hearing at The Hyde Out
don't know if anyone keeps track of such things (they should!) but U-Lee's
potstickers are definitely the biggest in San Francisco, probably in
America, and possibly in the world. Each one is about the size of your
kidney. Maybe your spleen -- I'm not really up on anatomy. But you need
only look at the photo here to get an idea, to scale (thank you, thorough
they were delicious, as good as any I've tasted in my life. We also
ordered too many, which was my fault, as I'm sure the other judges are
feverishly explaining, right now, as they type up their reviews. I valiantly
ate four of the twelve. (That's why I'm in the middle of the photo,
doing most of the hoisting.) Being so big, they're rather unwieldy,
and some may not enjoy the disproportionate meat-to-wrapper ratio. Lot
of meat to not a lot of wrapper. But I still really liked them, and
thanks to their size, I was not left longingly tapping the ends of my
chopsticks together wishing there was just one more 'sticker to pinch
between them. That's what usually happens when I go out for Chinese
food. Speaking of, we had some other items. Black-bean chicken was my
favorite, featuring all-white meat, and going for around five bucks.
the size of a newborn's brain, a newborn what I'm not quite sure, maybe
a whale. Definitely the biggest potsticker I've had the pleasure of
where the problem lies with these big balls of meat. Everything about
them is great, except the size. Crispy on one side, greasy slick on
the other with a tasty filling. I have to say I prefer the two bite
sized stick. I like each of my mouthfuls to have a bit of meat and a
bit of noodle. The size of the meatball you get in these potstickers
makes that difficult. It gets close to meat fillin' overload. If they
would only cut them in thirds (and that ain't my job) they might have
something. A couple of other tasty dishes we had were the black bean
chicken and the fried beef with lemon sauce. You've had fried chicken
and fried pork, now try the beef. It's definitely different and definitely
good. The black bean chicken had some flavorful fun going on. The twice
cooked pork we ordered was nothing special, pretty much some slices
of pork, a bunch of cabbage in an okay spicy sauce.
read me wrong, go to U Lee's, get the potstickers, they are great. They're
just not what this Judge is looking for.
U-Lee serves up some gargantuan potstickers. Fine tasting, too. Can't
say I've had a better one, really. The sheer food-dollar value wins
the prize for U-Lee. Apparently, some folks try to make a meal out of
them alone, because scrawled on the menu next to Potstickers is "Must
order entree". Fair enough. Judge Vardigan had prior knowledge
of their enormous size but let us get two orders anyway. He "forgot".
And considering you get six 'sticks (each the size of a cat's head)
per order, we wondered if we could finish those and the three entrees
we ordered. We didn't. Had two potsticks left over.
We also ordered
Twice-Cooked Pork (pass), Black Bean Chicken (quite flavorful and complex)
and Fried Beef with Lemon Sauce. The FBWLS was new to me, but pretty
damn good. You don't often see beef battered, fried and served with
lemon sauce. But the shining star, of course, are the potstickers. Very
very tasting filling...but possibly too much of it if one likes the
wrapper. Still, if you are a potsticker fan (meat variety) you owe it
to yourself to trek up to Hyde and Jackson.
Beware, the dining
area is quite compact, so consider getting it to go. But, I would wait
a while on the street for those behemoth dumplings, and that's saying
Since the taping of this review some members of the Füd Court returned
to U-Lee and the potstickers were no longer the size of a cat's head,
newborn's brain, or your kidney. Still big, but not as big as they once
were. Be forewarned.
to reader-eater Betsy for suggesting U-Lee.