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May 18, 2012 12:05 PM

Dong Bei Mama update [San Francisco]

Since our last chowdown there I have been back twice. The first time I ordered some new dishes as well one I have had before. I fear it been a few months ago and I can not find notes if I made any. But on Tuesday I met a couple of my family members planning a upcoming party I offer to take them to Dong Bei Mama since none had been there. The food was good but nothing stood and I will skip that

What is sad to say is the wonderful cold dishes ready made are no longer available Smoked Fish, layers of pork and vegetables gone.

I asked the server and she said it is gone forever.

A great lost. A big thanks Vlaing for taking us there last year.

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  1. Did they say why? I really liked their pressed pork head cold dish. Sort of like head cheese but not pickled nor does it have that gelatin.

    I'm still fond of their pork & napa cabbage dumplings but do remember to order them steamed and not boiled! The skin bloats so it becomes too doughy.

    1. the cold dishes are ALL gone? i was there for a late lunch a few weeks ago, and while there was a limited selection, there were a few sitting out in the cold case. seaweed, pressed tofu, etc. i got the spicy pig's ear to go with a pork and preserved cabbage noodle soup that was pretty homely looking, but had the same milky rich broth served in their hot pots perked up with a bit of tang from the krauty napa and bright white pepper.

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      1. re: augustiner

        I am sorry to have mislead you. There are eight or so cold dishes, but they now serve the normal ones now. Gone are the fancy ones. But the rest of the food was good I am not sure why but I think it was too much work for the kitchen. But I will see if they will make them if requested to do so

        1. re: yimster

          Ah, so mean the terrine looking ones are gone now? Very sad.

          1. re: vliang

            Well, I will check into if they will make them if order ahead the next time I am there.

      2. Went for a lateish lunch today. Place was mostly empty but then a Chinese tour bus pulled up and they fed ~40 tourists in short order.

        Cold spicy shredded pig ear was very tasty.

        Smoked pork belly with bamboo shoots was really good, excellent quality on both counts.

        Mixed mushrooms in dry wok was something different, came out on a stand with a Sterno burner underneath. Didn't recognize all the stuff. Nice flavors and textures.

        Excellent pea leaf with garlic.

        Fish flavor shredded pork a la Sichuan was good but paled a bit compared with the other dishes.

        Good value, $55 including tax and tip for three and we had a bunch of leftovers, could easily have fed four.

        There's a liquor license transfer in the window, so apparently it changed hands again recently. Servers were very friendly.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          So you ordered one cold dish, the pig ears. Is there still a cold case with these cold dishes on display?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Not that I noticed but I didn't look for it.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I did ask on my last visit and was told they longer make them or display. But when I am there again I will ask again

              1. re: yimster

                Are you saying they NO longer make them FOR display?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Yes and no. They no longer and may not have as many of the cold dishes. I asked if they were still making them was given a blank look and was given the impress they were not available. Maybe if you call ahead they maybe be able to make it.

                  1. re: yimster

                    Looking at the ABC records, there was some sort of reorganization in December (different LLC, same manager since 2007), and it changed hands in May.


              2. re: Melanie Wong

                As of my visit last summer, they told me they no longer make the range of cold dishes nor do they have them on display. They stil lhave some cold dishes left they do make, but none of the elaborate oens we had at our chowdown. The last time I was there, a cpl of months ago, this was still the case. I was told that the demand for them was not enough to justify the effort.

                1. re: vliang

                  What a lost. The effort was a overload on the staff. But I am glad we had a chance to try them a year ago.