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taqueria margoth - a hidden gem of ingleside.

they're still opened. i was just there yesterday. their business just isn't doing so well. so they often close early or open later. remember, just stick with the pupusas.

Apr 13, 2008
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Flushing Chinese vs San Francisco area

chandavkl is right.

one thing you should understand about flushing chinese and SF chinese is that the two have completely different types of chinese. within recent years, flushing chinese has somewhat become a hub for mainland chinese settlers, which explains the provincial-specific types of dishes and restaurants you've listed like little pepper (sichuan), lamb noodle (henan), chengdu heaven (sichuan), J&L mall (tien jian, fuzhou, shandong, lanzhou, etc), etc. there are still a good number of taiwanese from the influx during the 90s, but now it's mostly mainland/northern chinese. as for SF chinese, it's been the ultimate destination for cantonese chinese cuisine for years. as for what most people have listed on here... in terms of northern chinese, sichuan, or even burmese...they're pretty good. but just not as great as what's offered in flushing. burma superstar is worth a shot, since they prepare everything with local california ingredients. but don't expect it to blow away burmese cafe in jackson heights, which in my opinion do much better renditions of tea leaf salads, noodle/nut soups, and curries than burma superstar. if you ask me, just stick with cantonese chinese (which flushing/nyc lacks tremendously).

by the way, i heard about what had happened to J&L mall. rest in peace...

Apr 13, 2008
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!

really interesting take on Yi-Mei. i'll definitely keep that in mind when i pass by there. the versions i've had in taipei were definitely not served cold. but i suppose the wait staff can heat it up for me if i requested. thanks very much for your insight. much appreciated.

Jan 23, 2008
inmandarin in Los Angeles Area

刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!

thanks so much for clarifying that. i may stop into Won Won just to see what it's all about. but i'll definitely check out ding's and/or lu's garden for the star.. i'll definitely report back and let you know what i think.

Jan 23, 2008
inmandarin in Los Angeles Area

刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!

ahhhh yclops, much appreciated! monterey park and alhambra, CHECK.

Jan 22, 2008
inmandarin in Los Angeles Area

刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!

thanks so much for the address koshie. really

Jan 22, 2008
inmandarin in Los Angeles Area

刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!

hey thanks so much for your help! I'll definitely be on the hunt and report back. much appreciated.

have you (or anybody) tried it at QQ or Won Won Kitchen in Temple City?

Jan 22, 2008
inmandarin in Los Angeles Area

刮包 Gua Bao (taiwanese burger): HELP!

does anybody know where i can find a really good version of 刮包 (gua bao) anywhere??

刮包 (gua bao) - aka "taiwanese burger." it's a taiwanese street snack that consists of stew pork (both fatty & lean), pickled cabbage, cilantro, and peanut/sugar powder in a fresh steamed bun.

i assume most (if any) taiwanese places that'd serve this would be in SGV/Temple City/etc. I'm just not sure where.

any help will be greatly appreciated!

Jan 18, 2008
inmandarin in Los Angeles Area

East Bay Help Needed!

thanks for the insight ML8000 and Melanie Wong. yeah, having not such a good feeling about the one on clement street, it was sort of my immediate reaction to brush off the other in berkeley.

Dec 14, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay Help Needed!

There are far larger italian communities in NY than here, so i'm not sure if italian food is really something you'd like to have while you're out here. i'd go with something more unique and different like Lagosia. but that might not fit your non-funky preference.

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Lagosia
1725 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

Dec 07, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay Help Needed!

are you sure about that?
is this a branch of Taiwan Restaurant in the richmond?
i made the mistake of going to Taiwan Restaurant on clement street in the richmond and it was beyond horrible. i can tell by the accent that some of the staff members were indeed taiwanese, but there was nothing authentic about their food whatsoever.

Dec 07, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

French Macaroon Search

any chance i can find a really great cannoli at the Italian bakeries in North Beach? the kind that are freshly-filled on the spot, instead of the harden-frozen kind you'd find sitting around in a display case or frig.

Nov 30, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Pork in S.F.

i firmly believe that the carnitas at taqueria san jose are probably some of the best in the city. shredded and ultra crispy textures with a very satisfying flavor. not to be missed.

Nov 29, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner in the Mission District?

thanks Mari! much appreciated!

Nov 21, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner in the Mission District?

range seems pretty pricey. what are some highlight dishes to get there?

thanks

Nov 20, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Taiwanese and Thai beef stew noodles in the East Bay?

i've tried spices 1 in the richmond and wasn't impressed at all. i had chou doufu (stinky tofu), niuro bing (beef in an onion pancake of sorts), and doumiao cing cai (just a side of light greens), and it didn't really do much for me. it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. just okay. i noticed that a lot of the dishes on the menu were an assortment of mainland chinese food (which is fine for a taiwanese restaurant). but that didn't appeal to me at all. perhaps i'm being a stickler, but i'd give spices 1 a thumbs down. i've yet to try spices 2 and 3.

thanks for the insight.

Nov 16, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Taiwanese and Thai beef stew noodles in the East Bay?

hey, yes that was me! :)

i've been meaning to do write up a response thread for that trip, but i never got around to it. it's long overdue. thanks for the reminder though.

very interesting thread on 168! i'll certainly make my way out there and let you know how it is. thanks again!

Nov 16, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Taiwanese and Thai beef stew noodles in the East Bay?

i'll certainly check it out when i'm in the area. i'm intrigued by the mention of "snacks" in your previous thread; as the taiwanese are best categorized for their street snacks (xiao3 ci1). even at dinner, you'd find a display of multiple small dishes.

thanks for the tip!

Nov 16, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Can I be a foodie, and still like Sweet and Sour Pork?

melanie,

how big are the portions at lucky river? particularly the zhejiang sweet sour spare ribs? are they sort of a general northern chinese restaurant? thanks!

Nov 16, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

taqueria margoth - a hidden gem of ingleside.

you're right. i have seen the grand opening sign as well. and everytime i've passed by it, it's always closed. very unreliable hours. darn!

Nov 07, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

taqueria margoth - a hidden gem of ingleside.

having lived here for a little under a month, i was given the impression by all folks that ingleside was a deadend town for food. not true.

taqueria margoth; it's a humble family-owned salvadorean joint specializing in pupusas, sopas, and breakfast items, with a storefront so minimal and a bland sign reading just "taqueria" ...which can easily be missed if given a single take. an absolute (hidden) gem indeed.

their pupusas are single-handedly the best i've had in the city, by far. i always order their chicharron; mighty fried pork shreds/bits were heavy and bursting with flavor....although the outter flour dough caught my attention the most. they were noticeably thinner and more crispy in texture than your average thick maize of a pupusa you'd find in-or-off of the mission area (which i found to be more enjoyable...and provided a more balanced taste between the flour and innerds as oppose to most i've had which were kind of just "doughy"). not sure if that particular style of pupusa is authentic to the culture, but nevertheless....they're very delicious and underrated (and cheap). although, they don't make pupusa de arroz like Los Planes de Renderos.

the masa quality on their tamal pollo at $1.75 blows away most tamal joints i've had (all star, roosevelt tamal parlor, la palma, the elote factory just a block west of la palma which name escapes me at this moment, etc.); steamy hot, ultra-grainy, soft bit textures. by any means, i'm no tamal expert. but i've tasted quite a few in my life, and IMHO, the quality of masa in any tamal can really make or break it, regardless of what's provided inside (chicken, pork, corn, pineapple, etc.). i've yet to find/try the tamale lady but i'm no longer as driven to find her as before. speak of tamales, in early september, i stumbled across a tamal-pushcart-duo (mother & son) along mission street (somewhere between 16th and 18th) on a saturday afternoon where i had an excellent tamal pollo; high quality masa with grainy bits (just like margoth's version). i haven't been able to track them since. if anybody knows their whereabouts, that'd be greatly appreciated! the mother spoke zero english, while the son was dressed/expressed rather hip hop-like.

Taqueria Margoth
300 Plymouth Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 333-4622

Nov 01, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

San Jose area best Indian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese

is there "gua bao" at these taiwanese joints? it's a quintessential taiwanese street snack made of lean/fatty pork chunks in a steamed bun with cilantro, suan cai (sour cabbage), and sprinkles of peanut flour. i've been craving gua bao from Lan Jia in gonguan of taipei for years.... if there is gua bao in milpitas, i just might rent a zipcar and drive over to milpitas just to get my taiwanese crave!

Oct 31, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Taiwanese and Thai beef stew noodles in the East Bay?

are you taiwanese?

i am, and i've been very disappointed with what's offered in the city since i moved here. i've yet to venture out of the city for taiwanese. but if you or anybody can direct me to some of the best of SF/bay area...that would be greatly appreciated! please help!

Oct 31, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Best of Ingleside? (current status)

Hi SF board! I am a NYC chowhound moving to SF (Ingleside). Are there any worthy places to eat in Ingleside (or Oceanview)? any unique specialties (chinese, mexican, mediterrean, etc.)?

Los Planes de Renderos (persia at mission) in Oceanview sounds promising and worth checking out. anything else?

Thanks in advance. I'm looking forward to getting better acquainted with everybody on this board.

Oct 04, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Dungeness Crab in October

thanks a lot for the insight. so what's the exact in-season timespan of dungeness crabs in SF? if it closes in June, then when does it begin?

oh wait, did Sushi Monster (below) just answer my question? hmm

Oct 04, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

In SF for a Week, Is there Any Reason to Eat in Oakland?

what taiwanese joints are there in fremont/south bay?

and would you consider richmond (pacific east mall) to have some of the more authentic taiwanese food in all of the bay area?

Sep 28, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

best Tamal Dulce (sweet tamale) in SF-bay area

thanks so much for the info!!! very good to know!

Sep 10, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

best Tamal Dulce (sweet tamale) in SF-bay area

aww man, that's quite alright. thanks for the insight on La Borniquena.

unfortunately, i missed out on "all-of-the-above-mentioned" tamale joints. but that's not to say that i didn't try hehe. obviously, the richmond tamale lady idea fell through due to the BART incident. i tried searching for the mission tamale lady (corner of duboce and valencia; zeigeist storefront....from what i was told, she's around 6pm-2am?) on sunday night around 7pm and she was nowhere to be found. does anybody know the situation with her?

later that night, i made my way down to Taqueria San Jose and ordered their pork tamale (as well as their excellent taco chorizo and carnitas). the masa in their tamale was very unremarkable and rubbery in texture, but their pork was quite solid. perhaps it may have been better to order them early in the morning or that day. but the most impressive and notable tamale i had during my trip to SF was probably from a "mother and son" operation...selling tamales and corn/elote out of coolers on the sidewalk.... located on mission st (somewhere between 17th St and 20th St) at around 2pm. my special ladyfriend commented on their masa as being "smooth" and indeed it was! there was a (lack for a better word) stubbly, like-bits texture to their masa that was like a taste explotion. tamal pollo was what we got. the mother spoke zero english, while the son did most of the business transaction. not exactly the most friendliest kid....... but his mother sure does make excellent tamales! has anybody ever been to this?

Sep 10, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

best Tamal Dulce (sweet tamale) in SF-bay area

that's good to know! thanks! i'm in SF right now (trying to visit the richmond tamale lady on an early saturday morning) and i was literally waiting for the richmond BART train to come in at the powell station for a half hour or more and it never came! is this common for the richmond train? tomorrow is my last chance to visit her, i hope i wont have this problem again.... (bummed out at the mac store)

Sep 08, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area

best Tamal Dulce (sweet tamale) in SF-bay area

thanks for the insight on La Palma! do they offer tamales throughout the day, or do they only sell them in the mornings? obviously i would prefer to have them at their freshest (mornings), but i've been on a tamal kick lately...plus, i'll be in SF for a limited number of days...so i'll take whatever/whenever i can get them.

Sep 03, 2007
inmandarin in San Francisco Bay Area