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Mission Chinese - what are the best things to order?

I am going to Mission Chinese soon - what dishes do people recommend? I can handle plenty of spice and heat, but am not exclusively looking for just those dishes.


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  1. Ma po tofu
    Salt cod fried rice

    1. The signature dishes you'll probably want to try are:
      thrice cooked bacon
      kung pao pastrami
      mapo tofu
      salt cod fried rice
      chicken wings

      How many people do you have? The portions are generous and you might end up with too much food (though MCF makes for some great leftovers).

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      1. re: kathryn

        When I went to MCF with a friend last month those "signatures" are the exact five dishes we ordered. However we kind of didn't think about the fact that out of those five dishes, only the rice was non-spicy.... so we were like dripping tears and snot and downing soy milk by the glass the entire time.

        A thoroughly enjoyable experience nonetheless! (And yes, a LOT of leftovers, which were just as delicious cold from the fridge in the middle of the night.)

        1. re: kathryn

          Out of those, my favorite is the thrice-cooked bacon with the kung pao pastrami a close second. My friend and my SO are both really into the beef/broccoli right now.

          Skip pig's tails. Vinegar peanuts are great, as are the smashed cucumbers and the tiger vegetable salad.

        2. I really love the lamb ribs, I don't think it's on the menu right now though. They change up the menu items quite often so I would recommend you pick dishes based on what you like to eat.

          1. after having gone enough to try everything we wanted to, my wife and i now generally order chinese pickles, smashed cucumbers, chilled kale, chicken wings and mapo tofu. if I were going for the first time, i'd want to have the kung pal pastrami.

            1. Thanks everyone for the quick responses. I'm going with just 1 other person, so can't order everything I want on the menu. Hence I appreciate the suggestions.

              1. They now deliver to any place in Manhattan under 59th street.
                I might try this option very soon.

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                1. re: Monica

                  Just tried delivery today. Nice to be able to add it to my rotation of hunan manor, cafe china and szechuan gourmet.

                  1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                    Where are you?
                    was the food still hot?

                    1. re: Monica

                      40th and 5th. the food was still hot when it got here.

                  2. re: Monica

                    Must resist. Stomach is growling.

                    1. Fried rice (just not the chicken one)

                        1. I'm on 54th and 11th. Technically they should deliver here, right? It would be quadruple cooked bacon by the time the food gets here.

                          Here's a quick run of what I liked/didnt from the classics..

                          thrice cooked bacon - didnt like
                          kung pao pastrami - Loved
                          mapo tofu - Loved
                          salt cod fried rice - Liked
                          chicken wings - surprisingly didnt like
                          Also didnt care for the cumin lamb but its not on the menu anymore

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                          1. re: Ziggy41

                            you are at 54th and 11th ave? who do you work for? one of the car dealers there?

                            next week, when I am done with my leftovers in the house, i am going to drive in and order like $100 worth of food from here and bring all home in nj.

                              1. re: Monica

                                Yep, work for a small software firm on 54th between 11/12. Best location in town if you are shopping for a car or a cheap root canal. I live in Staten Island ;(

                            1. Placed my first order this morning. The delivery/gratuity charge is quite steep.

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                              1. re: Pookipichu

                                I ordered yesterday, loved the rice though I wish there were more chinese sausage chunks. And yes the charges are a bit much.

                                1. re: Pookipichu

                                  Just looked and didn't realize they auto add 18% tip. Huh. I guess trycaviar.com is assuming you're doing big office catering orders? The real time GPS tracking is kind of interesting.

                                  1. re: kathryn

                                    The delivery and gratuity came to 35% of my bill. I don't think I'm going to order again, it's just too much to spend on lunch. Not to mention, I placed my order at 9AM, and it's still processing. Estimated delivery 12:30PM-1:30PM, I hope I get my lunch before 2PM.

                                    1. re: Pookipichu

                                      Finally received my lunch. The beef tendon (I haven't ordered it before) is one-dimensional and muddy in flavor, not at all as fragrant and well-seasoned as the beef tendon at Spicy Tasty. Everything arrived lukewarm. Mapo tofu is fine but better when hot out of the kitchen and the combination fried rice is delicious, traveled well.

                                      I really enjoy Mission Chinese, but I don't think I will be ordering delivery again any time soon. Between the cost of delivery and it taking so long to get the food, it's a great idea but sadly, not worth it.

                                      *Update* The ma po tofu is lacking spice, just not as good as the times I've ordered it in the restaurant.

                                      1. re: Pookipichu

                                        What time exactly did you get your order (too hard to tell with the relative timestamps on CH)?

                                        And where are you located?


                                        1. re: kathryn

                                          1:43 PM Wall Street, not too far from the restaurant.

                                          1. re: Pookipichu

                                            I wonder what determines the tip. My tip was roughly 2x the tax. I placed my order at around 11 and got my food at 12:45ish which was within the the 12:30 -1:30 timeframe.

                                            The real time tracking was definitely interesting. It gave the wrong time and at one point showed the delivery guy 2 blocks north and 2 avenues west of my location.

                                            1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                                              My test order which I did not submit showed 8.875% tax and 18% gratuity. Grub Street got the same.

                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                Just checked my receipt, I overestimated, my food bill was $36, tax/gratuity/tip was $9.68. Those are the exact numbers, too much for me to spend on lunch :)

                                                1. re: Pookipichu

                                                  I was considering it for a special team lunch w/ multiple people, assuming they fix the timing and temperature issues (sounds like they were slammed given that everybody wants to try out the delivery ASAP).

                                2. I couldn't wait until my planned dinner there this weekend and gave in to the temptation of ordering for lunch. I was really disappointed! I ordered the Salt Cod Fried Rice and the Thrice Cooked Pork. The first was good, but not worth raving about. The pork just did not have the tingling heat I was expecting. It was relatively mild.

                                  The delivery service was good in that they called to let me know they were running late and ended up getting it to me only 5 minutes outside the given delivery window. The food was warm. But it was a letdown.

                                  I'll still go with my friend this weekend, so as to try more dishes and give it a second chance. But now my expectations are highly tempered.

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                                  1. re: Ckone1999

                                    Really mirrors my experience. The fried rice was good but the other items less so, the mapo tofu strangely lacking compared to in the restaurant.

                                  2. I live close by so I think we'll stick with take-out, but both times I've done delivery, it's been some poor blonde hipster girl who's out of breath from having to climb my 5 flights of stairs, ha. I guess for the local deliveries they're just having one of the hosts deliver?

                                    P.S. I also got out of using Caviar both times, because it said my address was out of the delivery range (even though I'm just three blocks away.)

                                    1. Another data point for their delivery. Placed my order at 11:20am, food arrived at 12:45pm. Not bad, since I live all the way on the other end of the delivery zone from the restaurant. Got combo fried rice and cod fried rice. Food arrived nice and warm. It was delicious.

                                      The delivery fee wasn't cheap and I purposely ordered rice since they keep and travel well (I really like fried rice too, lol). It was a good experience, but definitely not cheap.

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                                      1. re: Cheeryvisage

                                        Did Mission Chinese shut down deliveries? I was just checking the Caviar site and it's listed as closed.

                                        1. re: Pookipichu

                                          Doesn't the restaurant open at 11:30am? You should still be able to place your order on Caviar right now though.

                                          1. re: Cheeryvisage

                                            There's no pre-ordering now and there was pre-ordering when I placed my first order. I'm wondering if they stopped doing deliveries.

                                            1. re: Pookipichu

                                              That'd be a shame if they did stop offering deliveries. I guess we'll see in an hour whether Caviar lets you order at 11:30 when the restaurant opens.

                                            2. re: Cheeryvisage

                                              Yeah but check out the "open" hours on the right:

                                              Mon: Closed
                                              Tue: Closed
                                              Wed: Closed
                                              Thu: Closed
                                              Fri: Closed
                                              Sat: Closed
                                              Sun: Closed

                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                I think this is our answer: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/11/...

                                                The restaurant was shut down by DoH.

                                                1. re: Cheeryvisage

                                                  wow, this sucks, though I do appreciate what he's saying and their willingness to move forward and make that capital investment in the place. Been thinking about ordering every day since I got back from vacation, wicked sad now.

                                                  here's to hoping he'll have some kung pao pastrami tacos or some crispy fried tripe tacos at Mission Cantina...