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2014 Top Ten Tastes

Jerk shrimp, Miss Ollie's
Gazpacho Morelia, Nido
Laoyou noodles, Guilin rice noodles
Special house noodle roll, Peony
Milk tea with custard and grass jelly, iTea
Ranier cherries, Andy's orchards
Bloody mar, Manresa with guest chef
A walk through the forest, Atelier Crenn
Bone marrow dumplings, Atelier Crenn
Tempura, Atelier Crenn

Worst taste revisit: green tea Kit Kat, they must have changed the recipe, there's not enough green tea flavor and texture is chalky

Dec 17, 2014
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Bakesale Betty's - Temescal [Oakland]

I go pretty regularly. For the past few years they have only had (aside from sandwiches and salads) cookies and strawberry shortcake when strawberries are in season. Then about two months ago, apple pie was available by the slice. Last month they had a few different scones as well. Their cookies, scones, and apple pie are tasty but in my opinion they are not destination worthy. On the other hand I think their strawberry shortcake is reason alone to go.

Dec 15, 2014
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Imm Thai, Berkeley

After reading all the reports I felt I needed to get there sooner rather than later. One thing that sets sukhothai noodles apart from tom yum noodles is the sweetness from palm sugar, so I was pretty sure it was the real thing when I saw reports of sweetness.

I ordered the noodles dry style, which meant I was missing out on the delicious pork broth, but it means that the flavors are all the more intense. In Thailand the dry style noodles come with a little ball of sugar and a wedge of lime, but in this version the sugar and lime were already mixed in. I added a good dose of roasted chili powder from the basket of condiments.

Loved it, all the elements were there in the right proportions. In Thailand the flavors were even more intense, but I can forgive that since it saves me a long plane flight.

Kana moo krob was good but I still like Lers Ros' version better because it's less sweet.

Dec 09, 2014
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TAIWAN Restaurant - Berkeley

Sad. There are not enough Taiwanese places in SF/East Bay. I stopped by to pick up half a dozen ba zang (the Taiwanese version of zongzi).

Dec 09, 2014
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Imm Thai, Berkeley

Has anyone tried it yet? I'm curious how the sukhothai noodles are. They are spicy and sour and my favorite noodles from my visit to Thailand. It's on my list but unfortunately it will be a while before I can get over there.

Dec 05, 2014
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New Malaysian in Oakland Chinatown

Sorry, I don't know why the pic turned out small and illegible when I can see it perfectly fine on my iPad.
The only item that is a fish soup is a fish head soup not labelled as asam laksa.

Dec 02, 2014
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New Malaysian in Oakland Chinatown

I don't think so but here's a picture of the noodle soup section of the menu in case you want to check it out.

Dec 02, 2014
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New Malaysian in Oakland Chinatown

Tried it for lunch this week. Roti canai was very good, fluffy with some crispy bits and a tasty dipping sauce. Kang kung belachan is morning glory stir fried with shrimp paste, and was also delicious. They could have gone heavier on the shrimp paste, but that's probably just my personal preference.

Nasi lemak was the only dish I might not order again, not because it didn't taste good, but because it didn't have a large enough portion of peanuts and anchovies and no sambal on the side to make it spicy. It did include a pretty big portion of chicken. If I wanted chicken, I would have ordered chicken.

The menu includes a number of popular Malaysian dishes but also includes Thai dishes like mee Siam and Tom yum soup. That makes sense to me since the SE Asian countries are so close and influence each other's cuisines. I'll be interested to see how strong their Malaysian dishes are compared to the others.

Classic Guilin Rice Noodles - Oakland Chinatown

Finally had a chance to try it. Sour bamboo is a flavor I love from my childhood and crave as an adult. This bowl of noodles is perfect with a deep/fatty pork broth to balance the sour bamboo. Saw a fermented black bean and the veg in my bowl was A-tsai. Rice noodles are fresh like the pho ga from turtle tower.

Their weekend hours are longer than their weekday hours and they are opening up another location in San Jose.

Nov 30, 2014
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best dim sum Bay Area, late 2014?

I've been to Peony 4-5 times in the past 6 months, it is really good and I usually spend $15-20 depending on how much I order. I prefer ordering over carts; they do both so I order everything and I ignore the carts for the most part. There was a chowdown there 4 months ago, but am too technologically lagging to link the thread.

Nov 30, 2014
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Dan Dan Mian - SF Dish of the Month (Jan 2013)

Yes, the dish is a mix of Chinese Dan Dan and Korean Jajang, there is bean paste in there. The dish is very good and one of the most successful multiethnic dishes I've had in a long time (Japan, Italy, China, Korea).

Nov 30, 2014
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Pietisserie/Oakland - GREAT pies!

We brought two pies (pumpkin and chocolate cream) to Thanksgiving dinner with 8 adults and 6 kids, and they did not go over well. The pies were on the small side (shallow and not large diameter) and a whopping $26 each. We were sent home with 1/3 of each pie leftover and when we cleared the dishes a lot of chocolate cream pie went in the trash, my portion included.

The pretzel crust on the chocolate cream was very crumbly, this was problematic for me because it felt like someone mixed sand into something that was supposed to be smooth. I don't have the same problem with graham cracker crusts for cheesecake, so this might be related to the pretzel. The salt/sugar balance was also off - it made the pie taste incredibly bland.

Pumpkin pie was okay, with the filling being better than the crust. Everyone preferred to eat it with about a half of cup of whipped cream.

Nov 30, 2014
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Crab season is upon us

How would it rank compared to other crab preparations you've had?

Nov 22, 2014
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Crab season is upon us

Thursday night we had a seafood soup with Dungeness crab at Nido. This isn't a dish that is just about crab, but the crab was delicious as was the other pieces of seafood as well as the tomato and chili based broth.

Was a day late on the Pizzaiolo wood oven roasted crab and the Penrose crab pictured in sfgate.

Is the Camino crab really good? I am not a fan of Camino so I am a bit torn on whether to try their crab. We only get to eat out one night a week, so I have to pick carefully.

Nov 22, 2014
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Christmas Day and/or New Years Day brunch in wine country

To answer my own question, we ended up with a reservation at Ad Hoc for New Year's Day. Brix was only serving their standard lunch, although it sounds like we're not missing out since their brunch seems to have gone downhill per another CH thread.

Nov 22, 2014
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The Barrel Room, Oakland Rockridge

We went in late September and was pleasantly surprised by the food. Oftentimes food is just an afterthought because the wine is the star of the show. Not the case here, enjoyed several interesting flights (especially Portugese whites) and dinner (shrimp and steak were both memorable).

Nov 22, 2014
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Mochi at Yuen Hop (Oakland Chinatown)

Tried the taro ones for the first time last week. They were very good, the taro was mostly pasty with a few chunks for texture. Less sweet than the black sesame.

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

I bought two that were each slightly over a pound last night. Lots of crab fat, fairly sweet. Still $3.99/lb.

Nov 22, 2014
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Where to buy Chinese turkey with glutinous rice for Thanksgiving?

Gum Kuo in Oakland has signs saying you can order a Thanksgiving turkey. They are selling it by the pound. Don't know about the sticky rice, but they should have it.

Nov 13, 2014
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ISO: fresh stink beans and/or winged beans

I saw winged beans at the downtown Oakland farmers market about a month ago. Haven't been recently so I can't tell you if they are still in season.

Classic Guilin Rice Noodles - Oakland Chinatown

Correction: it's laoyou, not luoyang

Nov 13, 2014
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Dan Dan Mian - SF Dish of the Month (Jan 2013)

Iyasare has a relatively new squid ink udon dish that is like dan dan mien. It's not an "authentic" dan dan mien, but an interpretation that is tasty and very interesting. It includes squid, kimchee (on the side), sichuan peppercorns, cucumbers, and probably a few other ingredients I've forgotten already. It may be the most memorable version of this dish that I've had.

Nov 12, 2014
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Christmas Day and/or New Years Day brunch in wine country

Has anyone had any good experiences in either Napa or Sonoma counties? A nice buffet would be great, a la carte is fine too. Alcohol not required but a sit-down meal appropriate for the occasion is important. Thanks in advance!

Nov 12, 2014
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Classic Guilin Rice Noodles - Oakland Chinatown

I walked by this morning and noticed a poster advertising luoyang noodles. I don't remember much about the description but my impression from the poster is that the dish is spicy. The part of the description that I do remember is that it includes sour bamboo.

Nov 12, 2014
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ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

Adding photo.

Aug 18, 2014
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ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

I don't know the difference between northern vs southern. If you describe how they differ I might be able to take a guess.

Aug 14, 2014
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ZONGZI aka CHINESE TAMALES SFBA Dish of the Month May 2014

A Taiwanese friend brought me one from Taiwan restaurant in Berkeley, it was very good and the only one that has come close to the ones I ate growing up. Theirs is filled with pork and mushroom, no peanuts. The rice retains some texture and is well seasoned. The bamboo leaf wrap job is neater and less oblong than the Cantonese version. I'm glad my friend found this for me.

Aug 14, 2014
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China Lounge, Pleasanton...new Chengdu Chinese in the (far) East Bay.

How were the wontons in chili oil? They look about right in the picture, and I was hoping the liquid would be good enough to drink, even if it wasn't quite spicy enough.

I no longer order China Village's version since their former chef moved to Fresno, but when I do visit Fresno I am reminded of how great that dish can be.

Jul 19, 2014
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Perdition Smokehouse (downtown Berkeley)

We got takeout from Perdition tonight. They are still a bit disorganized and we discovered that they forgot to include our side dish of beans when we got home. Also, no BBQ sauce was packed in our boxes. I guess we should have opened up everything to check that it was all there before leaving.

My favorite was the pulled pork sandwich with red cabbage slaw. The slaw was vinegary (no mayo) and paired well with the pork.

The ribs were smokey, flavorful and juicy but a little on the salty side. It was fine once I had it with a slice of bread. I agree with Robert that it's an excellent rub.

Brisket was surprisingly less smoky than the ribs. Very moist. I prefer the smokier version at Memphis Minnie's.

Hot link - the one that I had was leaner than I prefer, but had good flavor. I tend to avoid sausages made out of leaner meats, such as boar sausage, because the lean-ness changes the texture. We have another one in the fridge for lunch tomorrow that looks a little different (different batch?).

Jul 19, 2014
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Wine country central location

Colorado and New Jersey. We will need at least a five bedroom rental, so we will likely end up in the outskirts of Santa Rosa rather than downtown.

Jul 19, 2014
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