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  • Post #121 - June 26th, 2013, 3:21 pm
    Post #121 - June 26th, 2013, 3:21 pm Post #121 - June 26th, 2013, 3:21 pm
    So funny--I thought it wasn't cuminy enough :) And I love my lamb fat but this had too much fat to meat ratio for me to thoroughly enjoy it.

    I am having such mixed feelings about this dinner. I was a first-timer at Ed's. I was only recently at Homestyle Taste and that was my very first foray into Northern Chinese I think. I'm not sure if it was an ordering issue or that I'm just not an Ed's fan but the dinner didn't wow me. While I certainly enjoyed the company and thought the food wasn't offensive in any way, Ed's fits into that category of places to which I'm "not rushing back" and, for that reason, I have a hard time saying it screams GNR to me.

    Too many of the dishes were bland, unexciting (either in type or preparation) and monotonous. The sweet sauces were all very similar. The savory sauces were all very similar. The only dishes we ordered that were in any way unique were the smoked pork pancake (GREAT filling, pancake a bit doughy and heavy, as were all of the dough based items) and the mung bean noodle salad (presented like an Asian cobb salad--I took some before the server had a chance to mix it all up, which was good because once she did that, it tasted like a cold version of everything else--pre-mix, it had a nice bite of some kind of horseradish mayo on top that made it really interesting and the veggies were more distinct and crunchier). I also enjoyed the celery and dried tofu salad and the noodle dish but neither would make a greatest hits list for me.

    There is a good chance that Onur is right--this is cold weather food that just didn't entice on a hot, muggy summer day. But I can't say that I'm dying to go back and try to better navigate my way through the menu, as I certainly am for Homestyle Taste.

    Still enjoyed hanging with everyone (Lee, I hope your mom was ok the next day--I felt bad that we subjected her to an LTH ordering frenzy :) ) and thanks to turkob for organizing!!
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  • Post #122 - June 26th, 2013, 5:03 pm
    Post #122 - June 26th, 2013, 5:03 pm Post #122 - June 26th, 2013, 5:03 pm
    My mom was fine, thanks for asking :)

    It was good, but I'm not sure I'd rush back either.

    I think I was overwhelmed because we had SOOOO much food and I wanted to taste it all.
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  • Post #123 - June 26th, 2013, 5:40 pm
    Post #123 - June 26th, 2013, 5:40 pm Post #123 - June 26th, 2013, 5:40 pm
    Funny, I love Northern Chinese, am a semi-regular at Lao Bejing, have a history with Katy's, even trekked out to the Old Mandarin Islamic place in outer BFE last time I was in SF, but I found myself a 3 time loser at Ed's long, long ago and have not been back. Then I saw this thread and was ready to go, then I saw your post. So you are saying I shouldn't go? :wink:
  • Post #124 - June 26th, 2013, 6:25 pm
    Post #124 - June 26th, 2013, 6:25 pm Post #124 - June 26th, 2013, 6:25 pm
    JeffB wrote:Funny, I love Northern Chinese, am a semi-regular at Lao Bejing, have a history with Katy's, even trekked out to the Old Mandarin Islamic place in outer BFE last time I was in SF, but I found myself a 3 time loser at Ed's long, long ago and have not been back. Then I saw this thread and was ready to go, then I saw your post. So you are saying I shouldn't go? :wink:


    Oh...the pressure :)

    Of the other spots you mention, I've only been to Katy's (once) and, as previously mentioned, I visited Homestyle Taste recently. I hope to go back to both very soon because they were wonderful. Everything was fresh, original and delicious. I can't say the same for Ed's. But again, based on one visit, I feel a bit guilty telling anyone to do or not do something.
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  • Post #125 - June 26th, 2013, 9:26 pm
    Post #125 - June 26th, 2013, 9:26 pm Post #125 - June 26th, 2013, 9:26 pm
    I think it's more apt to compare Ed's to Lao Beijing rather than Northern City or Homestyle Taste. Ed's has a broad menu and features many dishes from Beijing in addition to Dongbei (and also from Shanghai seeing as we ordered quite a few on Sunday), whereas the other two focus mostly on Dongbei. I'm not an expert and I recognize that there is a lot of overlap, but other than the lamb with cumin there was no overlap between my single meal at Homestyle Taste and my many meals at Ed's. I'd be interested to try a more directed menu at Ed's to see how they stack up on the more Dongbei style dishes, but as I said, I'd prefer to wait for the winter since the food can be pretty heavy.

    Much like Lao Beijing, Ed's has a menu that's meant to cater to a wide range of tastes. I prefer Ed's particularly for their sweet and sour preparations and their myriad dumpling options, though I do enjoy both restaurants. I'd say it's worth a visit if you're craving Northern Chinese. Though I have to agree with Jen that I'm more excited to return to Homestyle Taste.
  • Post #126 - June 27th, 2013, 11:53 pm
    Post #126 - June 27th, 2013, 11:53 pm Post #126 - June 27th, 2013, 11:53 pm
    Hi,

    When LTHforum was merely a few weeks old, I wrote this post on Mung Bean Noodle Salad for a hot summer night, which was enjoyed at Ed's and several other places.

    This is definitely the dish to try when it is too hot. I have long wanted to do it again, because never before did food slip down my throat so fast and easily. It was a very unique sensation.

    If anyone chooses to reply on that thread with their experience, it will be the first time.

    Regards.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #127 - October 1st, 2014, 11:18 am
    Post #127 - October 1st, 2014, 11:18 am Post #127 - October 1st, 2014, 11:18 am
    Why did Ed's lose their GNR status?
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  • Post #128 - November 9th, 2014, 10:17 am
    Post #128 - November 9th, 2014, 10:17 am Post #128 - November 9th, 2014, 10:17 am
    Hi,

    I stopped at Ed' Potsticker House yesterday after Dorie Greenspan's talk. After Ed's name was dropped, I was under the impression it had new ownership.

    There was a tall woman with a short skirt who seemed to look like Ran. I wasn't really sure it was her or another tall Chinese woman from northern China. I finally gathered the nerve to inquire if she was Ran. It was, though she looked better and more youthful than my last encounter.

    We ate through two orders each of soup dumplings and those long cigar potstickers. An order of scallion pancakes with smoked pork and eggplant with garlic sauce. Soothing savory food was a nice finish after a hectic morning.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #129 - February 12th, 2018, 11:49 am
    Post #129 - February 12th, 2018, 11:49 am Post #129 - February 12th, 2018, 11:49 am
    We still go to Potsticker House (which we will also forever call "Ed's". Mostly still the same as always, but they're having issues with the soup dumplings. On our last two trips they contained zero soup. Not a bad dumpling, but not a soup dumpling. One time is a fluke, twice in a row is a trend. We were in over the weekend and said something to the tall women who we think is Ran and she just said that is was still the same person making them and she'd talk to her.
  • Post #130 - May 7th, 2018, 7:41 pm
    Post #130 - May 7th, 2018, 7:41 pm Post #130 - May 7th, 2018, 7:41 pm
    My folks love Ed's. I always want Homestyle Taste. After a few beers no one wants to drive to HT to pick it up. Ed's delivers.

    My parents have a standing order with a few classics like Beijing style eggplant and the smoked pork pancake + a few things that always strike me as filler, like the sparsely populated kimchi fried rice. Since Homestyle opened, I've found Ed's stuff a notch below the bar.

    This weekend it was supposed to be my pick, but once beer three rolled around, we called Ed's. And they hit it out of the ballpark. I ordered a few things that I love at HT, that I'd never had from Ed's. Cumin flavored lamb with bone was perfectly tender and absolutely coated in oily spices. The Clear wide cold noodles with pork and vegetables was a dead ringer for Colorful wide noodle, with bright, fresh textures, and sinus-clearing mustard. Even the old kimchi rice had a nice wok hei that evening. I missed the peanuts in the vinegary cold spinach dish, which was great otherwise. And an old fave proved to still stand out– the Stir fried hot and sour shredded potato.

    Maybe a new chef? EPH this past weekend was firing on all cylinders!
  • Post #131 - May 8th, 2018, 12:13 pm
    Post #131 - May 8th, 2018, 12:13 pm Post #131 - May 8th, 2018, 12:13 pm
    I agree with the above poster. We were there over the weekend and the soup dumplings were again properly soupy. Even better, the eggplant with garlic sauce was the best I've ever had them serve. When we mentioned this we were told that the "head chef" was in the kitchen cooking that evening.

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