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Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Yeah but I asked about 3 months ago and they said they were looking for a new goose source and weren't sure when it would be back.

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Yup, the lower left portion, which is the part of the shoulder closest to the neck.

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Compelling. Is the photo of the cooked item sliced from a longer muscle?

http://www.twistedbelly.com/uploads/2...

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Pork neck = money muscle...or perhaps a portion thereof?

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

Ha, you weren't kidding about the baby back ribs with biryani.

It looks like aside from the baby backs the only other BBQ on the menu is Kalua "Hawaiian-style" pulled pork. I wonder if it is cooked in a imu or just smoked with kiawe wood...

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

In! I'm just curious to see there interpretation of California BBQ. Smoked tofu?

Chiliquiles with barbacoa at El Palmar (Novato)

Really good stuff. Ordered with the spicy red sauce and the weekend special barbacoa mixed in. Tortilla chips kept great texture and the barbacoa was moist and tender with tasty Lamby flavor.

Comal - Berkeley

Why not just charge 20% more for the food?

Dungeness Crab Prices 2014/2015 Season

The presumption is the crabs are fresher caught went bought straight off the boat. Crabs stop eating and begin deteriorating once caught so there can be a difference in taste.

China Village (Albany) is open!

Mea culpa. CV is a half dozen blocks into Albany on Solano.

China Village (Albany) is open!

Just that they are two very good Berkeley restaurants with "China" in their name and were both closed at the same time due to kitchen fires.

Football Saturday, breakast/brunch...near Berkeley but out of heavy traffic? Must be Veggie Friendly

How about Hong Kong East Ocean for dim sum?

Football Saturday, breakast/brunch...near Berkeley but out of heavy traffic? Must be Veggie Friendly

Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen is another option in the area (they open early on game days), but parking will be an issue.

Football Saturday, breakast/brunch...near Berkeley but out of heavy traffic? Must be Veggie Friendly

Not a chance in heck they would make kickoff. Traffic in the area will be insane for Big game.

Crab season is upon us

If the sport season is any indicator, we are in for a good year!

Lunch between San Jose and L.A.

Tita's truck for pupusas just off I-5 in Buttonwillow:

http://titaspupuseria.com/eng/

Super Star Restaurant: Filipino-Chinese in the Excelsior (San Francisco)

I'm a fan of the tosilog. Pretty bare bones place, but you can't beat the price!

Where are you buying your turkey?

Last year I was able to locate non pre-brined turkeys at Sprouts Market in Petaluma. I'm hoping to do the same again this year. If going that route, be sure to soak your bird overnight. Alice Waters published her brine recipe in the Chronicle sever years ago which I have been using with great success.

Great China (Berkeley) still great

Got back to Great China last week. Again around 6pm and had about a 15 minute wait for two. We ordered much better this time:

Double skin with extra mustard. They made the same as they always do, but provide a small bowl of mustard on the side. Perfect.

Also ordered the fish dumplings that were great, and the braised pork belly with preserved mustard greens. Very tender and succulent.

Is the spicy chicken curry only served at lunch? It wasn't on the dinner menu.

p.s. the service was extremely helpful, almost to a fault. When I asked about the pork belly dish the waitress took it off a nearby table (with permission of course) to show us.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

Enjoyed the pho ga from Saigon BBQ in SF this afternoon. Large bowl for $7.50 with all the usual southern fixins (toasted garlic, green onion, basil, etc.). Broth was nice and not too sweet. Pho Ga wasn't on my list of things to try at this place but I was glad I did. Thank you for the assignment chowhound.

Saigon BBQ Restaurant
2623 San Bruno Ave
San Francisco, CA

Best Burger near Broadway/Sansome? [San Francisco]

Mo's at Grant near Vallejo is less than a 10 minute walk.

Turkey: getting one this week to practice on, and spatchcocking

I don't think cooking heritage birds vs. commercial birds is much different, except that if the heritage bird is not pre-brined in a solution then you should make sure the bird you practice on is not pre-brined either. Unfortunately non pre-brined commercial turkeys can be hard to find - even during the week of Thanksgiving. You will also want to practice on a similar size bird.

Spatchcocking is pretty easy to do yourself if you have a decent set of kitchen sheers. Just cut out both sides of the backbone and toss it in your gravy pot (do the same with the wing tips), and then cut through or remove the wishbone at the top cavity. Lay the bird skin side up and give it a good downward shove to flatten it out.

One Day in SF

I like where you are headed with the Swan Oyster Depot idea as our local Dungeness crab will be in season and you wont want to miss it. SOD is tiny though so you are sure to encounter a long line. I always pick up mine to cook at home, so maybe other can provide recommendations of other restaurants to enjoy it.

Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

Unfortunately no.

Fremont Diner Report (Sonoma)

Agreed, breakfast/brunch is the time to go.

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Oh yes. Couldn't call it a Benedict without the muffin!

Where to buy spices in San Francisco?

FWIW, SpiceHouse.com has free shipping this weekend. Prices are quite reasonable for the quality if you order in bags rather than jars.

Sunday Brunch or Lunch in San Francisco this Sunday

How about dim sum?

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Wasn't able to sample many places this month so will report on a prior visit to the Fremont Diner in Sonoma earlier this year.

They serve up a smoked brisket hash which unfortunately sounded better than it actually was. The portion was on the small side and was made up mostly of large chunks of potatoes, onions, a fried egg, and not nearly enough brisket. Overall the dish simply lacked flavor.

I will stick with the shrimp & grits on my next visit.

Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Coming in just under the wire:

Marvin's in Novato specializes in assorted benedicts plus they make a killer hash so it was only natural to combine the two and try their hash benedict with spicy hollandaise. It was a delectable huge portion that I couldn't finish (and that's saying something). Their hash is made up of house cured corned beef, potatoes and veggies all diced small and mixed together and fried thinly on the grill to ensure a fluffy interior with a nice crispy crust. The spicy hollandaise was also great. The only downside was that the poached eggs were slightly underdone leaving a smidgen of runny white to mix in with the hash. Other than that it was a pretty stellar dish.

Marvin's Restaurant
1112 Grant Ave
Novato, CA 94945