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Help regarding a bacon-based dish from a defunct SM Chinese restaurant

It was definitely Plum Tree Inn, but I never made the connection with the original in Chinatown. Sadly, though, I do not see any dish on their men that matches my recollection. I'll shoot them an email, thanks for the help.

Feb 14, 2012
JackPoint in Los Angeles Area

Help regarding a bacon-based dish from a defunct SM Chinese restaurant

I lived in West LA in the 1990's, and I ate several times at a decent but undistinguished and somewhat overpriced Americanized Chinese restaurant in Santa Monica Place. I can't remember the name of the place, but it closed before I left LA in 1999. This restaurant served a dish that was based on bacon - not, as I remember, Chinese bacon, but either American-style bacon, or possibly smoked pork belly. It was a stir-fry-style dish, somewhat akin to a kung pao bacon, with a thicker typical light sauce of soy sauce, chicken stock, and cornstarch. I remember scorched peanuts, bok choy, yellow onion and scallions, and perhaps water chestnuts. Does anyone recall this restaurant or this dish, and has anyone ever encountered a similar dish? It was NOT any of the familiar lap yuk dishes like la rou fan, it was not red-cooked bacon and there was no rind. It was the only thing worth eating at that place, and I'd love to recreate it or find a similar dish or recipe. Thanks!

Feb 13, 2012
JackPoint in Los Angeles Area

Philly Cheese Steak?

I've eaten at pretty far flung outlets: San Ramon, Pleasanton, Divisadero near UCSF Medical Campus, Sunnyvale, off the top of my head. Quality seems reasonably consistent as far as meat quality, rolls, and cooking, but I've never understood why it seems to take three times longer to get a cheesesteak at a CS than at other places. I've ended up eating there as much as I have even though I think it is merely above average, because it beats a lot of fast food choices or unknowns, and I expect consistent quality, But I don't expect good or fast service or an overall wonderful experience. I'd say that's better than most when it comes to a chain, even a small one. Would I choose a CS over a Buckhorn or a quality BBQ place, if I just wanted meat I could chew and not specifically a cheesesteak? Probably not. Has CS disappointed me? As previously noted, as long I stuck to a classic cheesesteak and did not go for variations, no, I haven't been disappointed. Pretty good and a pretty good value.

Feb 08, 2011
JackPoint in San Francisco Bay Area

Philly Cheese Steak?

I spent part of my college years in the Philly suburbs, and I was hooked then and need my regular cheesesteak fix. Not only in SF proper, but in the Bay Area overall, the best cheesesteak I've had is at Burger Meister, and of course, they also make a damn good burger. They have locations in Cole Valley, the Castro, North Beach, and in Westlake Village in Daly City. I also give high marks to the San Carlos cheesesteak competitors, Jersey Joe's and The Refuge, and a shout-out to the unusual BBQ version at Gorilla BBQ in Pacifica. The Cheesesteak Shop is OK, but stick to the original and avoid the variations.

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Burger Meister
507 Westlake Ctr, Daly City, CA 94015

Feb 07, 2011
JackPoint in San Francisco Bay Area