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xiao long bao tips

Hey hey chow peoples,
I'm going to take a crack at making xiao long bao this week/weekend. I know at least Kirk and Ipsedixit have made these in the past. Just looking for some tips from others that have made it before and what they would change if they were going to do it again. I'm planning on making the aspic without the addition of gelatin or agar. I haven't decided yet with what I'm going to make the broth (skin, hock, feet, etc..) or where I will pick up those ingredients. Any input would be great!

Jul 17, 2014
koreansoup in Home Cooking

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

Uyghur cuisine. Not trying to be esoteric here. Just miss the d*mn food. Boston just got a food truck. so jealous. Even had a hard time even finding the good stuff in LA

Jul 02, 2014
koreansoup in San Diego

Indian bakery

They also have decent carry out. Same chef/food as 8 elements restaurant connected to it but way cheaper (at least for dinner)

Jul 02, 2014
koreansoup in San Diego

Turmeric leaves

wow, thanks for checking around while you were out and about docChow. much appreciated. I'll post if I find any

Jun 28, 2014
koreansoup in San Diego

Turmeric leaves

...anyone know where I can find turmeric leaves in San Diego? I have an indonesian recipe I'd like to make. I thought if one of y'all know where to find some, then I don't have to search the whole county.

Jun 24, 2014
koreansoup in San Diego

HELP! Best birria in SD?!

Birria de res. Sippy cup not included

Dec 19, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

HELP! Best birria in SD?!

This place serves up some good grub!

A piping hot bowl of birria, full of flavor, with bits of melt in your mouth buttery chunks of tendon.

Personally, I am partial to lamb or goat (birria de res (beef) here). That being said, I would certainly go back again..

Dec 19, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Fiesta oaxaqueña opens restaurant (Escondido)

I had high hopes for El Tejate.

Me encanta la comida Oaxaqueña. Pero allá, no. Pues, hoy, no.

I suppose I can can understand difficulties with consistency.

I'm not sure I will make it back.

The owner, however, was there and said that his wife was in Oaxaca learning some new tricks. They said they were busy planning on opening a new place in oceanside.

Maybe the good cook was away....

is Vanessa's oaxaqueña any good?

I'd be interested in hearing about the good Mexican eats in Escondido (other than just Hacienda De Vega). Maestra? Kare_raisu? Anyone else?

Dec 18, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Al Pastor San Diego

Any new intel on this 4 years later? Where do YOU go for the best tacos al pastor in San Diego?

Dec 18, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

umm..... yeah....

just tried tonight for the first and unfortunately the last time.

Dec 18, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

specifically what do they have that is good at Yenchims? I live nearby but had the impression it was nothing special. I would love to be proved wrong.

Dec 16, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

San Diego's most under appreciated cuisine type imo

KirkK,
Just wondering, what are your go to Filipino joints these days?
thx

Sep 15, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Water view dining

depends on who you ask. and pgwiz1 is asking for waterfront dining.The food is not spectacular but these are the places on the water in this area. ....If you decide on taking del dios across. The food is not bad at Jakes, Pacific grill, Chart house. I actually like the physical outdoor space of the beach house, posieden, pacific grill the best (pacific grill patio can be crowded and hard to get a table)). La jolla has places where the food is better, however as mentioned earlier, splitting hair on the driving distance. Coronado.. a little bit more hair. Realistically once you get in the car from Rancho Bernardo you might as well just go where you want. Once you get get on the road, it is pretty much all the same (give or take 5-10 minutes)

Sep 13, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Water view dining

RB is spot on. splitting hairs on the drive time. Del Dios highway is the perfect way to drive west. The drive is so nice that it is an event in and of itself. Pop up on Ville de la valle. To the left (south) on 101 you have Posieden and Jakes(del mar); to the right (north) on 101 you have Chart house, beach house, and pacific grill (cardiff)

Sep 13, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

What are the best eats in your hood?

Thanks y'all ;)

Anybody out there from chula vista, national city, bankers hill, clairemont, linda vista, point loma, scripps ranch, tierrasanta or beyond?

Sep 13, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

SD Night Market

cool. will be there.

Sep 13, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

North County Recommendations with a Baby

not sure where you are coming from but we used to take our 6 month old baby out everywhere and anywhere. As with anywhere else, earlier dining is probably less busy and easier to navigate with a kiddo.

Pretty much all places on the early side of dinner will accomodate a stroller at the table. If you have a car seat/ stroller combo we used to also sometimes put the baby in the seat on the chair and fold up the stroller if there was less room.

Il Fornaio in Del Mar has outdoor patio dining and the tables are spaced apart enough to accommodate a stroller.

Pacifica in Del Mar might be OK during a weekday. Usually there are plenty of open tables outside open during the week. tables a bit more closer but less of a problem with with more open tables.

L'auberge in Del Mar (waterfall terrace) has a great outdoor brunch with tables spaced far enough.... looks like they serve till 8pm. I've only gone for brunch but I bet the food is good. Limited tables though...

Fidel's mexican restaurant in Solana beach is just big. Lot's of tables to accommodate anyone. Noise is still normal. They have a little patio and we've been out there comfortably with a stroller. A lot of people like it. I personally just think it is so so, however, the atmosphere is fun and if baby is the priority it is a good choice.

Sep 11, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

What are the best eats in your hood?

As an extension to globocity's revival of the old thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597846

I want to know what are the best places to eat in your neighborhood? Nobody knows their neighborhood like those that live there. I'm looking for good food and/or good vistas, and/or good ambiance.

What neighborhood do you live in? What are your favorite places? Any standouts near the border?

Here is my take on my hood:

Solana Beach:

Good places:
1)Claire's on Cedros - food is well prepared. Dishes are well thought out. Quality ingredients. Pleasant and fun atmosphere. Cool inside with nice outdoor patio. Pretty much anything you get is tasty. I would travel to go here.
2)Pizza Port - Fun place. good onsite brews and decent pizza. simply a fun experience. wouldn't come here specifically for the pizza. Wouldn't come specifically for the beer. but I would come for the whole package.
3) Rudy's taco shop. good local taco shop. good street tacos. I'm not sure if I would seek this place out from afar, but it has been nice to have nearby.
4) Station Sushi - My local sushi eatery. Wouldn't travel to go here but it was my go to place while in the area (just just moved). I might not otherwise include it, however, since the point of this post is to tell about the area > I'm including it.

Lot's of decent only places. Lockwood table cafe, Parioli, Bangkok Bay Thai, Quick corner off the 101 > Italian Sub, Robertos, Zinc cafe, Bongiorno's New York Pizzeria (the only place in the area that delivers). I think The Fish Market is technically in Solana beach. IMHO the whole Del Mar strip on Via de la Valle is all pretty good but quite overpriced. Market = good.

The little mexican corridor in Solana beach IMHO is over-rated. Fidels, Tony's Jacal, Don Chuy. They all use an inbred uber tomato salsa similar to one another. I know some that enjoy Fidels. I go there, however, for the fun ambience.

Standouts nearby:
Del mar:
L'Auberge - waterfall terrance - great ambience and good food for brunch
Poseidon (standout for beachfront dining only. food OK. Jakes good too,
however, I prefer the non-window open air
)Il Fornaio (standout for happy hour views. drinks and apps with good
sunset view. Not the premier view but good for the area to switch it up.
occasional live music)
Cardiff:
The beach house - food not too good but great outdoor vistas on the
lower level with rocks and beach (and seagulls). upper level is good for
happy hour. Esp in the winter. There is glass that tempers the wind
making it comfortable weather for outdoor happy hour in the winter.
Live music for happy hour.
Pacific coast grill - food better than beach house. patios good but the
place is busier and outdoor seating is less making it more difficult to
get a spot outside.
Chart house - food better but people are always having window fights.
Some want them open, some want them closed. Some want shades
drawn and some do not. I guess I'm a sucker for the outdoor air.
Pipes cafe - local breakfast joint with Big portions.
Bull Taco - Great outdoor place by the water. Food is just OK but cheap
eats by the water in a good way. I'm not burrito man myself, however,
when I go here I find my best bet is the carne asada burrito at this self
proclaimed inauthentic mexcian joint

So..... What's good in your hood?

Sep 10, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

If you're wondering what happened to the Assistant Chef at Ba Ren

thanks for sharing. will have to check it out!

Sep 10, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

UT readers weigh in on (of all things) best Chinese in San Diego

Spicy City definitely has it's highlights.

only 'real' tasting ma po tofu I've found in SD

Sep 10, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

best falafel

Hey all y'all,
just got a hankering for a falafel sandwich. Where is the best SD county has to offer?

Sep 10, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

8 elements perfect indian cuisine is new and in the same plaza as Pho Cow Cali. It's pretty good. Some things I like a lot and other things not so much. I went right when it opened and the service was a little slow if that matters. I would go again

Aug 27, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

ISO-Cuban food

Azafran
open - airy. fun atmosphere. decent menu. decent food. Not rock star

Aug 25, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

San Diego Best/Worst Neighborhoods for Restaurants

Rancho Peñasquitos - way down low near the worst
There is a Sab E Lee

Pho Saigon & Grill?
Sushi Hana?
Orient Valley Filipino Cuisine?

Anyone been? They don't look anything special.

Aug 25, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Pierogi Truck - two thumbs up with a little wart

@nutricion Different locals different days. Their website pierogitruck.com lists what days where. Now I'm itching for a restaurant with normal priced good food. I'm from Michigan too. Nothing like Babcia's cookn!

@Tripeler. Manitoba, huh? Is there decent sized Polish population? My cuz parents in Warszawa are the best I've had. I always bug them about giving me the recipe..... Some day.

Aug 17, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Pierogi Truck - two thumbs up with a little wart

p.s. pierogi also at stone brewery. Nothing special but they are there

Aug 16, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Pierogi Truck - two thumbs up with a little wart

I hear ya. too labor intensive to make them all the time. I usually make a big batch and freeze them.

Aug 15, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Pierogi Truck - two thumbs up with a little wart

p.s. any other good similar eats? We've got pomegranate russian georgian, continental european deli, the village house Kalina. Anything else? Anything coming?

What do others think about the pierogi truck? Good, bad, so so?

Aug 13, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Pierogi Truck - two thumbs up with a little wart

Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in on my own beloved cuisine.

I've been wanting to try the pierogi truck for awhile now. I grew up on polish food and it's taken me awhile to get out to the pierogi truck 'cause we make polish food at home often. The pierogi were really good! The food is legit and I'd recommend checking this place out. I liked the potato and cheese pierogi the best. I couldn't believe they charged $9 for a single Gołąbki (stuff cabbage, but I admit it was a good size)! If I were super picky, I would say the Gołąbki was too salty and the bigos was too salty and had too much grease (i.e. bacon/meat/sausage drippings). The fat drippings cut through the sourness of the sauerkraut which is fine, however, it is a balance. Leave a bit of the sour note for us fans. That being said, this is all picky and just a matter of preference. I thought the food was definitely of high quality. The only real problem: Price. If I'm hungry I would want a Gołąbki, 6 pierogis and bigos on a combo plate for around $15 (not 9 + 8 + 13 =$30). I understand good food takes time and quality ingredients cost $$. but....just saying... because it is a matter of me going back all the time versus.... well, probably never to very infrequently.......

Aug 13, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego

Memorable Experience in North County

flavor del mar closed..........(

Feb 07, 2013
koreansoup in San Diego