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Visiting San Francisco in September and we *love* obscure, ethnic, authentic spicy cuisine!

Swankalicious Jul 29, 2012 04:50 PM

We'll be in SF with our toddler in mid-September. On my list: Mission Chinese. Aside from that, I'm open to suggestions. We love dim sum and Mexican, so I'd love tips for fantastic taco shops and dim sum parlors (we typically dine at a large banquet-type place called Ton Kiang). We are traveling with kids, so we're not on the lookout for fancy places -- just down-n-dirty AWESOME must try's!

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  1. Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2012 05:00 PM


    1. Cynsa Jul 29, 2012 05:05 PM

      - order the Chef's Special Spicy Fish Stew

      Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
      3132 Vicente St
      (between 42nd Ave & 43rd Ave
      )San Francisco, CA 94116
      - order the Extremely Hot Pepper la si ni

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      1. re: Cynsa
        grayelf Jul 29, 2012 10:47 PM

        Plus one on the la si ni at Old Mandarin -- I'm still thinking about that dish from this chowdown in 2010 on one of our visits: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7454... Prolly would have been back for it if the resto wasn't so far from the FiDi and there weren't so many other worthies in SF and environs!

        Burmese is also a must-try in SF, as is Lao in Oakland, for me at least. I like Mandalay and Vientiane respectively.

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        MagicMarkR Aug 7, 2012 02:51 PM

        If you are willing to travel to the east bay, you might consider Sahn Maru for Korean.
        The same neighborhood has several other Korean and Ethiopian options.


        1. bbulkow Aug 8, 2012 01:04 AM

          Spices, dude.
          Spices I has the stinky tofu, Spices 2 has more entrails.
          Szechuan doesn't count as obscure around here, but for a lot of places, a good numbing entrail casserole can be an unusual treat.

          1. Robert Lauriston Aug 8, 2012 08:58 AM

            Go to Ton Kiang at dinner and get the "steamed bacon with dried mustard greens."

            The specialty at Old Mandarin is Peking-style hot pot. People drive there from all over the Bay Area for that.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              bbulkow Aug 8, 2012 01:39 PM

              It isn't really like the hot pot I had in beijing a few years back, which is apparently a true specialty of beijing. You can't get it in Shanghai, either. I haven't tried Little Sheep, which I suspect is closer to beijing style - although there's a related chengdu style (but I haven't been to chengdu).

              Lots of people like OMI's hotpot, it's worth the trip, although I was underwhelmed.

              1. re: bbulkow
                Robert Lauriston Aug 8, 2012 01:48 PM

                What made the hot pot for me at Old Mandarin was the great dipping sauce and the optional "leek flower sauce."

                The hot pot I had at Little Sheep in San Mateo was totally different.


                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  KevinJF Aug 18, 2012 09:03 PM

                  It's well known, but The Slanted Door lives up to the hype.

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              Beach Chick Aug 18, 2012 09:31 PM

              Friends love Burma SuperStar..


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