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SF Dish of the Month (October 2013) - Voting

Since no one else has had a chance to do this yet...

Like last month, I'm going to skip the nomination round, and just combine everything into a single discussion. Feel free to include a sales pitch with any nominations, which was very effective in past months.

Everyone is welcome to vote once by pressing the recommend button for the dish you'd like to choose. You can change your mind up until the deadline.

I included most of the runners-up from last month....but if there's something else you'd like to be on the ballot, you can write it in, and then others can vote using the recommend button. If you write something in, that will be considered your one vote (and if you want to change your vote after that, just post again to say so)

Voting will be open until October 1st at 12 PM PT.

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    1. re: hyperbowler

      I recommend Ma Pa Tofu. It's one of my favorite Chinese dishes because good versions are bursting with satisfying flavors-savory, creamy, umami, spicy. It reminds me of Mousaka which I grew up with. It's not a common dish and often times versions can be unauthentic. I work in Davis which is a culinary wasteland of dreadful Americanized Asian restaurants. Went too one with coworkers and saw Ma Po tofu on the menu. Against my better judgment ordered it and it was truly worse than I could have ever imagined. Closer to SF we have lots of Great Sischuan restaurants like China Village and Great Eastern and all the ones in the South Bay I have heard of and want to try but haven't yet because I don't make it to the South Bay very often. Lots of opportunities to try authentic Ma Po tofu and enjoy the savory Ma La (numbing hot from the combination of chili and Sischuan pepper) flavors. Best recent version I have had was in the top Sischuan restaurant in Hong Kong. It was truly sublime and perfect in every way.

      1. re: Ridge

        Which one in Hong Kong did u try?

        1. re: ckshen

          San Xi Lou

          My husband posted a recap of our HK meals on the China board:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901098

      2. re: hyperbowler

        MA PO TOFU
        (typed out b/c a user can't recommend an item they posted)

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