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Chowdown at San Wang, 3/29/2014 [Japantown, San Francisco]

Six of us shared the above 8 dishes. Service was extremely prompt and friendly and everything came piping hot with fresh ingredients all around. Though this place looks like you ordinary Chinese restaurant with no special élan, the food is worth it though parking is not easy even on a Sat afternoon.

Did not care for the Water Dumplings - rather bland in taste, not exciting at all. Loved the mussels (in some kind of bean and spicy sauce) - I could have eaten a dozen more - as well as the Shrimp w. Hot Pepper Sauce - sweet and hot w chiles and jalapeño peppers if I remember correctly.

I love Pea Sprouts and often cook them at home - these were young, sautéed in some oil and garlic just right. Noodles with plum sauce were ok but not my favorite and the San Wang seafood soup was hot with various sorts of fish.

I recommend this place.

Mar 29, 2014
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

To-go food for a flight [San Francisco]

Best Bet - Directly across Union Sq from 450 Sutter Dental Bldg is Westfield Center on Market at Powell EXACTLY where you will catch BART to SFO. You needn't leave yr luggage at dentist - roll it to Westfield Center basement level where you will find 1 and 2 below as well as BART all on the same level.

It has

1. Bristol Farms supermarket - upscale food for take-out as well as a great assemble your own food bar. You are sure to find what you want.


2. on same basement level dozens of restaurants geared to self service take-out/eat at a table. Great choices.

Get your food and BART is on same level about 100 yds to the train.

Jan 17, 2014
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Best place to buy Peking Duck in SF

I usually buy these here or there on Clement.

I have promised to bring three to the East Cost for a dinner so if anyone can recommend a best place to buy on either Clement or in Chinatown I would love to hear your recommendations.

Sep 26, 2013
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Vietnam House Chowdown Report [San Francisco]

I agree with most of the previous posts The two soups were not that exciting and I am usually a big fan of Vietnamese soups.

Highlight for me were the Bahn Khot - sort of a flour/cocnut cupcake or dumpling filled with shrimp and some vegetable.

Apr 11, 2012
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Lers Ros - New Location [Haynes Valley, San Francisco]

I just drove down Hayes Street near Franklin and saw signs for Lers Ros on the windows of a property in the process of being renovated. Any word on this?

Jul 12, 2011
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at Skool - new Japanese on Potrero Hill [San Francisco]


Have I been deleted from the SF list?

i seem to have been omitted from one of two last Chowdown invites (SKool, eg). Please do include me

Steve Posin

May 18, 2011
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown Report - Louie's California Chinese

Nine of us showed up for a Chowdown on this gray SF day at Louie’s California Chinese Restaurant. This is not your noisy, bustling Hong Kong style Dim Sum parlor with carts laden with items being paraded in front of dinners. Though large, it had a film-noir forties feel to it (Bogart and Bacall smoking cigarettes while nursing martinis at a corner table would not have seemed out of place in Louie’s faded ambiance), a land-that-time (as well as patrons) seemed to have forgotten: The nine of us comprised about just a bit less than half the diners at lunch. Since no rolling carts were there to entice us, we ordered from the menu with decidedly expert help from Yimster whose fluency in the language was an asset.

Here is what we had:

Chicken Claws in Black Bean Sauce – often not a favorite of non-Asian diners but these were eagerly eaten by all. I would have preferred them a bit crunchier

Bee’s Nest Taro Puff – those balls of taro with outsides looking like shredded wheat.

Zhou Zhou Dumplings – shredded pork and peanuts.

Pan Fried Sweet Corn Cake – these sounded exciting to me but were not especially tasty or exciting. . It just seemed like eating a polenta pancake.

Black Sesame Soft Balls – a popular Dim Sum item. Great texture and I liked the taste though I guess others did not because many went uneaten.

Seafood Lettuce Wrap – mixed seafood and vermicelli noodles –good taste and texture – that each diner wraps in large Iceberg lettuce leaves and seasons with Hoisin Sauce. I liked this a lot.

Har Gow – what’s a Dim sum meal w/o Har Gow?

Salty Pepper Squid – this was my favorite dish. Perfectly crunchy, just the right texture, and served with diced hot green peppers, tomatoes. I could have eaten a huge bowl of these.

Abalone Sauce – sadly no abalone but the sauce from abalone in a dish of pre-fried wheat noodles (Ifou?), sliced green onions and mushrooms. Seemed a crowd pleaser.

Tea-Smoked Duck – we order this at Yimster’s suggestion who said it was the best in the city. A large platter of smoky dark duck slices which we placed on little white flour circular flat rolls to make a sandwich and garnished with sliced green onions and Hoisin Sauce. This was my 2nd favorite dish of all

Price per person incl tip for 9 of us was $20/person.

Louie's California Chinese
646 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111-2106

Apr 18, 2011
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at Skool - new Japanese on Potrero Hill [San Francisco]

After viewing the pics, I could kick myself for not having decided to attend.

Might someone mention the price per person? Cost should be one of the things mentioned in the posts I should think. it does matter.

Jul 24, 2010
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

American guy visiting Paris March 3-15 looking for lunch/dinner partners

I will be visiting Paris during the above dates and know the city pretty well well but am loiokign for others - toursits or locals - who might want to share a l/dinner a moderate ly priced restaurant. .

i am staying in the Marais at MEtro St. Paul but can travel.

I KNOW Chowhound does not like this kind of post on the Board so if you wish to respond my email is

Feb 26, 2010
SPO in France

Lunch in Hampstead and other questions [London]

Thank you. i am coming from San Francisco and guess I forgot it will still be chilly there. in March. It is spring here already! I know the Heath and will for sure take a walk there.

Feb 14, 2010
SPO in U.K./Ireland

Paris - Marais/Bastille Bistros and Restaurants

I will be visiting mid-MArch and would like to find some moderately priced bistros in the area (staying at Metro St. Paul). Any cuisine ok. Suggestions?

Also would like to find some take out groceries in the area.

ALSo I am staying a week . what is the best deal for RATP discount pass PARIS VISITE, NAV IGO, MOBILIS, or CARNETS?

Feb 13, 2010
SPO in France

Lunch in Hampstead and other questions [London]

I am visitng London in March and would like to know:

1. some lunch places - outdoors if theweather is nice - in Hampstead.

2. which is the more desirable market to visit - Borough or Spitalfields?

3. I will be staying nr MArble Arch. is there a Waitrose nearby?

Feb 11, 2010
SPO in U.K./Ireland


Can't explain it exactly but it tasted just like a cough medicine I had as a kid.
Just not a drink of choice for me.

Jan 19, 2010
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area


Thank you Maria for so excellently itemizing our many dishes. This was an interesting venture into for me an unexperienced area of Japanese food – small plates meant to be eaten after many drinks or pubbing. They have a special late night 11-2 menu also.

The chicken hearts , gizzard, skin livers were my least favorite items though others seemed to relish them. The pork belly was excellent as were the beef hearts The butternut squash tempura roll was a surprise – so much more exciting in taste than it sounds and the various picked vegetables served after the main dishes were colorful and tasty.

Both desserts were stellar. I had forgotten how much I like sake and must state that I am not a fan of Sochu – a malty tasting brew that I am afraid tasted like cough syrup to my admittedly unsophisticated palate.

The service was caring and attentive. Much fun all around.

Jan 19, 2010
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

latkes to reheat at home?

Why do you need to buy and reheat them? Making your own at home takes about 10 min prep and 5 min cooking time - and they will be hot and fresh for serving.

Dec 13, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Kombucha - where can I get a starter culture?

I am in SF but can travel.

Have not yet checked CL. under what category should I search?

Oct 19, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Kombucha - where can I get a starter culture?

Tired of buying the $3 bottles.

Can anyone direct me to a palce to buy a starter or sell/give me one if you have extra?

Oct 18, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy salt cod in SF?

Yes Lucca on Valencia has it $12/lb.

Oct 11, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area


Can anyone tell me where in SF I can get a Kombucha starter culture?

Oct 06, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Sea Salt vs Kosher Salt

Are the two interchangeable? I exclusively use coarse sea salt.

Are there recipes that specifically call one or the other?

Jun 20, 2009
SPO in Home Cooking

Best place to buy fresh pasta (cook at home)

Lucca's Deli -one on Valencia/22 and one on Chestnut in the Marina - has all sizes of fresh pasta and much cheaper than elsewhere.

Apr 08, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to eat near Herbst Theatre under $20pp?

And right nearby and reliable are Calif Pizza Kitchen and Max's Opera Plaza

Feb 17, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Nopalito has opened

I passed it last nght and it was full with diners waiting outside for seats. Elegant and beautifully y designed and it appears to be "upscale" Mexican food.

Anyone eaten there yet?

Feb 05, 2009
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Cleaning Copper Pots

I have about a dozen top quality copper pots that are stained from many years' use. I am armed with Bar Keepers Friend, scouring pads and elbow grease.

Any tips on efficient cleaning methods? soak first? use vinegar?

Dec 26, 2008
SPO in Cookware

Lunch at the Academy of Science Cafe--4 ques.

The food at the Cafe on the 1st floor is good and fairly priced - Asian fusion things and other stuff.s It is run by Charles Phan of the Slanted Door. Self service and you can eat outside if you like. The Moss Room is decidedly more formal and expensive.

You can ALSO just walk across to the DeYoung which has a great cafeteria open to the public w/o museum admission.

Dec 11, 2008
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Deal: 2005 Jackson Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, $3.99

I think I probably bought the last bottles of these two finds:

Domaine Saint Laurent "La Tamardiere" 2004 Cotes Du Rhone Village @ $5.99
Chateau de Marmorieres "Les Amandiers" 2003 La Clape Coteaux Du Languedoc @ $4.99

I stop by this store at least once a week and always get some good wines at great prices.

Also Italian name brand Arborio Rice $1.79 for a 2 lb box. Often good crackers, pastas and other food specialties in the small refrigerator. .

Dec 01, 2008
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at Yellow Pa Taut - Burmese in SOMA - Report

Firom Steve Posin

Not being too familiar w/Burmese food, this was a new and exciting experience for me. Dave MP took the lead in ordering the many dishes, somehow a Burmese food maven of sorts, deferring to special requests graciously.

Samosas were tasty and crisp. Opu, a kind of squash, ok. I LOVED the fried large shrimps in mung-bean and sauce - tasty and crunchy. The tea -leaf salad (Dave - you listed it as " tea lead " salad - was a new taste to me. I swear I could not taste tea leaves (or lead mercifully) but whatever amalalgam of spices and tastes were included were dellightful. I liked the curry dishes but the "sour leaves" (guesses were sorrel or taro leaves) were not to my taste at all. A dessert of semolina cakes which SOUNDED dull were surprisingly sweet and cleansing.

I loved the variety and many new tastes but not being one to be able to discern individual ingredients depended entirely upon others who seemed to have uncanny skills in delineating what was in each dish.

This place is on a side street just across from the main entrance to the Hall of Justice so next time you get called for Jury Duty or are visiting a friend in jaill you know where to have lunch.

A word of architectural note: the building next store, , Helena's Bail Bonds, has a street -level entrance that was a cross between a down-and-out British B+B, a seedy funeral home and a massage parlor. I half expected Diane Arbus to resurrect herself to photograph this oddity.

Nov 17, 2008
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Saw them today at the SF Civic Center Farmers Market $2.00/lb.

Nov 12, 2008
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

100 top items to eat in bay area!

Nolt restaurant items but two of my favorites:

1. Bread from Tartine Bakery (Guerrero/18th)- sold only at 5pm Wed-Sun.

2. Truffles from XOX Truffles - Columbus Avenue

3. Mitchell's Ice Cream - exotic tropical flavors

Oct 27, 2008
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area

Pre-packaged espresso coffee?

Where do I find the pre-packaged coffee pellets to use in an espresso machine?

The regualrl palces I buy coffee (Peets, eg.) don't seem to have these. I use espresso ground coffee but might like to try the pellets

I know Illy is one brand but where do I find them - North Beach?

Sep 18, 2008
SPO in San Francisco Bay Area