For a professional taste of cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab we went to SF’s The Slanted Door, a contemporary space in the Ferry Building with views of the bay.
This version, although light on crab, had a toasted sesame flavor that added a richness and deeper golden color to the noodles. Tasty noodles, but for $18 you would think they could add a few more crab chunks.
Other dishes tasted included mesquite grilled sardines, boney as you would expect sardines to be, but delightfully fishy and perfectly cooked.
The catfish in a clay pot, cooked in a mild caramel sauce with onions, however, had a muddy taste that took me back to the time I lived in China, eating fish that tasted more like the river bottom than fish.
I did however love the flower fragrant lychee iced tea. But that really doesn’t say much for a restaurant when your favorite dish is the beverage.
Ordering misfortunes or over-hyped restaurant? Further investigation is needed to sort this one out.