Northern Chinese @ Old Mandarin Islamic in the Outer Sunset (S.F.)

Don't worry, you don't need to be old, Mandarin, or Muslim to eat here (but it's OK if you are). The menu isn't just your everyday egg rolls & lemon chicken variety.

Dishes featuring lamb are a specialty here. Of course, there are also chicken, tofu, beef, vegetable, and seafood options.

If you like spicy, you'll find some fiery chili-based choices. Cumin is the predominant spice in some other dishes. Another grouping of dishes comes with small gnocchi-like dumplings ("flour balls") instead of rice.

Some of the things on my wish list that I haven't tried yet are the la si ni (a stupidly insane dish that's about 80% spicy peppers with a little bit of egg and chicken thrown in), the West Lake lamb dumplings, and the "egg-surfaced chicken"

 

This is going to be done family-style, with shared dishes. If you're adventurous when it comes to food and not timid about spice, then this is for you!

 

For what it's worth, while they do serve alcohol, the food itself (as the restaurant name implies) is halal.

 

Please bring cash.

Note: Waiting lists in this group are not automatic. When you become aware of an opening, go to the event page and manually change your RSVP to "yes".

Getting there: It's in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district, on Vicente between 42nd & 43rd Avenue. Use 511.org to plan out a Muni trip. If driving, please allow extra time to find street parking.

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  • Tee

    Now I know what Northern Chinese cuisine is all about! A fun, laughter-filled night sampling dish after dish in our very own private karaoke room. Great to see so many new & familiar faces. Bummed that no one ordered the lamb testicles!

    January 27, 2013

    • Mike

      Oh, you missed the drama. Adam was desperately trying to get his hands on some lamb testicles, but it's only available as part of the hot pot. I believe the phrase "Cant you just throw some testicles in with the lamb liver and kidney?" was uttered at least once.

      1 · January 27, 2013

    • Adam

      That's absolutely true.

      1 · January 27, 2013

  • Mike

    If I'm not outside when you get here, go in the white door to the left of the restaurant!

    January 26, 2013

    • Tee

      It's the Alice & Wonderland dinner!

      January 27, 2013

  • Carol

    Lovely!

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Mike

    Thanks for making that a great time, everyone. For such a large group, things went better than one might expect. The food was great. For most of the time we were free to be loud and obnoxious in our own room. A round of applause to Carissa & Tee for expediting the bill calculation. :-)

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Justyna

    Food was really tasty. Fun group of folks.

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Jeni

    Running late!

    January 26, 2013

  • Tee

    Happy to carpool, can take up to 3. Got you covered Carissa. Carol you need a ride?

    January 13, 2013

    • Carol

      Thanks so much, but I'm going to drive in early for a massage :)

      January 13, 2013

    • Tee

      Confirmed to carpool with Carissa & Al.

      January 23, 2013

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