Steamed fish with “flower” bean curd – Mama Ji’s

Steamed fish with flower bean curd - Mama Ji's
In Hunan chili sauce and Sichuan spicy oil. $11.95
Mama Ji’s, San Francisco CA

I can appreciate how Mama Ji’s is NOT afraid of keeping their dishes spicy. I do, however, have a hard time eating an entire bowl of chili oil! Sheesh, that is A LOT of oil for one dish! The fish, if you drained it a little from the oil, was tender and well-cooked though.

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!

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.

Szechuan pickles – Mission Chinese Food

Szechuan pickles Mission Chinese Food

Salt pickled napa cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, roasted peanut, fresh coriander, and chili oil. $3.50
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco

Yum! How can you really go wrong with a dish of pickled vegetables. And Mission Chinese knows how to pickle! The napa cabbage was the star of this dish. I could’ve easily had a couple more bowls of this!

Ma po tofu – Mission Chinese Food

Ma Po Tofu Mission Chinese Food
Ground Kurobuta pork shoulder, fresh tofu, Szechuan peppercorns, jalapenos, dried red chili pepper, chili oil, green onions, cloves, garnished with chopped cilantro.
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

This has to be one of my favorite Chinese delivery dishes of all time!  It’s super spicy with all the jalapenos, dried red chilies, and even more chili oil but the pain in my mouth is worth every delicious bite.  I’m thankful that it comes with steamed rice, not only for the cooling effect but also to soak up all that mouth watering sauce.

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Ma po tofu - Mission Chinese Food
February 1, 2014