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Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Sorry, answered my own question. Missed the date you put in your header.

Jun 22, 2015
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First Timer Suggestions [San Francisco]

I had interesting Thai food at Kin Khao on Cyril Magnin Street, different than the usual Thai places. Kusakabe on Washington Street has an excellent fixed price $95 omekase dinner that is outstanding. Zuni's is an old reliable restaurant, haven't been back since Judy Rodgers died. And we LOVED Mourad 140 New Montgomery St which the owner of Aziza opened up last year. Aziza was a one Michelin starred restaurant and his new restaurant is a winner as well.

Jun 22, 2015
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First Timer Suggestions [San Francisco]

I eat at Sam's often and have not had a terrible meal there, either before or after the new owners - but I always have the oysters on the half shell, creamed spinach and fries. Tom get's the sole which was excellent.

Jun 22, 2015
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Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Date? You put the times but not the date....

Jun 21, 2015
cyssf in San Francisco Bay Area

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Koi Palace was famous for their sugar puffs (as was Shanghai Dumpling King) but I never wanted to wait in line at Koi Palace. Then they opened up Dragon Beaux (which takes reservations) and there were the sugar puffs! They are light, crispy fried donuts like a pate choux dough. My daughter always wants to stop from SFO to get them when she returns to the Bay Area. I only went there once since they opened so I can't say for sure re the dim sum. They bring carts around as well as have menus for ordering.

Jun 19, 2015
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Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

B patisserie no problem with getting in and they opened up their new pickup and go place catty corner to the original place.

Nopalito can be very busy at lunch but by the time 2 pm rolls around should be okay to get in.

Unami burger is okay but I can't quite envision how you'd split 2-3 items 4 ways.

I like Green Chile Kitchen as well for New Mexican style food but the last time I was there it wasn't quite as good as before. But their sister pie place has some amazing pies.

Just ate at 1601 Bar: Sri Lankan food and it was very good and very delicious but I don't think it's open during your time frame.

How about Dragon Beaux for their sugar puffs and dim sum?

Jun 15, 2015
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Khao-man-gai in San Francisco?

Oops just got sent an article that says Kin Khao and Manora make good versions. Anyone have an opinion or other suggestions?

May 03, 2015
cyssf in San Francisco Bay Area

Khao-man-gai in San Francisco?

Just back from Queens and had khao man gai for the first time at the restaurant Eim Khao Mun Kai. So delicious, like the famous Singaporean chicken and rice dish but punchier. Does anyone know of a place in SF that makes this dish? Anyone tried to make it at home assuming you can ascertain what the secret spices are that the chef at Eim Khao Mun Kai uses (he apparently was brought to NYC from Bangkok specifically to cook this dish which is the only dish the restaurant serves). Oops just got sent an article that says Kin Khao and Manora make good versions. Anyone have an opinion or other suggestions?

May 03, 2015
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Moon Cakes are here !

Bought the Costco moon cakes, mixed nuts with double yolks and the white lotus seed with double yolks, okay but not as good as the ones I bought at Clement Bakery. Use to only like the mixed nut ones but now branching out. Like others said, can only eat slices since they are so rich. The Clement Bakery moon cakes come in an elegant folding box like a contained library box; nicer presentation in my opinion that the cans! They also had a coconut one in addition to the red bean paste but I don't like super sweet things and the seller said it was sweet and I should stick with what I bought. I was raised on the east coast in a predominantly white Maryland suburb; my father LOVED the August moon festival and would buy the moon cakes in Washington DC where he worked for the Voice of America and I never understood why he loved them so much but I think it was the associations with his childhood and the festivals etc. So now I'm nostalgic about them and actually enjoying the taste.

Sep 02, 2014
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Afghani food at SF Costco early August 2014

Last week the SF Costco was featuring some frozen Afghani food including a rice dish that included fava beans and another eggplant dish. After sampling them in the store I bought two packages but in order to freeze them at home I had to split up the packages and I discarded the labels. They are absolutely delicious and I'd love to buy more but am afraid that Costco will stop carrying them (alas, you find something you like there and you can't get it again!). Does anyone know who the vendor is and where one can buy it besides Costco? And if Costco still carries it, you should buy some - they're really terrific.

Aug 15, 2014
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No I Don’t Want to Split 4 Deviled Eggs 6 Ways: Why Sharing Sucks

Also a banquet or even home meal is designed to be balanced. Not all fried or all boiled. You should have a fish, steamed if other dishes are fried. A meat dish. A soup course, vegetables of different types. In the end you should have a variety of tastes (salty, sweet, sour) and textures (crispy, soft) and temperatures (cold appetizers and hot main courses).

Jul 17, 2014
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No I Don’t Want to Split 4 Deviled Eggs 6 Ways: Why Sharing Sucks

Well Chinese food is meant to be communal. The items are placed on the table and everyone eats every dish. If you go to a Chinese banquet typically 8-10 dishes are ordered and everyone shares the 8-10 courses. You wouldn't order Peking duck for one person. I'm ChineseAmerican and when my mother cooked dinner for us (before she resumed college and working and then it was gasp TV dinners) it was always served communally. So to me it would be odd to be in a Chinese American restaurant and hover over your own plate of broccoli beef.

Jul 17, 2014
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Need a restaurant for the big Chinese New Years Banquet Feb 2014

We rotate the location since each family of cousins chooses the restaurant and collects the money etc. Family lives all over the Bay Area so it can be anywhere from the east bay to south bay to SF itself. We usually buy a banquet for 5-8 tables. Had been thinking of the Mayflower Great Mall where we had an event years ago but has the quality gone down? The last Chowhound discussion dates from 2005. We use to use Lichee Gardens all the time because Annie gave us such a great deal and special dishes but she retired. Hong Kong Lounge is there now and we no longer have that inside scoop although I do like their food a lot. Any comments re Mayflower Great Mall or any other suggestions?

Dec 26, 2013
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Any place one can buy Kouign Amann in SF?

This actually looks more like we saw in Brittany - denser and gooier and less flaky/crisp like we've been seeing around here.

Nov 17, 2013
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Any place one can buy Kouign Amann in SF?

Went to Le Marais last week and wasn't attracted to the idea of rosemary in a KA, had the almond croissant instead which was large, flaky, but not remarkable. Heading off to Paris and Normandy today so will renew my search and reset my memory of what KA is supposed to taste like. Normandy is not Brittany (duh) but am hoping it's close enough! Coincidentally staying in a flat in the Marais and going on a food tour including Poilane so will see what the real Marais tastes like. :)

Sep 22, 2013
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Cart Dim Sum in SF Chinatown

I' m Chinese American. Raised on the east coast but mother's family third generation SF Chinatown. We use to eat at Canton frequently for banquets and I thought the food was good. Have't had dim sum there in a long time.

Sep 10, 2013
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Cart Dim Sum in SF Chinatown

Well, if you are willing to go outside of Chinatown I like House of Banquet on Clement. Massive, filled with mostly Chinese clientele. Many unusual dishes such as tripe soups and black vinegar pig's feet in addition to the standard siu mai, har gow etc. Large portions, cheap prices, tables filled with elderly men reading their Chinese papers in the morning. Go early, it gets packed around 11 or 11:30 on weekends.

Sep 09, 2013
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Moon Cakes are here !

Hmm, raised on the east coast in a Chinese American family and my father would get excited about moon cakes. The only ones I really like are the mixed nuts with duck egg yolks (double better than singles) but can only eat little slivers because they are so dense and rich. Haven't really tried many of the other flavors but I suspect I would like them - but hey, what do I know, I like fruitcake!

B. Patisserie vs. Starter Bakery Kouign amann

I'm the original poster of the kouign search after returning from Brittany and looking for kouign in SF. To that end I tried making it myself, talked Phillippe at the old Phillippe Patisserie on Townsend into making a version which was scarfed up by chowhounds once I posted the date of the day he was making this special order. Phillippe warned me that the flour and of course butter were different in Brittany and for me to not get my hopes up. All of these attempts were not terribly successful. Then Starter Bakery and Belinda Leong started making it and I was going to the various popups and cafes to try them before B Patisserie opened up. Then I was able to sample her kouign again at B Patisserie once it opened. In my opinion Belinda Leong's version is the best but Starter's is definitely very good. La Boulange's version is awful per the last chowhound thread about kouign. We never saw chocolate or fruit filled kouign while we were in Brittany like they make here in SF. So that's my opinion and we tried kouign all over Brittany and now much of SF!

Aug 19, 2013
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New Yorker visiting San Fran, I'd love some help!

B Star (like it better than it's sister Burma Star because they take reservations and you can actually get in without a wait). Also like Cafe Bunn Mi (actually more than Saigon Sandwich) because of the crispy duck and pork belly sandwiches. At B Star get their brussels sprouts - sauteed with puffed rice, parmesan, fish sauce. My favorite brussels sprouts dish in the city.

Jul 19, 2013
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Shanghai Dumpling King [SF] - Is it going downhill?

Just ate at SDK for the first time since the remodel. Dining area nearly totally unchanged except for losing a table in the front room. Apparently all of the remodelling was in the kitchen. Bathroom, back room all the same. Food is worse. The XLB had thin enough wrappers but were clumsily wrapped, in the past they had neat pleats that stood up to steaming. Now they have a mushy, lumpy top knot. Ginger in the vinegar was chopped, not finely shredded, hard to grab pieces to eat with the dumpling. My favorite braised lion's head meatballs had little spinach and a layer of oil over the gloppy brown sauce that congealed as the dish cooled. Obviously too much cornstarch. Same problem with the messily cut eggplant. Eggplant had little char so no smoky flavor. So I would have to say the quality has definitely gone down. I asked the waiter if the ownership had changed since the food was noticeably worse than before the remodel, he said no, but clearly there is a new chef in the kitchen. Too bad, SDK use to be one of my regular go-to places, probably won't be any more. Never did like their non-dumpling dishes other than the lion's head meatballs, green beans and eggplant and now two of the three are disappointing. Didn't try my other usual dumplings (hot chili, fried, etc). What a shame.

Jul 19, 2013
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Is there such a thing as a poor man's French Laundry in Napa?

If you are limited to Napa (the city) itself, this isn't exactly a tasting menu a la French Laundry but I really enjoyed Morimoto when we were last there. If you could expand to Sonoma (ie Healdsburg) we liked Farmhouse and Madrona Manor although they may be pricier than your $100/per person range. But it could be done.

Ad Hoc was okay, but informal, we had their pork chops which were very rare which was okay by me but might put others off. Its a fixed menu so you have no choices.

May 20, 2013
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Paper thin sliced lox

Stanyan St in the Haight.

Jan 18, 2013
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Paper thin sliced lox

Original poster here. Tried Whole Foods today, they had a half filet of cold smoked salmon that looked intact but actually was presliced. Fishmonger would not separate for me on to waxed paper for easier handling. I have to separate them myself and they are already tearing. Also not as thin as my imported NY ones. Guess I'll have to keep searching!

Jan 18, 2013
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Paper thin sliced lox

Daughter-in-law visiting from NYC took an extra train stop to pick up up lox from my favorite place on the Upper East side and deliver it to me here in SF. Reminded me of how good these extremely thinly sliced lox were (they brought bagels as well). Is there any place in SF that sells similar lox? I know I can buy smoked salmon at any number of places but the ability to hand slice it, then layer it on waxed paper to manage the slices without tearing I have not seen anywhere in SF).

Jan 14, 2013
cyssf in San Francisco Bay Area

driving from the bay area to monterey bay next friday - where do eat along the drive?

I agree with recommendations for Passionfish - had wonderful gigantic prawns which for people like me who like to suck the shells and head were amazing but I've always had great food there when in the Monterey area. In Half Moon Bay we like Flying Fish Tacos who just moved to larger/cleaner quarters. Occ the tortillas are dry but all in all a satisfactory stop while in HMB. Moss Beach distillery has a deck and provides afghans for snuggling in to as you watch the coast. Okay food, mostly for the view.

Sep 03, 2012
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Any place one can buy Kouign Amann in SF?

Original poster here...wanted to add to this thread that we went to Cyrus in Healdsburg since they are closing in late August and we felt we had to try it. I was astonished to see that at the end of the meal they brought over a small box with a kouign amann in it! We were suppose to take it home after we added our selection of mignardises from the cart. What an astonishing finale! Why would Cyrus with it's Asian-French inflected food give us kouign amann as a final course???? The stars must be in alignment.

Jul 27, 2012
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I want to add a couple of new places to our itinerary--can you help?

Consider Bouche on Bush on top of the Stockton tunnel. Teeny weeny restaurant and I am amazed at the food that comes out of that minuscule kitchen. I live near Shanghai Dumpling King and we have to eat there once a month and it's the food I crave after being in Europe for a while. Only get the dumplings (many different types) and Lion's Head meatballs and the donuts. The other items IMHO are not that great. It's packed unless you go very early (like 5:30 pm). I like Mario's Bohemia Cigar store for foccacia sandwiches in the North Beach area. Thanh Long for Vietnamese roasted crab and garlic noodles. Just ate at Dosa's last night and had forgotten how good the food was. I'll be going back. I like Perbacco better than Barbacco. Also Cafe Bunn Mee for their unusual Vietnamese sandwiches (pork belly, crispy duck), B Star instead of Burma Star (they take reservations and you can get in to it - unlike Burma Star.) I know you said your DH doesn't like Burmese food but I think this will change his mind. Aziza ! Nothing like this in MN. Also Nopalito for Oaxacan style food.

Jul 18, 2012
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July 13 National French Fry Day --- Your Favorites

Marlowe Fried in duck fat or at least use to be.

Jul 15, 2012
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sushi blasphemy (take-out/delivery)

Isobune is not artistic like Sushi Ran, Kabuto etc but it also doesn't cost as much. I don't go there for high end sushi. I go to Isobune for a fast, relatively inexpensive sushi. When I have a lot of time I go to the latter restaurants but pay a whole lot more. I was surprised by the expansion of Isobune's offerings when I went there last week. They were very good. She wants take out platters. I agree with Nimiya Market but Isobune is a reasonable alternative.

Jul 13, 2012
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