"The circle is now complete."
Starting on July 5th, Mission Street Food will become Mission Chinese Food.
Actually, we'll be serving Americanized Oriental Food* and it will be available at Lung Shan Restaurant 7 days a week for eat-in and take-out, as well as for delivery. The menu will consist of 10-12 items priced in the $7-$10 range, and will include Danny Bowien's soon-to-be world-famous Ma-Po Tofu, as well as one of Mission Street Food's new classics, the Chinito. Overall, our goal for the cuisine is to approach our favorite genre as eaters (cheap ethnic food) and try to elevate it while keeping it affordable--basically two Asian American line cooks' interpretations.
Seventy-five cents from each item will be donated to the SF Food Bank.
Stay tuned for more details, and come check us out next month.
* Though we'll focus on Chinese food, we're leaving ourselves the freedom to incorporate other Asian flavor profiles. Our use of the term "oriental" is not meant to be offensive. The word is derived from a root meaning "eastern," which represents a Eurocentric orientation to Asia, and it was most often used in a bygone era when Europeans viewed the regions east of the Mediterranean as exotic lands full of "romance and intrigue." For us, as Asian-American cooks, using this loaded term is an indictment of the Eurocentricity of fine dining, but it's also meant to desensitize the term in that transcending-racism-by-not-interpreting-every-single-thing-as-racist way. You know, like the "queers" did.
For our last night well be revisiting some of your favorites and ours, going as far back as the antojitos cart and the first night at Lung Shan. After Saturday we'll be closed indefinitely--giving myself and some of our staff a little time off before focusing on Commonwealth. Danny Bowien and I will also be spearheading a new venture in the wake of Mission Burger, which we'll announce shortly (so stay tuned).
I speak on behalf of the entire staff when I say it's been a pleasure serving you and getting to know you. Thanks for your enthusiasm, patience and support. We intend to eventually start MSF up again in some capacity and hope to see you again then, but for now, come by for one last PB & J or MSF Rice, or come try your first Chinito or Squid & Marrow - the new classics.
But most of all, thank you for the memories.
Fresh Mozzarella, Olive Soil, Avocado, Cherry Tomato, Shiso - $7
USDA Prime Ribeye Tostada - seared and served rare with caper aioli, radish and watercress - $9
Monterey Bay Squid, Marrow, Tamarind Pork, Castelvetrano Olive, Fried Chickpeas - $8
Peking Chinito - Chinese Donut wrapped in Rice Noodle and stuffed with Duck, Crispy Skin, Cucumber, Cilantro, Spicy Hoisin - $7.5
King Trumpet Mushrooms, Charred Scallion Sour Cream and Garlic Confit with Potato Wedges - $7
Ono Kauswe - Burmese Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup, Spicy Chicken, Egg, shallot, Cilantro, Chili Flake - $7.5
PB & J - Berkshire Kurobuta Pork Belly with Marinated Jicama, Cilantro Aioli and red jalapeno - $6.5
MSF Rice - Duck Confit, Duck Cracklins, Seared Cauliflower and Shitake Mushroom - $8
VSF Rice - Fried Tofu, Seared Cauliflower and Shitake Mushroom - $7
Lung Shan's Vegan Delight - shitake and oyster mushroom dumplings in miso soup - $5.5
Brownie with Brillat Savarin French Triple Creme Cheese - $6
photo courtesy of John at burritojustice.com