Three years after Brandon Jew opened his upscale Chinese restaurant Mister Jiu’s, the Michelin star chef is ready to debut his latest restaurant that pays homage to Chinese-American cuisine.

Mamahuhu officially opens Wednesday evening at 517 Clement St. after an initial food delivery period that started on Jan. 2. The new restaurant takes a step back from some of the more technical dishes you might see at Mister Jiu’s to focus on a simpler menu, with elevated versions of Chinese takeout staples.

“People really love these flavors, and it's kind of made me realize that all these dishes were developed by Chinese immigrants who were adapting to the ingredients that were available in America,” Jew said.

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On the menu, guests will find five house specials that include kung pao chicken, beef broccoli, mushroom mapo tofu, a shrimp and chicken veggie dish called the happy family, and sweet and sour chicken.

Each dish has the same draw of classic Chinese takeout, but what Mamahuhu has going for it is an incredible attention to detail. You see that with the sweet and sour chicken that’s prepared with a medley of stir-fried vegetables and pineapple, along with tender, crispy chicken coated with hawthorn berry and honey.

When Noah Kopito, Mamahuhu's director of culinary operations, brings over the dish, Jew draws attention to the vegetables which are cut flat with great accuracy. It’s a method done with purpose so that guests can easily fork or pick up a slice or two together with chicken, and savor them in a single bite.

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"There’s a lot of stuff that goes into how things are cut and what order they go into the wok pan," Jew said. "We really try to have a clear direction of what those vegetables and meats [are], how they get cut and the reasons why."

Another thing you’ll notice: the prices are much easier on the wallet than those at Mister Jiu’s. Entrees at Mamahuhu are large enough to share and range from $5 for egg rolls to $19 for a bowl of broccoli beef. That was also part of the thought process that went into the business model when Jew and partners Anmao Sun and Ben Moore decided to open the Inner Richmond restaurant.

“For me, it goes back to accessibility,” Jew said. “[At Mister Jiu’s] we’re looking for really exceptional products and sometimes that makes that price point higher. There’s more meaning in paying homage to a tradition of cooking, and I’m really proud of Chinese-American cuisine.”

As a San Francisco native, opening Mamahuhu in the Inner Richmond District was also exciting for Jew, who chose the neighborhood for its diversity and walkability.

"During the day, people are doing a lot of shopping, having their morning coffees and a lot of people [are] catching up with their neighbors," Jew said. "There’s a community here and it’s a growing community."

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Mamahuhu will initially open for dinner service starting Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will serve the public five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Once things ramp up, Jew and his partners hope to operate seven days a week, and include lunch service.

Mamahuhu is located at 517 Clement St. and opens Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

Susana Guerrero is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: Susana.Guerrero@sfgate.com | Twitter: @SusyGuerrero3