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Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Last month Jonathan Kauffman wrote a piece on Chinese chicken breeds, including wong mo gai, and took a translator with him to Ming Kee.

"The shop also offers two varieties of soy sauce chicken: The fatter, cheaper chicken costs $3.95 a pound, while the yellow-feathered version costs $16.50 for a whole bird. American-born customers, the owner tells my Cantonese translator, prefer the white birds because they want lots of meat. Recent immigrants, who give higher priority to taste, know better."

http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Wa...

Kauffman told me that Ming Kee's owner said he should be writing about duck or pork, not chickens. I hope that will spur another piece on Chinese ducks and pigs.

I'd revisited the soy sauce chicken made with wong mo gai a couple weeks earlier, and I'm happy to say that it is back on form. Complex, nuanced flavors, silky flesh, red at the bone, and perfect snap to the skin. I also really love the barbecue pork neck.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

After two days of rain storms, I'd guess there's no oversupply today.
http://abc7news.com/business/san-fran...

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

Live or dead?

about 3 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Boracay Garden and Grill - Filipino food near SFO

That's ink for sure, cool.

about 7 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Boracay Garden and Grill - Filipino food near SFO

Like the sound of it! For the seafood black rice, was the rice black from squid ink or did the dish use rice that was black?

Boracay Garden & Grill
269 El Camino Real
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 871-8644
http://www.boracaygarden.com/

about 7 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Pork Stock

The operative factor is the cooking time. Whether you're simmering chicken or pork, 12 hours is too long to cook vegetables and you'll get stale flavors.

about 7 hours ago
Melanie Wong in Home Cooking

MOH Kitchen: Burmese and Thai in Milpitas

Good looking plate of See Kyat Kauk Swe (Burmese Noodles with Fried Garlic and BBQ Pork). Has anyone tried this spot?

MOH Kitchen
1244 S Abel St
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 262-3333

about 7 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

NEW: Burma House, Milpitas report w/ PICS

Any updates? It has a website now. The photo of Tea leaf beef on the chef's specials menu looks interesting.

http://www.burma-house.com/

about 8 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Cafe Karla in Berkeley: Burmese food purveyor

Ran across this website for Cafe Karla which says it makes Burmese prepared food that's sold in East Bay markets such as the Berkeley Bowl.
http://cafekarlaberkeley.com/contactu...

A year ago, it's FB page showed photos of daily specials.
https://www.facebook.com/cafekarla?fi...

I called and the daily specials have been discontinued. It does sell direct from the kitchen, just call ahead and the order will be ready for pick up.

Anyone familiar with the products?

Cafe Karla
1734 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California
(510) 927-7597
http://cafekarlaberkeley.com/index.html

about 8 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

Well, the menu includes grilled chicken thighs which in California means "barbecue"!

about 8 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

Well, you can get tea leaf salad with optional kale. No lie. ;)
http://www.burmabear.com/menu/

Fwiw, I'd rather places say they make California BBQ then say Texas style and fail to deliver the goods.

about 8 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

OK Noodle in Newark

Disappointed to discover that White Rice Supermarket's phone is disconnected. Guess it's out of business.
http://www.whiterice.askforspecial.co...

about 9 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

Sounds like my kind of place . . . smoked baby back ribs with a side of biryani.

After a round of pop-ups, Burma Bear has found a home in the Second Act Marketplace. Who's tried it?

Burma Bear
1727 Haight Street (between Cole and Shrader)
San Francisco, CA 94117
http://www.burmabear.com
Mon-Thur: 11:30am-7:00pm
Fri: 11:30am-5:00pm
Sat & Sun: 11:00am-5:00pm

about 9 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Paprika -- 24th St just off Mission [San Francisco]

"So a Honduran, a Czech and a Swiss-German walk into a bar...

Wait. We got that wrong.

It’s: so a Honduran, a Czech and a Swiss-German open a bar..."

I like the lede from UrbanDaddy,
http://www.urbandaddy.com/sfo/food/23...

Thanks for trying it.

Paprika
3324 24th St. (near Mission Street)
San Francisco, CA
(415) 375-1477

about 9 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Burma Ruby in Palo Alto

Burma Ruby is an offshoot of Rangoon Ruby and opened a couple months ago. How do 'hounds like it?

Burma Ruby
326 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 285-2770
http://burmaruby.com/Home

about 10 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area Burmese Food Resources (In Progress)

We made a list two years ago when tea leaf salad was dish of the month where there are several still in business that you'll want to add.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875767

Off the top of my head, some openings since then are Kyusu in San Jose, MOH Kitchen in Milpitas, TW Burmese Gourmet in San Ramon. Add in Sweet Mango in San Jose, Mingalaba in Burlingame, Kyain Kyain in Fremot, Donut Delight in Union City. You might want to include the Buddhist temples too as they have feast days.

about 10 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Because the owners of these businesses refer to themselves as Burmese and define their restaurants as such. Take it up with them.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-are...

about 20 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area
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El Paisa [SF] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 30

With this week's rains, I dashed in at 9am to see if the soups might be available at that hour to go. Yes, they are.

Intrigued by kairo's description of the sopa de pescado con coco, but not wanting to deal with fish bones, I ordered the sopa de camarones con coco priced the same at $12. It had not occurred to me that the shrimp might be served in the shell! Maybe I saved a little work, but no matter, the head-on shrimp were sweet and delicious with the bonus of sucking on the heads. I loved the rich, bisque-like soup base. Besides more than a dozen medium shrimp, it had a log of yucca, green bananas, carrots, and a ton of garlic. Corn tortillas, white rice, and wedges of lime were packed separately as accompaniments. Loved it.

Cash only.

about 22 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area
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Asian Soup Options, Marin

Good idea for a topic!

I hope someone can check out Shwe Myanmar to see if it has any of the traditional Burmese soups.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996685

about 22 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Shwe Myanmar opened a few weeks ago in Marin. Who's tried it?

Shwe Myanmar
810 B St
San Rafael, CA
(415) 735-7618

about 22 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

The Refined Palate: Burmese in Orinda

After learning about the Burmese side of the now closed Brother's Kitchen in Oakland during Tea Salad month, I headed there a few months later to try the cooking.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8757...

I wound up having a wide-ranging conversation with Chef William Lue about humane animal husbandry, organic produce, Hmong farmers, social justice, immigrant cooking, and other topics. He told me that he would be leaving that location shortly in order to work full time on another initiative in Oakland, Grocery Cafe.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996669

Touching base with him the beginning of February, I found out he had just opened The Refined Palate in Orinda. He had an idea to partner with immigrant cooks to train them in developing a menu and running a restaurant. The space in Orinda came up and in less than five weeks, he had it up and running.

I have not had a chance to try it myself. Who can tell us about it?

The Refined Palate
19 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 566-4877
http://www.refinedpalateorinda.com/

about 23 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

TW Burmese Gourmet in San Ramon

Chef William Lue and his partners opened TW Burmese Gourmet in San Ramon, taking over a former Cajun spot and turning it around in less than three months. What do 'hounds think of this place?

TW Burmese Gourmet
2217 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Suite F
San Ramon, CA
(925) 838-3918

about 23 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

China Village (Albany) is open!

The cafe side of Grocery Cafe in Oakland has started. Don't know what the timing is for the produce hub and grocery end.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996669

about 23 hours ago
Melanie Wong in San Francisco Bay Area

Grocery Cafe- Burmese food! [Oakland]

Thanks so much for posting about this! I'd been tracking this social enterprise project by Chef William Lue up till March or so and then sort of gave up on it opening any time soon. Is it prepped food only now or has the grocery/produce side fired up yet?

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatThe...

Grocery Cafe
2248 10th Ave.
Oakland, CA
(510)763-5405
http://grocerycafe.com

September~November at Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant [San Francisco]

I haven't eaten at Minako for a few years. I was happy to hear the news and know that I'll have time to get in there again.

Chiliquiles with barbacoa at El Palmar (Novato)

There's no greater fanatic than a convert!
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8887...

Thanks for the post and photo of the chilaquiles.

Crab season is upon us

Because the season has not opened elsewhere.

September~November at Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant [San Francisco]

I heard from a long time customer of Minako that it negotiated an extension and can stay put until May. Hopefully this gives them time to find a new location that makes sense.

Crab season is upon us

Any luck getting your full measure?

Favorite Ice Cream 2014

Now you've done it . . .