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Apr 25, 2012 09:19 PM

Searching for the long lost San Francisco Special Egg Foo Yung

Years ago my father took us to a restaurant in Chinatown that served a special type of Egg Foo Yung. It wasn't your typical flat style but was a brown deep fried lump that was covered in a brown sauce. It was crispy on the outside with a nice soft interior. Soooooooo good! I've never found it anywhere in my travels and never in SF. Does anyone have any idea where I could locate such a mysterious delectable treat?

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  1. I dunno about the deep fried thing you described (never saw one) but I am looking for what I think of as former trad EFY. That would be 3 pan-fried pancakes containing eggs, bean sprouts and the specified meat -- usually little shrimp or BBQ pork, and also some other stuff as well. These are covered with a simple light-brown gravy (probably chicken) and accompanied by a mound of rice.

    In recent years, when I order EFY I get one massive pancake with some veggies and maybe sprouts in it, and sitting on top is a meat and sauce stir-fry. Not the same concept at all!

    Does anyone know a place in Marin serving the old-style egg foo yung?

    1. old-fashioned EFY at Golden Rice Bowl across from San Tung on Irving st. Wok- fried in plenty of oil with a creamy center and crispy exterior. The owner is amicable with great hospitality. Also a real greasy version at Wooey Looey Gooey, Chinatown. Not as crispy.

      Could Rice Bowl's be what you long for? Made me feel back East.