New "21 Taste House" near City College features Yunnan rice noodle dishes. [San Francisco]
- soupçon Jan 16, 2013 08:53 PM
21 Taste House Grill & Noodle Cuisine opened about a week ago on Ocean Avenue near City College. It features grilled meats, rice plates, and, of most interest to me, a large selection of Yunnan rice noodle dishes. It seems to have become an instant success with students.
I visited today and had a bowl of Yunnan rice noodle soup with lamb shoulder slices and a kimchi appetizer. I found the soup a little on the bland side and the noodles overdone, but the latter may be due to the fact that the place is still adjusting to its popularity. It was totally slammed, even after 1:00 today.
21 Taste House
1109 Ocean Avenue at Lee St.
Actually from what I can see just walking around the city, the job outlook is improving a lot. At least three "server wanted" signs in less than a mile today.
Rents are climbing in that area as they are citywide, and with the new Whole Foods and fancy apartments across the street, more hungry diners. Ocean Avenue's been pretty dismal.
re: Melanie Wong
Yes, they were the ones with a round cross-section.
I think there has been an influx of Chinese (especially students) from different regions of China, hence a growing market for non-Cantonese food. Hard to imagine a lot of immigration from Yunnan, though. Maybe there's an attitude of "anything but Cantonese for a change."
21 Taste House has a lot of hearty hungry-student fare in addition to traditional noodles, like grilled pork chops and other meats over rice or noodles. Sustenance may trump provenance in the students' choices!
re: Melanie Wong
Regarding Melanie's question, the guys at 21 Taste House have a friend from Yunnan Province who taught them how to make a few kinds of Yunnan hot pot. That's why there aren't other Yunnan dishes on the menu. For practical reasons, they serve these as soups rather than having the customers make it themselves at the table.
It's been a few months since I was there, but I remember the soup having a hodgepodge of vegetables, enoki mushrooms, fish. The only unfamiliar ingredient was goji berries. Not knowing anything about Yunnan cuisine, I couldn't pick up what distinguished this soup from other regional soups. But good is good, and it's a filling one dish meal.
Another dish I enjoyed was beef wrapped around enoki mushrooms. The preparation was very juicy.