go back here in a pinch, but not for wonton soup.
Jasmine Tea House
3253 Mission St.
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