General Tso’s veal rib – Mission Chinese Food

General Tso's veal rib - Mission Chinese Food
Spit roasted, dry-fried. $19
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

I liked the idea of this dish and the overall flavors, but the veal rib was super dry and hard! It was like a brick and the inside of the cut wasn’t even moist. Fail!

Giants baseball game
Giants baseball game at AT&T Park.

Schmaltz rice – Mission Chinese Food

Schmaltz rice - Mission Chinese Food
Dressed in chicken fat, with cucumber, cilantro, ginger, green onion, fried garlic and hot sauce. $7.50
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Ok, how can rice cooked with chicken fat not be simply amazing?! This was SO tasty. The rice had a softer texture with the fatty dressing and a lot more flavor. I can confirm that this rice had no chance and was quickly devoured!

San Francisco morning
A beautiful San Francisco morning. It’s great to be back!

Grandma’s spicy lamb dumpings – Mission Chinese Food

Grandma's spicy lamb dumpings - Mission Chinese Food
Peanuts, dill pickles, green onion, cilantro, chili oil. $9
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

These dumplings are kind of amazing! I just wish they give you more since they’re SO delicious. The dumplings have a great shape and the wrapper has a nice bite to it. I always love the combination of salty, sour, hot, spicy, and umami in the dishes from MCF. NOMS!

Tiki pork belly – Mission Chinese Food

Tiki pork belly - Mission Chinese Food
Soy caramel, mandarin orange, pickled pineapple, shaved coconut, macadamia nuts. $10
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this pork belly was SO tasty! I just wish there was more of it, hehe. The thick pieces were pretty fatty but the soy caramel sauce was absolutely addictive. I also loved the fun tropical additions.

Octopus and the Bay Bridge.

Steamed eggplant – Mission Chinese Food

Steamed eggplant in chili bean sauce - Mission Chinese Food
Ginger scallion vinegar, cucumber, calamansi, sesame, cilantro, salted chili. $6
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Eh, I wasn’t really impressed with this dish. I generally love everything I’ve order from MCF, but this lacked the usual flavor I enjoy from their food.

Orange aloe flowers
Orange aloe flowers (Xanthorrhoeaceae), West Field Road.

Beef cheek “a l’orange” – Mission Chinese Food

Beef cheek a l'orange - Mission Chinese Food
Orange glaze, kaffir lime leaf, satsuma, sesame. $14
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Wow, I really liked this dish! Mission Chinese Food is always updating their menu (well, at least their online to-go menu that I order from) and some dishes are more successful that others. Boom, beef cheek a l’orange was da bomb, lol! The cheeks were rich and juicy and the sauce was delicious. The coating could have been crispier, but I think it got soggy during the delivery time. This would kick ass straight from the kitchen!

Stir-fried corn and peppers – Mission Chinese Food

Stir-fried corn and peppers - Mission Chinese Food
Sweet corn, shishito peppers, country ham, scallions, chilies. $10
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Dare I say this was a little too greasy for me! I usually love most of the dishes I try from Mission Chinese, but this just had a little too much oil. I enjoyed the flavors though, and you can’t go wrong with shishitos!

Royal trumpet vine (Distictis riversii, Bignoniaceae)
Pinkish-purple royal trumpet vine flowers (Distictis riversii, Bignoniaceae), Roosevelt Way.

Broccoli beef cheek – Mission Chinese Food

Broccoli beef cheek - Mission Chinese Food
Whole beef cheeks with gai lan (Chinese broccoli), poached oyster, smoked oyster sauce, sesame seeds, served with steamed rice. $13
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

I really enjoy the taste and texture of Chinese broccoli – it’s delicious! There’s a slight bitterness to this dish that I like. It’s not for anyone on a diet though. The whole beef cheeks are super fatty and, therefore, tender and yummy. The poached oysters and smoked oyster sauce add even more textures and flavors to this plate. Noms!

Sprinklers at Dolores Park
Sprinklers at Dolores Park. Another beautiful San Francisco morning on my way to the gym.

Thrice cooked bacon – Mission Chinese Food

Thrice cooked bacon - Mission Chinese Food
Glutinous rice cakes, bitter melon, tofu skin, scallion, onion, black bean, chili oil. $11
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco

Thrice cooked bacon - Mission Chinese Food
I really enjoy the flavor of this, but I will say that the rice cakes can end up with a slimy texture. The tofu skins are a great addition for texture and flavor as are the bitter melons. Noms!

Thrice cooked bacon - Mission Chinese Food

Exiting 16th Street Bart Station
Exiting 16th Street Bart Station. Not the cleanest station, but I do like the artwork around the entrance.