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Crystal Jade [San Francisco]

Still no sign of life!!! Any scoop?

Jun 02, 2014
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Penrose in Oakland

Going to their opening party Nov 18th......:)

Nov 14, 2013
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Jai Yun conundrum

Very interesting discussion here on Jai Yun. I counted the number of times I have been to Jai Yun, over 30 trips later, I still find pleasent surprises here and there. Enough to prompt me to peek my head there once in a while and when I have the means. Take for example, Chef Ni's paper-thin "Orange Beef" looks like it is coded with powered sugar and dried-tossed in a gentle vinegary sauce, how cool is that? Simple concepts with A+ results. When I eat this dish, I tend to close my eyes and savor it. When a dish is not working out, I can tell. I tend to be able follow Chef Ni's mood swings. He is a very perceptive chef. Will never forget the time he spent 7 hours steaming squab in a porcelain terrine. Defnitely a gem place to go. I have faith in Chef Ni!

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Jai Yun
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

May 24, 2011
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for XLB (Xiao Long Bao) cooking lessons / workshops

I am inspired. Will report back when say end of June (give myself a dateline). Then we can compare notes.

May 24, 2011
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for XLB (Xiao Long Bao) cooking lessons / workshops

Thanks Wolfe. Went to Shanghai's NanXiang a few years back. Very rustic and satisfying. Different from the refined Ding Tai Feng chain. Both are good. I will definitely strive for the famours 18 pleats. That's an agressive goal I must say.

May 24, 2011
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for XLB (Xiao Long Bao) cooking lessons / workshops

Thank you C Oliver! Great thread. Do you make XLB often? I am quite good with Aspic, I make Chicken / Jin Hua consommé all the time. Panicking now becuase we are a few days away June 2011 and making XLB is my New Year's resolution for 2011. I better get my act together soon.

May 23, 2011
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for XLB (Xiao Long Bao) cooking lessons / workshops

I live in the Bay Area (San Francisco to be exact) and I am looking for Xiao Long Bao cooking lessons conducted on weekends. I am willing to travel todifferent parts in the Bay Area, any recommendations? I am afriad to play with dough but want to get over my fears.

May 16, 2011
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Hapa Ramen, Anyone?

There were three of us. :(

May 11, 2010
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Hapa Ramen, Anyone?

I wasn't so fortunate as Vulber. I put my name on the list at 5:20, they still did not get to us at 8:30 p.m. I don't think they followed the list. My dinning companions were utterly offended, so we left. So sad!

May 10, 2010
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Spot Prawns - time to get them?

I am thinking of cooking spot prawns this weekend. See them in many seaffod stalls around the Bay Area. However, the quality can vary from the firm to the soggy. I tend to poach it quickly ad make a light soy base dipping sauce. I get very excited when I see a pinkish liquid (or oil) when peeling. Almost wanted to save them and throw in risotto.

All in all, a very delicate ingredient.

Any suggestions on where to get the best spot prawns?
Am I too early in getting them? (We arein early April)
How do I spot the good ones from bad?

Apr 07, 2010
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Flying Saucer Chef Albert Tordjman

if you google his name, you will find his e-mail address and phone number in Thailand from Jean-Georges Vongerichten's blog dated March 21, 2008. Try it! It is easy.

Mar 12, 2009
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Best source for Orange Beef?

I agree with Melanie, you must give Jai Yun a try. The Orange Beef is the best. Not much sauce for your rice, but extremely flavorful. I think of it often.

Feb 10, 2009
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy fresh "Kalamansi" in SF?

Thanks, I will check it out this weekend.

Feb 10, 2009
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy fresh "Kalamansi" in SF?

I got it at the frozen section from Ranch 99. I would dilute it roughly 1.5 to 2 parts of water to the block. Just like any other concentrated juice. There's even a "box" - ready to drink version.

Feb 10, 2009
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy fresh "Kalamansi" in SF?

Thanks so much. I enjoy buying the frozen blocks and dilute them as refreshments. The lime + tanegrine is a smart and quick way. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2009
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy fresh "Kalamansi" in SF?

I am about to tackle a famous Singaporean dish - "Hokkien Fried Mee" and the recipe calls for fresh "Kalamansi" as part of condiments. Does anyone know where I can get them in SF? I think I have just missed the Saturday Alemany Farmers' market. I have seen it there before. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Feb 09, 2009
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot & Grill, San Mateo

My Friend and I went about 8 months ago and ordered many items, meats, veggies, tofu items, meat-balls, mushrooms, noodles and beers. The bill came to $136. Well we ordered dipping sauce as well. On subsequent visits, the waiters told us not to order dipping sauce because the broth(s) are flavorful enough to coat the items. I was skeptical at first, but he was right. I like the place but I cannot go often because the price is pretty steep. It is difficult for me to hold back.

Aug 25, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

What do you think of "Panda Country Kitchen" in SF?

I am going there in a few days. What to order? any good alternatives near by ? Thanks!

Aug 24, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Manresa report

Robert,
I was there two weekends ago. "Into the vegetable garden..." was indeed very satisfying.
Perfect blend of texture and taste. I wish I can make a dish so imaginative and tasty. We did the tasting menu as well. I had since tried to duplicate the peeled tomatoes, ikura and smoke tuna broth dish. I cannot get it perfect but my version is quite nice to as well. Very happy with Manresa.

Aug 14, 2008
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where to find fresh sugar cane juice in SF?

Definitely at Lee's Sandwiches on Larkin. Must get everytime I frequented that store.
625 Larkin Street @ Willow St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 929-6888
Fax: (415) 929-6999

Apr 15, 2008
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Campton Place?

Like you Mrs. Bacon, I never checked out CP when Humm was there. I remember trying to get a reservations just before Humm's last days, CP was solidly booked. Now I know where to find Humm. Thanks!

Feb 27, 2008
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Campton Place?

Thanks to both RL and foodiesf. I suspected Campton Place is not the same after daniel left. Haven't heard much buzz at all. I am a big fan of Ron Siegel. The Dining Room is just solid under Ron. I am just excited as to what he could do to Myth.....By the way, I called for Chez Panisse yesterday for next week. They are completely booked evry single night.

Feb 20, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Campton Place?

A friend of mine wanted to go to Campton Place for an expensive dinner. I realized Campton's superstar chef Daniel Humm left early 2006 Manhattan bound. Afterwards, I heard very little about Campton. Before I say yes, can anyone tell me if the quality and innovation are still there? What are my alternatives? We are flexible and are willing to travel throughout the Bay Area. Thanks in advance.

Feb 19, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Thai market in SF?

I believe they are closed (out of business).

Feb 12, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese New Year Banquet

Peter, Do you have any dishes you can recommend?

Feb 06, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

El Bulli 2008 Reservations

I did exactly what you have suggested. A friendly followup. I haven't heard back as well. Well, not meant to be for this year. I have yet to finalized my vacation plans yet. Actually, I am also interested in Tokyo as a food destination besides Spain. Both countires are good! Can you tell me more about El Raco?

Feb 06, 2008
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Chinese New Year Banquet

Thanks! I shall give them a try. Was there about a year ro so ago for Dim Sum. I must say I was quite happy with that meal. It wasn't over the top and yet creative. Good balance. I guess we will have to decide whether to order from set menu or customized our dishes....

Feb 04, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese New Year Banquet

Since the CNY is right at the corner. Any suggestions for an authentic and festive banquet for 6 in the Bay Area? We are willing to travel. Two years ago, my friends and I found Jia Yun and we spend New Years Eve sampling Chef Ni's wonderful cold plates and hot dishes.

Feb 04, 2008
sfwtchris in San Francisco Bay Area

El Bulli 2008 Reservations

Sorry just logged in today. Nope never heard back. :(
Not a word.

Feb 04, 2008
sfwtchris in Spain/Portugal

El Bulli 2008 Reservations

Congrats to both SkinnyLatte and Lootie for going to El Bulli. I shall continue to wait and might send them an e-mail to check before Christmas 2007. Suspense kills!

Nov 27, 2007
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