Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spicy Galbi Jjim (Korean style braised pork ribs)

The first time I found out about this dish was on one of the episode of Late Night Restaurant which was a Korean drama show that was released last year. Anyway, if you like Korean food you may actually like that drama because it showed case a lot of different kind of Korean dishes.

When I googled recipe for spicy galbi jjim I found a recipe by Hyosun from Korean Bapsang. Her version which was the recipe I posted here was cooked on slow cooker. No worry if you don't have one. I cooked mine on a ceramic bakeware covered with aluminum foil on 350 degree for 2 hours. The result was tender ribs with meat fall of the bones.

3 pounds pork baby back ribs
1 medium onion, cut into big chunks
1 large potato, cut into big chunks
2 scallions, cut into big chunks
6 to 7 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1-1/2 inch ginger, thinly sliced

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tofu Plus - Cupertino

Side dish display outside restaurant. I feel like being cheated because the real side dishes didn't look like that
Located in the shopping mall of Cupertino Village where parking could be a nightmare on weekends. I have heard about this Korean restaurant but didn't have an occasion to go all the way there to check it out. Last weekend a friend suggested that we met up there for dinner. This was Saturday night so I was a bit reluctant knowing how messy parking could be over there. But, surprisingly it was not too bad. We got a spot within minutes of arriving. Must be the rain that deter everyone from coming out.

In general most restaurants were kinda slow. But Tofu Plus was busy that night maybe because it's relatively new and people were still curious. We waited for about 15 minutes and the wait line spilled out the restaurant. So I was standing with my umbrella outside just to cover myself from the drizzling rain. That's when I took pictures of those fake wax dishes.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stagnaro Bros - Santa Cruz

We just wanted some light snack to munch on before going for our lunch. So we decided to stop by here and grab a combo calamari and fries. I was afraid that it was going to be just a lot of fries and not much calamari. But it turned out to be plenty of calamari.

The calamari was tender and the fries were pretty crispy.  Our order came with two tiny container of dipping sauce which were tar tar sauce and hot sauce. Ketchup was available on the counter in a pump tub.

In the end we got tired of the calamari and were wishing for more fries. It's really not a bad deal for $13.

Stagnaro Bros
59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-2180

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rooster & Rice - San Francisco

I came across this restaurant when I was looking for places to try out in San Francisco. It's been hard to check it out because they were not open on Sundays. So finally we had a chance to try it out last weekend.

The place is small and more for take out place. There were three bar seating inside and about three more tables outside for another six more people. When I was there around 12:30 all but the indoor seats were taken. 

This restaurant serves Thai chicken rice. Their menu was simple The Original (breast and thigh with jasmine white rice), The Marina (all breast with organic brown rice) and The Vegetarian (organic tofu, brown rice and vegetables). One can pay for extra soup, side of vegetable, chicken, rice, etc.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Yummy Tofu & BBQ

Went there for dinner on a Friday night. Looking at the name I thought they only served tofu stew and bbq. But I was delighted to see that they offered quite an expansive dishes that were not very typical Korean restaurants. Among those dishes were gamja jeongol (pork bone stew with potato) and bossam (boiled pork served with wrapped). There were also a few other stew like seafood stew and goat stew. So far there was only another small mom and pop restaurant in Santa Clara that served those type of stews.

There were four of us so we ordered a gamja jeongol, a stir fry squid with pork belly on spicy sauce (ohsam bokkeum) and a non spicy beef bulgogi. The gamja jeongol was served on a hot pot style stove top to keep the soup hot. This stew was served with some sort of green veggies which I haven't seen being used on the soup before. I am sure each family has a different way of cooking their stew. The broth had deep flavor and had a hint of spicy peppery taste to it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cherimoya 2

Lemon grass grill pork on vermicelli with Thai ice tea
We were in Golden Gate Park area on our pokemon hunt and decided to stop by this place. My original planned lunch location turned out to be closed on Sunday. I was disappointed but this place got a high customer rating so I was curious to check it out.

When we got there it was lunch time. The place was small and more suitable for take out place. There were maybe 5 tables altogether with some plastic chairs and some built-in seating along the wall. Quite interesting. The wall was painted cheerful bright green. And when we walked in I was expecting someone to sit us down. But then there was a register just outside their small kitchen opening with the sign “order here”. Their menu was small and more or less a repeat. You can have grilled lemon grass pork/chicken/beef/tofu as topping for garlic noodle/vermicelli/rice/salad. And then there was menu for the spring roll and a few drinks. That’s pretty much it. Nothing soupy like noodle soup.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bangkok West - Roseburg, OR

Stir fry vermicelli with tofu
We found this restaurant sort of last minute as we were cruising on highway 5 approaching Eugene, Oregon. This restaurant was located in a small town just off Eugene though. Our Google navigation brought us there and we looked around having difficulty locating the restaurant. Turned out that it was at a corner of a deserted strip mall.

I was a bit skeptical but there were a few cars parked outside even though it wasn’t quite dinner time yet. So we went in and I was surprised to see that there was a big table of 8 people and a few other smaller tables occupied.