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Bibimbap: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2015

Spoon Korean Bistro, Albany

After looking at tm's Bold Italic link I returned to Spoon to try the "Organic Works" Bibimbap (BBB) which has organic fruits & vegetables over a bowl of rice (menu has vegetarian, not vegan, listed). I remember this on the Bowl'd Solano menu, but don't think it's on the Bowl'd BBQ Telegraph menu.

Online menu is out of date with prices of $11 for regular BBB, $13 for Dolsot and $12 for the Organic. Current is $12 for regular, $13 for Dolsot and the Organic has gone up to $15 (+2 to add protein).

Anyway, I went for the Organic + Mung Bean Pancake (bindae duk) for a protein.

Apple slices, cherry tomatos, orange bell peppers, kale, purple cabbage, blueberries, dried cranberries, yellow & purple cauliflower, a couple types of sprouts, something that looked like baby parlsey (but didn't taste like parsley), pickled daikon, a small clump of spring mix, petitas, and sprinkle of crushed almonds made up the colorful array of toppings. The server didn't ask rice preference and this was on a bed of white rice (vs. mixed grain (+$1 on menu)).

The bowl was good on it's own and better with the gochujang sauce mixed in giving a sweet / heat combo. The gochujang sauce was on the sweeter side and took a fair amount to get to the medium spiciness I was looking for.

Six banchan were provided along with a small bowl of seaweed soup (Miyuk Guk). They were good, but the cabbage kimchi was too fresh (under-fermented) for my taste.

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

It's a relatively common condiment with Bo Ssam (boiled pork wraps (diner constructed)).

Photo from Ohgane in Oakland, where they didn't have "gool" in the menu description, but the Bo Ssam dish also had raw oysters.

They also gave Saeujeot with an order of Soondae Guk (blood sausage soup)

Bibimbap: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2015

agree with no dolsot for this.

that's like the time i got Chirashi on steaming, un-seasoned rice (Sushi Park, Park Blvd, Oakland)

Bibimbap: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2015

That sounds like Hwe Dup Bap, which is the Korean spicy equivalent to Japanese Chirashi. Was there gochujang sauce mixed in?

http://korean-cuisine.blogspot.com/20...

BTW, I've found this dish at a few Korean owned sushi spots

Bibimbap: SFBA Dish of the Month June 2015

Sahn Maru, Oakland

Decided to try something new and got the lunch Tofu Bibimbap ($10.95 / $12.95@dinner), non-Stone Pot. Dolsot version was (iirc) $14.95, with no cheaper lunch option like the regular BBB.

Like tm's dish at Ohgane, this comes with the toppings in a larger bowl, separate from the bowl of hot rice. I was thinking they might doctor up the tofu, but this was just chunks of plain firm tofu which you can kind of see in my blurry picture under the roasted seaweed.

I like the greater control of the mix you get with the separate rice bowl, but there was a generous amount of veggies including mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, carrots, radish, and sprouts plus the roasted seaweed and fried egg so even mixing in all of the rice left a very good (for my taste) balance of toppings to rice. Egg was a little overcooked and just a little runny yolk to mix in.

You also get a bowl of seaweed soup (Miyuk Guk, which I'm pretty sure has a beef broth so vegetarians beware) along with a thing of not very spicy Gochujang based sauce and eight banchan.

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

7 years late, but the salty, fermented mini-shrimp sauce with the raw oysters & pork (Gool Bo Ssam) is called Saeujeot

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeujeot

Hippie history? Seeking info on 1970's SF restaurant where no talking was allowed!

Sounds something like Karma Kitchen that was (is?) at Taste of the Himalayas on Shattuck in Berkeley.

Pay what you want or think your meal was worth and Pay It Forward to those who eat after you.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Juhu Beach Club, Oakland

I forgot about this DOTM, but had the Masala Fries with lunch today.

Coated with a garam masala type of blend which I liked, but had a limp consistency that I didn't enjoy.

The tamarind ketchup was pretty light on tamarind too.

KronnerBurger - Oakland

I found the patty in my burger underseasoned and, because of the rare-ness, not juicy. I liked the burger OK from the combo of ingredients (cheddar mayo, grilled onions, pickles), but wasn't wowed.

I order my steaks rare / black&blue, but burgers I like more cooked to get a little more texture & juiciness from rendered fat. This would have been better for me with a little more time on the grill.

KronnerBurger - Oakland

yesterday was 2 beers, both 12 oz with no other size options listed.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Been once. Wasn't impressed.

Light on fillings. Dry thit nuong (grilled pork).

May need to give another shot.

Best Sandwich in Berkeley?

Yadi is where?

Party tray needed for this Sat: Vietnamese egg rolls, EBAY

For the archives.

I trolled my reviews on Y**p and found Anh Hong in Berkeley and Champa Garden in Oakland make their fried rolls with rice paper wrappers.

Not sure on party trays for either.

Party tray needed for this Sat: Vietnamese egg rolls, EBAY

Rice paper && fried?

Or are you talking about fresh summer rolls (goi cuon)

Party tray needed for this Sat: Vietnamese egg rolls, EBAY

I don't think they use rice paper wrappers

Fermented Fish Soup BUN MAM @ Bun Mam Ha Tien in San Jose

Seems like some variations in styles.

The versions I've had in Oakland, like Soc Trang, have had clear broth that was probably strained.

The ones I've had in San Jose were darker / murkier and more pungent. There I think some of the disintegrated fermented fish is left in the broth?

Box and Bells [Oakland]

Vo's in Oakland has re-opened

closed for good for couple months now. maybe Banh Mi shop in different location?

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

east bay burger with short ribs in the mix?

Baron's in Alameda has the 5150 Burger which has a bacon & beef patty

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

i uninstalled Chrome and re-installed (with all of the same Extensions) and the site looks like it's working again.

btw, from the feedback i'm seeing (broken site until you logout (i couldn't logout because that option wasn't displaying) or reinstall. broken google indexing. etc) i'm not sure what benefit this pagination upgrade has for end users.

why not do something people asked for (restaurant DB) ;-)

cheers.

Dec 22, 2014
drewskiSF in Site Talk
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Site doesn't work in Chrome with pagination "upgrades"

i uninstalled Chrome and re-installed (with all of the same Extensions) and the site looks like it's working again.

btw, from the feedback i'm seeing (broken site until you logout (i couldn't logout because that option wasn't displaying) or reinstall. broken google indexing. etc) i'm not sure what benefit this pagination upgrade has for end users.

cheers.

Dec 22, 2014
drewskiSF in Site Talk
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Site doesn't work in Chrome with pagination "upgrades"

Expanding a collapsed post is not working for me in Desktop Chrome (39.0.2171.95 m) It is working fine in IE (11.0.9600.17501)

Hovering over my Avatar is not bringing up the Box with Profile, Settings, Sign Out

When replying to a post, the "Upload a photo" option is not showing up.

Cleared cache & cookies. Restarted Chrome.

Thoughts on extensions that would bork this?

All new with the new site. No new extensions.

Dec 22, 2014
drewskiSF in Site Talk

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Expanding a collapsed post is not working for me in Chrome (39.0.2171.95 m)

It is working fine in IE (11.0.9600.17501)

Hmm, this probably should go into a different thread, not this instruction post . . .

Dec 22, 2014
drewskiSF in Site Talk

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Brotzeit Lokal, Oakland

I got the Brat with fries ($11, choice of salad). I like that they now put this combo on plates where it used to be a basket with the kraut and onions for the sausage buried underneath the fries (2nd photo).

Anyway, these are medium cut, skin-on fries. May have gotten the dregs of a batch because only a few were longer than 1-1.5"

These were nice and crispy . . . some were even crunchy, which I like, but others may not. Lightly salted. I believe the ketchup (as well as the mustards and other condiments on the tables) is house-made.

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
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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.

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Pho Mekong
807 E 12th St
Oakland, CA