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hyperbowler Feb 7, 2013 12:39 PM

Fairly new Northern Chinese skewer place plus a few other dishes. Minimum of 2 skewers per order, lots of items $1-$2.

Skewers:
Bacon wrapped lychee: as good as it sounds
Chicken hearts: nice spicing, but the meat had a stronger taste than it should have

They specialize in skewers, but I took a risk at ordering some other stuff because I was craving hearty vegetable matter:

A choy : Coated in a chili oil that also contained whole chili seeds, fennel seeds, and sichuan peppercorns. This was hotter than anything I've eaten at Sichuan restaurants as of late, so best eaten not by itself. Excellent, and only $2.

Pork and cabbage casserole : Also excellent. Contained slices of pork belly, thin clear noodles, and really good fermented cabbage. The cabbage was brightly flavored and crunchy.

Friendly server. It was empty close to 11PM. Open till midnight yesterday (a Wednesday) with regular late night hours.

150 S B St
San Mateo, CA 94401

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    mliew Feb 11, 2013 12:44 PM

    Thanks for the review. Wish they had a website or menu online. What other dishes besides skewers do they have?

    As much as I like skewered meat I see them more as a snack and less as a meal and I'm usually craving something more substantial at say dinner time. I'm wondering if the trend towards all these small plate restaurants is just so restaurants can make more money.

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      hyperbowler Feb 11, 2013 10:40 PM

      Hopefully the attached menu is legible. They're closed on Tuesdays. Ah, if anyone is jonesing for lung, but looks like they have "beef lung in garlic sauce."

      There's enough on the menu to allow for a substantial meal and a few small things. The meal posted about above cost $15 and I had leftovers. Or, you can sample lot of little things. Despite them being a meat oriented business, I'm actually more excited at their vegetable offerings... late night food isn't known for being vegetable friendly, especially at such a cheap price range.

       
      1. re: hyperbowler
        Melanie Wong Feb 11, 2013 11:13 PM

        Probably not really lung, that dish is literally translated as "husband and wife lung slices" and no one around here actually uses lung. Yes, the same "couple's delight" or other menu euphemisms often seen. It's my understanding that lung is not approved for commercial sale.

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          hyperbowler Feb 11, 2013 11:27 PM

          Oh, thanks! The "in garlic sauce" threw me. I was specifically thinking of the following thread when I wrote that!

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8406...

          1. re: hyperbowler
            Melanie Wong Feb 11, 2013 11:45 PM

            You'll learn to read Chinese yet. :)

            Here's the "fu" character, 夫 , and the explanation of the big and strong husband shown in the pictogram.
            http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china...

            And this points out the difficulty of providing translations of Chinese menus. Should they be literal or descriptive? The name of this classic Sichuan dish is deceiving, since it does not contain lung as served here. OTOH, it does contain garlic sauce, but that could apply to any number of preps.

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