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Easy Fish Tacos

Made this the other night using some cod. It was a little bit hard to tell when the fish was cooked, especially since my pieces weren't all the same thickness. The result was that when I put it on the plate, most pieces sort of fell apart. I guess this is okay because I needed it in smaller pieces anyway for the tacos.

Instead of cabbage salad, I used thinly sliced fennel tossed with grapefruit, orange, olive oil, salt and pepper. Also put on some sour cream, salsa and avocado, and the tacos were delicious.

1 day ago
Dave MP in Recipes

Black Cuisine Festival

I think I did go to this two years ago. I arrived sort of late, and if I recall correctly, it was raining (or had rained?) But I do remember getting to eat some good food, though I can't remember specifics. Hopefully someone can go this year and report back!

Dave MP

Maneelap Srimongkoun Restaurant -- New Lao Food Option in the Excelsior [San Francisco]

Went here today, my second visit.

Rice ball salad was very good, and had plenty of crispy bits. I did ask for it to be crispy, though not sure if this matters. I avoided the dried chilies, and the salad was otherwise not at all spicy. Served w/ lettuce and lots of mint.

Coconut chicken noodle soup had round rice noodles, bits of chicken, cabbage, bean sprouts, lemongrass and other spices in a mildly spicy coconut broth. The temperature of the soup was warm, but not hot, like others have mentioned, but I thought it was really good.

I noticed that they have boat noodles on the Thai portion of the menu. Anyone tried these?

Is Philz Coffee That Good?

I like Philz just fine, but I don't think it's *that* good.

Traditional Korean in SF?

Yeah, hyperbowler is right. I think the prices may be even higher now.
I was there last year and I think two of us paid about $40, before tip and with no alcohol, for our meal.

Dave MP

Traditional Korean in SF?

I did post about bibimbar, although not about the bibimbap, which is what I ordered there on subsequent visits: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/862036

Traditional Korean in SF?

Some places I like for non-BBQ Korean include:

Shin Toe Bul Yi on Taraval - Pretty good Korean fried chicken, solid bi bim bap and tofu stews.

Toyose in the Outer Sunset - They are also known for their fried chicken, but the best thing I've had there is a big meat stew (costs about $30, if I recall correctly, but is enough food for 5 people). They also have good kimchi fried rice. It gets really crowded.

Manna in the Inner Sunset - This is my local Korean restaurant, and it also gets very busy. Nothing super special here, but they have nice versions of dumpling soup, tteokboki, and bi bim bap.

When I worked downtown, I occasionally went to BiBimBar in the int'l food court on Bush St. and really enjoyed it. I think I posted about that somewhere, too.

As far as Korean in SF, those are the favorites of mine that come to mind for non-BBQ. I went to My Tofu House once a few months ago and wasn't impressed at all— expensive and not any better than the places I've listed here. I liked the place next door to My Tofu House a bit better on my one visit there, especially the cold noodles. If you want to venture over to Oakland, there are a lot of good places to try there too, both for BBQ and non-BBQ.

I do not know of any other Korean places in the Mission.

I think that every place I have listed here has been discussed on Chowhound before, so you can read about other folks' opinions. Hope this helps, and I hope you report back!

Best Cambodian restaurants in the east bay?

There aren't a ton to choose from. As far as I know, the main options for Cambodian are:

Battambang -- I like it, especially for the dessert: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9141...

Phnom Penh House, which has two locations. I liked their pork ribs and other meat dishes. I have only been to the Laurel location I think...

Apparently there's a place called Angkor Grill in Alameda but I have never been.

If your friend is interested in Lao food, there are other options.

Mushroom-Stuffed Chicken with White Wine Sauce

Made this tonight and had success with it. I followed the recipe almost exactly, except for the final sauce I used sherry and chicken broth instead of wine. I also had to use dried spices, which wasn't as great, but still fine. I used herbs de provence as a sub for the thyme/sage.

I didn't have toothpicks so I sort of folded the chicken over the filling, like an omelette. I was still able to flip it just right. Final product maybe wasn't as pretty, but it still tasted good.

I served it with quinoa and salad.

Feb 25, 2015
Dave MP in Recipes

Basil Canteen [San Francisco]

I wish I had known that that was the target! :) If I end up there again I will try it!

New Woey Loy Goey Restaurant -- amazing lobster with Cantonese (black bean / ginger) sauce [San Francisco]

That sounds really good. Do you know if they are open this week?

Crab cakes SFBA Dish of the Month Feb 2015

I had brunch at M Cafe in West Berkeley yesterday. I had a combo plate of banana pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon. Everything was good, but nothing too special. Nice big, open room, coffee was good, service friendly. I'd go back, but probably wouldn't make a destination of it.

The reason I write about it here is that one of my dining companions had the crab cakes benedict, which is available every day. I only had one bite of it, but I thought it was pretty good. The crab cake had a lot of filler, but was plump and moist, and the hollandaise sauce was pretty good too. I don't know if there are other crab cake dishes on the menu. But if you like crab cakes benedict, I think this is worth a try.

Unfortunately I didn't get to snap a picture.

Dave MP

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

Went to the 85 Degrees in W. San Jose yesterday. My first visit. It was very busy. It's located in a new plaza, next to two other food places (well, one is not open yet): Sno-Crave Shave Ice and Hotpot, and a place that hasn't opened yet called Wing Box, which appears to specialize in many flavors of wings.

I like 85 Degrees when I've had it in LA, so it was fun experiencing it closer to home. It's pretty consistent. I just get whatever is hot (yesterday, it was a tuna pastry), and get passionfruit green tea to drink! The grapefruit green tea is good too. Friend had the sea salt coffee, which ends up just tasting like coffee ice cream (quite sweet).

Favorite grocery stores in SF?

This thread has now mentioned almost every place that I shop for groceries. But a few other things to mention:

1) Whole Foods on Ocean Ave. might be relatively close to you depending on where in the Sunset you live.

2) There's a small-ish Asian market about a block away from Sunset Super on Irving, but I forget what it is called. I think it's somewhat newly remodeled, but they have nice looking Asian produce (seems to be better than what they have at Sunset Super). It might be S&B Supermarket? Does anyone else know the place I am talking about?

3) There's a good Korean market in Daly City, Kukje Market. Great for kimchi and panchan that are already prepared, and for other Korean ingredients. OK for produce, but not amazing.

4) Finally, 99 Ranch in Daly City is a pretty quick drive from the Outer Sunset. Maybe a bit more variety than the Asian markets mentioned here already in SF, and generally easier parking and wider aisles make it a less hectic experience, at least on weekdays.

Treats from Ecuador?

Wow, cool! I'm glad to hear this place still exists, 9 years later!

Feb 14, 2015
Dave MP in General Topics

Mission Impossible ? Good Japanese in the Mission District . [San Francisco]

Not right in the Mission, but within walking distance, is Eiji (Sanchez and 16th). They have the homemade tofu dish which is really comforting, but otherwise I didn't think their food was all that special. They have both sushi and non-sushi items

Basil Canteen [San Francisco]

Bumping this old discussion, because I ate here for the first time last night. Overall, not a bad meal. Probably not destination-worthy for me, but good if you want something in the neighborhood.

The appetizers were $5 each before 7 PM (along w/ $3 Singha Beers), so we tried vegetarian fried spring rolls (hot and crispy but otherwise nothing special), and tapioca dumplings with pork and nuts, which were tasty but quite sweet. Think char siu filling, but crunchier, inside a tapioca wrapper.

Papaya salad was only OK for me. It also was a bit too sweet for my taste, but also had the umami from dried shrimp and some good heat to it. Meanwhile, the pumpkin and shrimp curry was totally mild, and also sweet, but this time in a good way and I think mainly from the addition of pineapple. Finally, Drunken Beef was a stir fry of steak, string beans, mini eggplants, and peppers, and while it was not mind-blowing, it had a good balance of flavors and hit the spot.

Dave MP

Zagat's 10 Must-Try Chinese Restaurant [San Francisco]

I think dry? But now I'm not sure. Am I correct that the "dry" version isn't actually that dry? It's still relatively sauced and sticky....but not wet in the way that, say, buffalo wings can be wet.

Grocery Cafe- Burmese food! [Oakland]

I was there tonight too. I think I saw you, tjinsf.

Tea leaf salad was good and a nice, big portion. We asked for some fish sauce to add to it because it lacked salt and umami. I thought it helped a lot. It did contain little dried shrimps, but they didn't add much flavor. Otherwise really good.

Mohinga didn't do it for me, unfortunately. The broth tasted a bit bouillon-like and there was only a tiny bit of crispy lentil on top. Didn't have much flavor from the fish, and the soup was on the thinner side. I know there are many versions of this soup, and some folks might make it thicker or thinner, but in my opinion, this was not nearly as good as the mohinga at Mandalay or Burmese Kitchen in SF, which are the two that I've had most recently.

We had a noodle dish, #8 on the new printed menu, which I thought was going to be the same as the one I had had before, but it tasted different to me. For one thing, it was much colder temperature, and it seemed like there was less curry flavor and less chicken, and instead more of a tamarind flavor. I may have just confused things and it could have been a totally different dish? I like the one I reported on from my previous lunch better.

Pork curry with pickled mango was very nice. Tender pieces of pork and some chunks of the pickled mango, in a mildly spicy curry sauce, served with rice. This, to me, rivaled any Burmese curry I've had in the Bay Area.

I also heard about the upcoming lamb special, and if the pork dish is any indication, I bet it will be good.

The space is looking nicer than it did 2 weeks ago, service was friendly, lots of refills on tea. Tonight I felt the food was just "very good" and not "fantastic", but I'm obviously still excited to see this place and am looking forward to returning. And of course, $7 for each dish is a great bargain.

Zagat's 10 Must-Try Chinese Restaurant [San Francisco]

Where are the wontons in the first picture from?

Zagat's 10 Must-Try Chinese Restaurant [San Francisco]

I really like the wings at San Tung, particularly when I eat them when they are nice and hot. I always get them to-go though, since dealing with that restaurant line is too frustrating for me given that a lot of the other stuff there is hit or miss.

I agree with everything else Ruth says though. And I was happy to see House of Pancakes on that list! Speaking of chicken wings, I tried them at House of Pancakes the other day — salt and pepper fried. My dining companion liked them, but for me they were nothing special. Stick to pancakes, dumplings and noodles.

Khao Soi , Northern Thai in SF ?

This question reminds me that I had takeout Khao Soi from the Castro location of Thai House Express a few weeks ago. There wasn't enough of the pickled vegetable with it, but otherwise it was really good.

My current favorite spot for Khao Soi is Amphawa Thai Noodle on Geary, which I mention in the thread that Melanie referenced.

Mission Chinese 2015 [San Francisco]

This doesn't really tell you much, but two weeks ago I had some leftover mapo tofu that was brought back to my house. I thought it was really good—nice spiciness level, tender pieces of tofu that didn't fall apart too easily. I enjoyed it both cold straight from the fridge, and heated in the microwave.

There are many things I don't like about Mission Chinese (see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829296 ) but I would definitely eat their leftover mapo tofu again!

Quick Lunch Trip to Tijuana - Report and Photos

Have a great time. I was talking to someone recently about those shrimp tacos! I hope you get to try them.

Feb 09, 2015
Dave MP in Mexico

Question about wontons for Chinese Hot Pot

Thanks everyone. I ended up defrosting the wontons by leaving them out at room temperature for about 2 hours before we ate them, and then we just cooked them directly in the hot pot. This worked pretty well, and we could tell when they were done when the skin changed color from yellowish to more translucent.

Feb 02, 2015
Dave MP in Home Cooking

Question about wontons for Chinese Hot Pot

What are gansui wonton wrappers?

Jan 31, 2015
Dave MP in Home Cooking

Question about wontons for Chinese Hot Pot

I have some homemade frozen pork wontons in my freezer from about a month ago. They're completely uncooked, so the meat is raw inside, and they are completely frozen.

I'd like to bring them to a friend's hot pot dinner, since she is excited about trying them, but I'm trying to figure out whether I should cook the wontons first (either partially or fully) before putting them into the hot pot. Anyone have experience with this? I guess I'm more used to simply using pre-cooked dumplings or meatballs and/or very thinly sliced meat.

Thanks in advance!
Dave MP

Jan 31, 2015
Dave MP in Home Cooking

Grocery Cafe- Burmese food! [Oakland]

Tried it today for lunch. Very friendly service and a nice sunny space with several tables. I had the dry curry noodle dish, which came with hard boiled egg, chicken curry, cabbage, onions, and lots of crispy shallot and crispy fried lentils. It was mildly spicy, and on the side they brought out some chili sauce to add more spice. Very large portion for $7, and nice flavors. Reminded me of the version of this dish at Yamo in San Francisco, only much better. The noodles and curry were hot, but everything else was room temperature, so the dish came out warm-ish.

Also tried some complimentary Burmese tea and a coconut tapioca dessert. In the cooler case, they have lots of stuff for sale, including two different types of pickled tea leaves (chopped up and whole) and dried shrimp/chili condiment (also a fish version). I will definitely be back to try more items!

Meal at The Progress - San Francisco

Had a nice meal at The Progress last night. We had an early reservation, and I was impressed by the service (casual but very professional), the pacing of the meal (not too fast, not too slow), and the space, which I thought looked great.

Lemon Curd

I've made this recipe twice recently. The first time, I used some small lemons that I got in Ojai, CA. They actually had more of a lime flavor, but the curd came out tasting amazing. We followed the recipe exactly.

Yesterday, I managed to get my hands on some passion fruits grown by a friend of a friend in San Jose. We made this recipe using passion fruit instead of lemon. I basically followed the recipe exactly, but used passion fruit juice instead of lemon juice (we used a fine mesh strainer to juice the passion fruit), and we didn't use any zest. I found it useful to use an instant thermometer to know when the curd was ready to take off the heat. It was ready at 160 degrees. Final results were amazing. So definitely worth a try if you can get fresh passion fruit! It took about 6 to get 2/3 cup of juice (I doubled this recipe)

Jan 25, 2015
Dave MP in Recipes