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Best Korean in Santa Clara (or in general South Bay/Peninsula)?

according to Y!, Myung Dong has changed ownership and is now Ohgane. unclear if related to the Oakland / East Bay Ohgane locations.

reviews are mixed. seems like they're all 5 stars or 1-2 stars.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

I like crispy & salt :) so I got the fries with their Reuben today and they were mixed. Some were crispy and others were softer and a bit undercooked.

Seemed like I got a mix of a couple of batches. Also, these were very light on salt.

Not very consistent.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

Mint Leaf in Alameda has a grilled chicken pho with the chicken served on the side (pictured).

Thanh Ky in Oakland has a fried Duck Leg noodle soup with the duck leg on the side.

Burmese Kitchen closing, another victim of the out-of-control hi-tech economy. [San Francisco]

just got this email. doing temp pop-up starting in "early 2015"

looks like same thing is also on their Website

When you do good things, good things happen in return we believe that. Through a lucky string of events, the Burmese Kitchen is doing a temporary POP UP in the former home of the legendary To Hyang space at 3815 Geary St. in early 2015. We’re hoping to further the culinary tradition in a space popularized by Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmerman and Chris Constantino. We’re hoping to make new friends and re-unite with old ones in true Burmese Kitchen style. Keep an ear out for more details. We’ve missed you.

Thank you for your support,

The Lin Family

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

The address is actually 1221 E 12th St.

I think this place just opened this year? It's where Pho Ga 69 was so you might be thinking of that place or maybe they just renamed themselves?.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

Pho Mekong, East Oakland

Pho Mekong is where Pho Oakland #1 used to be. Menu looks pretty similar, but the inside has been cleaned up a bit.

I got the Pho Ga (M, $6.50) and Bi Cuon ($4.95, 3 rolls). No cilantro in anything.

Pho came out and they forgot the no cilantro; I got most of it out, but it was a PITA. Garnish plate was sprouts, more ciantro, jalapenos, and lime wedge. Other tables got basil and rau ram so not sure if they include those for the beef pho or are just inconsistent?

Not the best bowl. The chicken broth had an off flavor and the noodles a little overcooked. There was plenty of meat which was a mix of white & dark meat, but a lot of it was dry. Only one Pho Ga so no option for offal.

The Bi Cuon helped save this meal. They came nicely arranged with a nuoc cham dipping sauce and had plenty of bi (shredded pork and pork skin, but they were freshly made and had cilantro too!!

Beef pho may be a better option here.

Pho Mekong
807 E 12th St
Oakland, CA

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

The SoMa one as it's just a few blocks from my office.

A little hit or miss. The #10 Chicken w/ Giblets is what had them . . . and it doesn't always have them. You can the single egg in the upper right of the bowl.

You could try and ask for "Trung Non" I can't remember if it's listed as an option / extra you can order on the menu.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

I've had unborn eggs at:
- Turtle Tower, San Francisco
- Pho Ga Huong Que Cafe, Oakland
- Com Ga Nam An, San Jose
- Pho Kim Long, San Jose

Bistro L'Aviateur [San Francisco]

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Boot & Shoe Service, Grand Lake, Oakland

Smoked Coho Salmon & Beet Hash with horseradish & a poached egg, $13

Had a mix of red and golden beets. The salmon was lightly smoked. I thought the dish was light on both the salmon and beets (more so the beets) with mostly big chunks of potato.

The horseradish (the shavings you can see in the photos) also didn't add much flavor. I would have prefered a dollop of prepared horseradish.

Boot & Shoe Service
3308 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

ha! i didn't even notice that until you mentioned it.

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Portal Restaurant, Lake Merritt, Oakland

Portal has both Corned Beef and Tempeh Hash on the weekends, but Tuesday-Friday it's just the Tempeh version that's available for $10 with two eggs.

The mix is mostly tempeh and potatoes with a few slivers of onions and red, yellow, and green bell peppers with a sprinkle of scallions on top.

The tempeh is nutty, on the sweet side, and had a texture similar to roasted chestnuts. I would have liked it to have been prepared with a savorier slant.

They had six hot sauces on the table that I used to doctor things up a bit.

Nice patio seating area with a view of Lake Merritt.

Portal Restaurant
1611 2nd Ave
Oakland, CA

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Full House Cafe, Laurel District, Oakland

They have 5 hashes on the menu with the usual suspect Corned Beef along with Smoked Chicken, Cajun, Mushroom, or Red Flannel, which is what I got.

Poached eggs are standard, but you can specify if you want them prepared differently. Coffee cake, bagel, or biscuits can sub for toast for +$0.50. The mustard horseradish sauce in the pictures usually comes with the Corned Beef Hash, but they were happy to bring me a small cup.

The meat in Red Flannel Hash is often corned beef, but the version here is bacon with beets, potato, and onion. The eggs were poached well and came in a separate small bowl which was good because they weren't drained well and sitting in warm water.

I liked the hash flavor with the contrast of the beets and potato along with the occasional smokey bite with bacon. Just a few crisp bits which I would have liked more of. It was also pretty light on the bacon and I thought a non-meat version would work pretty good.

The mustard horseradish sauce is made with creamy horseradish so didn't have much bite to it.

Full House Cafe
3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA

SFBA Dish of the Month (Nov 2014) - Nominations/Voting

off topic, but the URL's for the Pupusas, Okonomiyaki, and B&G Threads have been truncated so are not redirecting properly

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Piedmont Cafe & Bakery, Oakland

I saw something about planned mid-October opening for Kronnerburger so last week I peeked into the space. Walls are currently down to the studs and there's no floor (tied rebar waiting for a pour of concrete).

Anyway, across Piedmont Avenue was the Piedmont Cafe & Bakery and I saw Corned Beef Hash on the menu. I can't remember exactly, but it was pretty cheap at $6.95 or thereabouts with choice of hashbrowns or rice and two eggs, any style.

I guess it's what you'd expect for the price. I'd be surprised if they weren't canned, though I did like the crispy crust they got on the hash and the hashbrowns were also well cooked with a crisp exterior and moist center.

Piedmont Cafe & Bakery
4054 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Saul's Deli Hash comes in full orders for $9.95 with two eggs and toast or half orders for $7.95 with one egg and no toast. I did the later with a poached egg.

There was a good meat to potato ratio and I liked the smokey bites of the pastrami. I didn't notice any of the menu listed salami. The egg was a little overdone with the yolk gelling.

The last time I was at Saul's they were charging for pickles, but have now gone back to complementary pickle plate. The half-sours were great. The full were too much for me.

Polk St. Indian Restaurants SF

You can eat in.

"Order online for delivery or pickup!"

I think this just means you can't order online for Dine-in ;-)

It's been years since I've eaten there so won't comment on the food.

KronnerBurger [San Francisco]

The door on the parking lot side was open so I looked in.

Looks like not much has happened since demo or the demo just recently finished.

The place is down to the studs. There's no floor . . . there's a rebar grid in place, ready for some concrete.

My Bay Area Korean Restaurant Rankings/Discussion

This place has been on my list to try for years. Thanks for the reminder!

Plank - JLSq Oakland

that's more interesting that i thought. iirc, the signs surrounding the construction made it seem like just Bocce.

there's an indoor / outdoor Bocce place in the south bay that my company uses way too much for team building events and i was envisioning Plank to be similar.

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

Oakland Chinatown

708 Franklin St, Oakland

Feedback on New SF app - Go Dish

i'm another snubbed Android user

All-You-Can Eat Korean BBQ at Jong Ga House in Oakland

The Korean for Jong Ga House's "marinated beef" is Jumuluk.

I haven't tried it at JGH, but this is often short rib meat like Galbi with a sesame oil and salt marinade vs. Galbi's sweeter marinade.

ok, how about good areas in Oakland?

davidg1 isn't the OP :)

All-You-Can Eat Korean BBQ at Jong Ga House in Oakland

Ohgane has the glazed potato banchan too. It can be hit or miss depending on when a batch was fried up vs. your meal.

Bowl'd actually sells it as an appetizer. Not sure of the $5 portion's size, but assuming there it's fried to order.

All-You-Can Eat Korean BBQ at Jong Ga House in Oakland

the online menu is a little out of date on pricing, but gives you an idea on other meat options.

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

that looks huge! how much do they charge for a pupusa @ La Palma?

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Taqueria & Pupuseria Las Americas, Richmond

After being a little disappointed at La Bamba I decided to head down San Pablo to Taqueria & Pupuseria Las Americas. The sidewalk sign said pupusas were $1.75 and con loroco $2.

The dining room is small with 4 tables. There's a large prep area behind the kitchen where it looked like they were getting stuff together for a catering job.

I had some difficulty ordering from the nice older lady at the register. They were out of loroco. So I decided to go a little lighter with Pork & Beans. She repeated "Cheese? Queso? Better with cheese." with a frown on her face as I shook my head. Finally I said "OK. Queso" and her face lit up with a beaming smile.

Then she repeated my order. "3 pupusas. 1 Pork. 1 Beans. 1 Cheese." and I eventually got my order to just one :)

They need to clean/scrape their griddle between orders. The dark spots you can see on the top half of the pupusa were just burnt griddle remnants that I brushed off with my fork and didn't impact the flavor. The dark spot on the bottom was tasty, crisped cheese that had oozed out.

She forgot the pork so this ended up being beans and cheese only, which I was fine with. Nicely stuffed and an even mix of the fillings.

The salsa was the typical thin, mild red stuff. The curtido was sub-par with just shredded cabbage, carrots and a jalapeño slice. It didn't taste like there was any vinegar or other seasonings beyond the jalapeño.

Now if I could have had this pupusa with La Bambas sides . . .


Taqueria & Pupuseria Las Americas
12929 San Pablo Ave
Richmond, CA

Pupusas : SFBA Dish of the Month September 2014

Taqueria La Bamba, Richmond

It's been awhile since I ate at La Bamba (pre-remodel in 2009) and it was the spot @vespadoggie had guessed up-thread.

All pupusas are currently $2.40. They have a Revuelta (pork & cheese) and a Revuelta con Frijoles on the menu and I got one of the basic Revuelta and a Loroco y Queso pupusa.

The pupusas were not greasy, but the masa tasted a little undercooked. The Revuelta was disappointingly bland. It was light on the fillings with not much cheese and the pork didn't seem seasoned. The Loroco one was much better, though light on the Loroco so it didn't come through in some bites.

I liked the sides. The curtido was tangy from fermentation and had lots of oregano flavor. The salsa is the same that they give with their Mexican food items and was much spicier than the standard thin red salsa most places provide.

Taqueria La Bamba
12345 San Pablo Ave
Richmond, CA

vietnamese [Oakland]

Monster definitely has jalapeño slices available. Ask, if they forget.

If you're heading to SJ for Banh Xeo, give Banh Xeo Ngon a try. Somewhat new place that has a lot of varieties including ones made with Pandan batter (think the green waffles).

They have a great basket of greens with lettuce, perilla, mint, fish mint (diep ca!), and some Asian mustard greens. As a bonus (for me) No cilantro or variants (rau ram) without having to ask. May not be a bonus for others . . .

Banh Xeo Ngon
3005 Silver Creek Rd
San Jose, CA