I absolutely love Chinese food. What’s not to love right? Then why is it so hard to find decent (and here I mean edible) Chinese food in the United States. Most of the time despite my best efforts the food just fails. It’s either overcooked, undercooked, or swimming in a greasy mess that is supposed to be called a sauce.
Makli in the Castro neighborhood is unlike all of the rest. It’s amazing. It’s an unassuming place, and frankly you might walk right by this place without thinking twice. Pay attention people! This place is a gem for anyone who is craving a great Chinese meal. Best of all, this place gives you vegetarian options like you would not believe, including, vegetarian hot and sour soup. Yes, you read that correctly.
On my most recent trip to San Francisco, I was staying at a bed and breakfast just down the street from Makli. Hot and sour soup is a must no matter where I’m at and I have to say, Makli has the best. It’s spicy hot and tantalizingly tart all at the same time. You won’t find any better. The vegetarian lo-mein is just the opposite. It’s warm with that faint smokiness you can only get with properly prepared lo-mein. The vegetables are seared and slightly charred and cooked to a tender-crisp perfection.
The next time you’re in the mood for Chinese, get your little paws over to Makli. You won’t regret it and you can bet my first meal back in the city will be here too.
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