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The Pot Sticker in Chinatown [San Francisco]

adamclyde Aug 20, 2013 09:30 AM

I know this place has gotten a lot of mixed reviews... went there for the first time this past week and just wanted to report that I had a really nice shui zhu yu (or at least I think that's what it was). It was really good. The fish (catfish I think) was perfectly tender and flavorful. I left with a burning tongue and numb lips. All in all a great meal. I didn't have much of a chance to sample other things, but my fish was lovely.

  1. grayelf Aug 20, 2013 03:38 PM

    Thanks for the heads up on good waterboiled fish near where we usually stay! That is prolly my favourite dish of all dishes Chinese, in any style. Did it have either noodles or beansprouts at the bottom?

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    1. re: grayelf
      mariacarmen Aug 20, 2013 03:46 PM

      friends of mine just went here last week when they couldn't get into Z&Y, and loved it.

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      bobsleaddretired Sep 3, 2013 04:16 PM

      This really looks good and I do like hot and spicy, what price range are we looking at? And are there other spicy meats other than fish?

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      1. re: bobsleaddretired
        Joel Sep 3, 2013 06:54 PM

        I walked by here a few days ago and picked up a paper menu. It looks very interesting -- much more interesting than the on-line menu.
        You can get hot-pots with a choice of several different "flavor bases" and add ingredients as you wish.
        Many offal dishes on the menu. If you're looking for "other meats" you'll find many parts of various animals offered.
        Some dishes are listed as "Rural Fence Basket."

        1. re: bobsleaddretired
          adamclyde Sep 4, 2013 05:35 PM

          if I remember correctly, the price range was in mid-point for Chinatown restaurants. A little more expensive than your average place, perhaps but by no means outrageous. I think the shui zhu yu was ~$16 if I remember correctly. So definitely reasonable.

        2. Dave MP Nov 4, 2013 04:36 PM

          Curious to hear if anyone else has any reports on this place. Might check it out this week, and would be great to know about other good dishes to order besides the water boiled fish.

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          1. re: Dave MP
            Melanie Wong Nov 4, 2013 08:51 PM

            You could order Guilin noodles and tell us how the dish compares with Oakland's.

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Dave MP Nov 4, 2013 09:26 PM

              Huh, I had no idea there was a place with Guilin noodles in SF Chinatown. I wasn't reading CH San Francisco in 2010 or 2011, so I missed this!

              1. re: Dave MP
                Melanie Wong Nov 4, 2013 09:50 PM

                Yes, thought I'd surprise you with that one! My recollection is that its version is not that different from the Yunnan crossing the bridge noodles at Z & Y.

                1. re: Melanie Wong
                  soupçon Nov 5, 2013 07:38 AM

                  If so, it's really a different dish from the Guilin Mifen served at Classic Guilin Rice Noodles in Oakland (if that's the place you were referring to above).

                  1. re: soupçon
                    Melanie Wong Nov 5, 2013 12:45 PM

                    You can see the photo and description in the link provided in my earlier post, as well as a question from you.

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