4-Year-Old's Facial Expression Reviews of Mission Chinese Food

Beautiful San Francisco blog The Bold Italic set out to review the famous restaurant Mission Chinese Food using only a 4-year-old boy and his facial expressions. Desmond Appelgren tried several different dishes – typically enjoyed by adult foodies – to let the world know if Mission’s fancy fare could pass the kid test. Here are a few of the results:

  • Salt Cod Fried Rice 1 of 7
    salt cod fried rice, mission chinese food

    This is Mission's Salt Cod Fried Rice with mackerel confit, Chinese sausage, lettuce and egg.

  • It’s going in … 2 of 7
    fried rice mission chinese food

    Desmond tries the rice ...

  • And he likes it! 3 of 7
    mission chinese food fried rice

    Thumbs up for the fried rice!

  • Next dish … Tiki Pork Belly 4 of 7
    tiki pork belly mission chinese food

    Soy caramel, Mandarin orange, pickled pineapple, shaved coconut and macadamia nuts cover the pork.

  • Will Desmond like it? 5 of 7
    mission chinese food

    Hmm ... things aren't looking so good.

  • Okay … I don’t think he likes it. 6 of 7
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  • Ick … that pork is gross! 7 of 7
    mission chinese food

    Desmond definitely does not like the pork belly. He went so far as to wipe his tongue off with a napkin to get the flavor out of his mouth. (My daughter does that all the time. Ha.) But he gets points for trying it!


To see Desmond’s complete review of five incredible-looking Mission Chinese Food dishes, visit the gorgeous photo spread at The Bold Italic. Many thanks to The Bold Italic for sharing these photos with us!

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