The Michelin star dining adventures continue – this time at the 1 ⭐️ Chinese restaurant Mister Jiu’s. This is a refreshingly modern spin on traditional Chinese cuisine. For someone like me that has always associated Chinese food with heavy spices, oily dishes, and hot sauce this meal was very eye opening . It really broke the notion of Chinese food just greasy, spiced dishes.
Started with a sourdough scallion pancake with dehydrated chives on top. All the traditional flavors in a crispy sourdough type loaf. This was truly a homage to San Francisco and the blending of the flavors and cultures. One the side was fried onions, chives, and sour cream which served as a toppings for this light loaf meets Chinese flavors. This was just divine!
Next was the Hodo tofu skins with green onions and asparagus in a very light broth. This dish was such a unique blend of tastes and textures – some of the skins were fried and seasoned like a chip, some just piled in, and some that loosely wrapped the green onion, asparagus mixture. There was something so light and delicate about this dish from the simple tofu skins to the light broth. It definitely had Chinese flavors, but very lightly spiced with a majority of the pungency coming from the bite of the green onion. I don’t usually associate this mild, subtle flavors with Chinese food, yet this was an extremely tasty dish.
And finally had a vegetarian Jiang Mian – a traditional noodle dish that is spicy and tart with hints of sweetness. This was such an amazing dish with the full array of flavors and extreme attention to detail in the presentation. The vegetarian version of this noodle dish had minuscule diced veggies, pickled mushrooms, and fresh herbs. The sauce was such an awesome balance of flavors that I drank with a spoon after I finished the perfectly cooked noodles, because s it was just too good to waste. An incredibly flavorful dish!
This place is so interesting and clearly deserving of the Michelin Star. Every attention to detail is taken care of from the open kitchen to the Mahjong folio and amazing passion fruit candies that come out with the bill. Above all this is giving people like me an whole new exposure to Chinese cuisine by elevating it to this level. And as the shift is slowly happening, Mister Jiu’s pays a living wage to the staff – the tip is included in the price of the meal. Such an amazing meal and still so many met vegetarian (and dessert) options to try. Will definely be coming back here to keep learning more about the delicateness of Chinese food and expanding my horizon. Grateful to continue exploring San Francisco – one bite at a time.