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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!

Aug 20, 2013
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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
cyssf in San Francisco Bay Area

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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sushi blasphemy (take-out/delivery)

Isobune is where I go for fast inexpensive sushi. It has little boats that the chefs keep filled, plus you can order via the waitresses. The turnover is good so the fish is fresh. Won't be the prettiest but it will be fine for your purposes. They've expanded their offerings which use to be pretty basic. I would suggest spending some time walking around Japan Town checking out the windows and take out displays at the many restaurants plus checking out Nijiya as another poster suggested. My other go to places are Mifune for soba noodles and Maki for full dinners.

Jul 12, 2012
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Family Trip to San Fran...need recs

Mario's Bohemian Cigar store in North Beach is my favorite foccacia bread sandwich place (meatball, eggplant being my two favorites). Very small for 8 people but you could order then eat in the park across the street. In Sausalito we like the Anchorage - off the beaten track but with excellent huevo montanas and crab everything (benedict, enchiladas) when in season. Skip McCormicks and Kuleto and go to Thanh Long for Vietnamese roasted crab. You'll have to take two cabs with 8 people (out in the outer Sunset at Judah and 46th) but it is the only restaurant where you will find everyone eating the same two dishes (Vietnamese roasted crab and garlic noodles). Crustacean (their sister restaurant) on Polk would be closer to the Financial district but I don't like it as much for some reason. Those two dishes are the basis of the An family's restaurant empire!

Jul 12, 2012
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4 Hour Layover in San Fran

If you cab to Burlingame you could eat at Mingalaba - a Burmese place that we really like a lot - their pumpkin curry and parathas are excellent.

Jul 12, 2012
cyssf in San Francisco Bay Area

sushi blasphemy (take-out/delivery)

Lower Pacific Heights? Then you are near Japan Town with many choices including Isobune, etc...

Jul 12, 2012
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Where to buy bulk rendered duck or pork fat?

Fatted Calf on Hayes St as well as the Ferry Building Farmer's market sells both rendered duck fat and leaf lard (excellent for pastries).

Jul 12, 2012
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Festive French Dinner for Bastille Day, Sat. 7/14

Too bad about Chapeau. One of our favorites. They always send out something extra like another dessert and I love being greeted so warmly by Ellen and Philippe. They even let me observe in the kitchen one afternoon which inspired me to try to make stock again. Fascinating to watch how they made the praline for the cake they were making. Their food is always consistently excellent.

Jul 10, 2012
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Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

That's it! Driving in Oregon now (actually passenger and not driving so not texting while driving).

Jun 18, 2012
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Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Eat breakfast at the Farmers market. Hayes Street grill has Hobb's bacon, tomato and scrambled eggs on Acme baguette but I've switched to chilequillas at the Mexican stand around the corner whose name escapes me right now.

Jun 18, 2012
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Seeking Supper Recommendations Near Balboa & Park Presidio, Richmond Area

I second Han Il Kwan, Katia's. I prefer B Star (love their Brussels sprouts) over Burma Star because not so crowded and they take reservations. Like Cafe Bunn Mee in Clement for pork belly and crispy duck Vietnamese sandwiches and their crab noodle soup. Taiwan on Clement for their Chinese donuts, noodles with peanut sauce, and Taiwanese dumplings. Could take the Geary bus to Japantown for soba or udon at Mifune's, Dosa for Indian dosas on Fillmore.

Jun 10, 2012
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Whats the best sandwich/picnic food you can get for a a day at Golden Gate Park? [San Francisco]

You could go to Kim Son on 3614 Balboa St (between 37th Ave & 38th Ave) and order spring rolls to go. There are several take out dim sum places on Clement but I love the sandwiches at Cafe Bunn Mi. There is also Hard Knox Cafe on 24th and Clement for takeout ribs/fried chicken and other southern food. Or Korean BBQ short ribs from any of the Korean shops around Geary between 10th and 11th Ave - they have the meat marinated and you just need to grill them. Plus they have other Korean dishes ready to go.

Jun 01, 2012
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