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Ask Sushi Man

Interesting. I thought one has to actually taste the food in order to comment on it. My bad.

Apr 18, 2012
hong_kong_foodie in General Topics

Ask Sushi Man

You can certainly learn a lot about sushi without going to Tokyo, but how do you make a COMPARISON to what's in Tokyo if you haven't been?

Apr 18, 2012
hong_kong_foodie in General Topics

Ask Sushi Man

How can one say "Yasuda would be considered high quality even by Tokyo standards" when one hasn't even been to Tokyo?

Apr 18, 2012
hong_kong_foodie in General Topics

Antico Arco Buccatini all'Amatriciana recipe

Any updates? I'm in love with this dish.

Apr 01, 2012
hong_kong_foodie in Italy

Da Domenico refused to be review by food critic!

What is the address and details of DD in Rome?

Oct 29, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in China & Southeast Asia

Top 5 Dishes at Koi Palace?

Just call and ask.

Sep 09, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

The Chinese community would not waste its time on reviewing such a restaurant. Word of mouth is very strong in the Chinese community, and every Chinese person I know who has given this place a try has come out hating it - not because the food is not authentic but because the quality is terrible and wildly inconsistent. There's a reason you will find mostly non-Chinese/Asians at Mission Chinese.

Jul 31, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I could care less whether the food is authentic. The problem with Mission Chinese is that the food is AWFUL.

Jul 31, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

And what exactly makes this salted cod fried rice incredible?

Jul 31, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

Yes, you should go to R&G in Chinatown instead. I recommend the two signature dishes: (1) salt & pepper crab and (2) soy sauce chicken. I also recommend a vegetable dish (ask them what's in season) and a bowl of steamed rice to complete the meal. Finally, I suggest asking for less salt, oil, and msg.

Unfortunately, most of the Chinese food in the US is a travesty of what you find in Asia. You will just have to come to Hong Kong sometime - there are plenty of places that are extremely upscale with Cantonese food that have the wow factor.

Jul 31, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

5 hours in the Mission - an eye on variety.

Mission Chinese is absolutely awful - and awfully inconsistent. Avoid at all costs.

Jul 30, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Unforgettable PIZZA CRUST you ever eaten in Southern California

Well said Porthos.

Jul 22, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in Los Angeles Area

Unforgettable PIZZA CRUST you ever eaten in Southern California

Mozza's pizza crust is very good indeed.

Jul 22, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in Los Angeles Area

Porky is as Porky cart does

"I never saw porchetta hot in Italy, always room temperature."

But you haven't been to Italy in 20 years, so don't you think things could have changed?

It's like someone saying they only saw dim sum rolled out in carts in Hong Kong. 20 years ago perhaps, but any respectable dim sum house in Hong Kong today would not do such a thing.

Jul 22, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

But how does one even weigh in on this discussion if one hasn't been back for 20 years? I'm baffled.

Jul 20, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

So sample size = 1

Jul 20, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

How many times have you been to Mozza?

Jul 20, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

I absolutely, 100% agree with Porthos.

The Italian food in SF pales in comparison to what you find in Italy. I've been to Perbacco many times and it can't even compare to Mozza in LA, let alone all the places in Italy!

And no, the problem with Koi Palace is not the seafood and other ingredients.

Jul 20, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Going to Yank Sing for the first time [San Francisco]

Wow, it's been a while since I've seen the skin on any xiao long bao that thick. No wonder people say the xiao long bao at Yank Sing holds a lot of soup -- if I were to use the equivalent of a rough rice sack for the dumpling skin, I would also be able to make it soupy!

Jul 20, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Hawker Fare [Oakland]

That the chicken rice has no chicken flavor is a travesty of hawker fare all across Southeast Asia.

That Syhabout is Thai - and with one michelin star - but still can't recreate such a basic dish is an absolute disgrace.

Jul 20, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

I cannot agree more with budnball. The bay area is a good place for food, especially when it comes to the sheer variety, but it is definitely not Tokyo or NY. The price/quality ratio for produce is amazing though.

Jul 18, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

2 dinners/2 lunches to convince NY hounds to move to SF?

Ippudo is much, much better than Orenchi, and Yakitori Totto is much, much better than Sumika. Japanese in the bay area is leagues behind NY. There is conceivably a debate between LA and NY, but the bay area? Absolutely not.

Jul 18, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

need asian change of pace in paris

I wholeheartedly agree with Ptipois.

Jul 18, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in France

Etiquette for 3 star restaurants eg Ledoyen

jtandjb - did you ever post your photos etc? Also, what was *your* experience regarding ordering, tipping, and paying?

Jul 16, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in France

need asian change of pace in paris

The one place we always go to for our Asian fix is Lao Viet (which Pti also mentioned). It gets the stamp of approval from every Asian I know - from our Asian friends who grew up and live in Paris, to those like us who visit Paris regularly but must have an Asian meal at some point despite the great French food.

The one dish that is memorable is this ceviche-like pork fried rice. It has a lot of crispy/crunchy rice bits (think from the bottom of a clay pot) with a tangy flavored pork that is raw.

Lao Viet is a great dinner choice for Sundays, when just about every good French place is closed. Here is the website: http://www.restaurantlaoviet.com

Jul 16, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in France

Martin Yan/Koi Palace Alliance

There will never be a restaurant like Lei Garden in SF. The people here just don't understand high end Cantonese cuisine. That's the demand side of the argument.

Nor do places like Koi Palace know how to run a high end business. The level of sophistication required is well beyond their grasp. That's the supply side of the argument.

SF can't even put together a decent xiao long bao, and here someone is trying to sell xiao long bao with black truffles? Please.

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Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Jul 03, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Singapore family seeking help. Please advise and critique my list

RE: KP's 沙翁 - yep, I think so. At the very least, the Koi Palace version is hot whereas the Tai Cheong version is cold.

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Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

Jun 29, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in San Francisco Bay Area

Ippudo HK

Hmm, I haven't had a lot of ramen in HK but the few places I have been to were not that good. I checked out 札幌元祖北海道拉麵 Sapporo Japanese Restaurant a while back and 達磨日式拉麵 Daruma Ramen House recently, both of which were pretty bad.

Jun 29, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore - incredibly overdue thanks

I'm not based in Singapore but travel there frequently and was just recently in town. I have posted my recommendations and suggestions below. Please note I posted something similar in an earlier thread, but I have since updated the information to reflect the experience from my most recent trip:

*** CHINATOWN AREA ***

(1) HONG LIM FOOD CENTER (JUST RENOVATED)
Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa #02-66 --- 11am-6pm, closed Sun
Outram Park Char Kway Teow #02-17 --- 6am-4:30pm, closed Sun
Heng Kee Curry Mee #01-58 --- 10am-5pm, open daily (?)

(2) MAXWELL FOOD CENTRE
A few blocks from Hong Lim is Maxwell Food Centre where you can try the famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice #01-10 (11am-8pm, closed Mon). I used to really like this place (especially the rice) but think the quality has gone downhill (chicken is way too dry, rice is not as oily or fragrant) ever since they opened two other branches. I think Chatterbox at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel is still the best (and most consistent) but it is $27 vs. $3 at these other places!

(3) TONG AH EATING HOUSE
Kaya toast is good at places like Ya Kun and Killiney Kopitiam (both are big chains with lots of locations) but quite exceptional at Tong Ah Eating House, 36 Keong Saik Road (6:30am-10pm, daily (?)). I love the "slim toast" which is like the standard kaya toast except they toast the bread several times to make it extremely crispy.

(4) YA KUN
Kaya toast is also good at the flagship location, 18 China Street (8:30am-5:00pm, daily (?)).

*** TIONG BAHRU FOOD CENTER ***

Jian Bo Shui Kueh #02-05 --- 6:30am-11am, daily (?)
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice #02-82 --- 10am-9pm, closed Mon
Tiong Bahru Carrot Cake #02-83 --- 8am-10pm, closed Wed
Tiong Bahru Lor Mee - #02-80, 10am-6pm, closed Mon
Teck Seng Soya Bean Milk #02-69, 10am-6pm, closed Mon

*** EAST COAST ROAD ***

328 Katong Laksa --- 8am-10pm, daily
Marine Parade Laksa --- 8:30am-5:30pm, daily
Boon Tong Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice --- 11am-10pm, daily
Five Star Hainanese Chicken Rice (flagship location) --- 9am-3am, daily
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (2nd location) --- 10:30am-9:30pm, closed Mon

*** MISCELLANEOUS ***

Chilli crab --- Palm Beach Seafood at One Fullerton
Satay --- Chuan Kee #01-85, Old Airport Road Food Centre (6:30pm-10:30pm, closed Mon/Thu)
Prata --- Casuarina Curry, 136 & 138 Casuarina Road (7am-12am, daily)
Carrot cake --- Chey Sua Carrot Cake #02-30, Toa Payoh Food Centre (6am-1pm, closed Mon)
Spicy Prawn Rolls (good souvenirs) --- Bengawan Solo (a lot of locations)

Jun 29, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore family with 2 kids to Los Angeles seeking advise.

So sushigirlie - what Thai restaurants have you been to in Singapore? I just want to better understand what you're saying by establishing some points of reference.

Jun 28, 2011
hong_kong_foodie in Los Angeles Area