Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ipoh Garden - Millbrae

Char kway teow - stir fry rice noodle on a stainless steel serving wok
Found this restaurant when searching for new Malaysian restaurant in the Bay Area. So on the way back from San Francisco we decided to give it a try.

It is located next to Millbrae station. Coming from Hwy 101 take the Millbrae exit and after you passed Millbrae station make a right turn onto El Camino and the restaurant will be on the right hand side almost immediately.

Street parking is available or try using the City of Millbrae lot just behind the restaurant (look for sign). Do not use the lot next to the restaurant because that one belongs to another diner.

It was on Sunday afternoon around 1 pm and the restaurant wasn't too busy. We placed our orders of char kway teow (stir fry rice noodle), mee siam and Singapore chili tofu. Then we sat around taking in the decor of the restaurant. It's pretty spacious inside with bright cheerful walls and murals of some famous Penang Street Art. Tables and chairs were light stain wood.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shanghai Flavor Shop - Sunnyvale

fried pork bun
A friend referred us to this restaurant. She said make sure to try the fried pork bun and the green onion noodle. So with that recommendation in mind we went to check out the restaurant.

They close at 3 pm on Saturday. We got there after 2 pm and was still busy. There were 2 people by the door which I first thought were waiting for order pick up. But then I realized that they were waiting for a table. The boss behind the counter didn't greet us or said anything. I saw a sign on sheet so I decided to just put our name on it.

Just a few minutes waiting the other 2 people got a table. And only then I noticed that there was another empty table. I waited for one of the ladies waiter to make eye contact and signaled to her that we wanted a table for 2. While waiting for the table to be ready, there was a commotion between the lady boss and one of the lady waiter. Apparently one of the patrons were ready to pay but haven't received their bill yet. So lady boss was asking lady waiter what was the table number. Or more like lady boss was yelling at lady waiter for not being able to provide answer to the question. And there I was hoping that lady boss not going to yell at us for not able to order in Chinese.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster

Bruneian style kuih mor

Shrimp crackers - fresh out of the pot

Shrimp crackers served with nyonya acar (pickle vegetables)

Kuih sapit (coconut rolls)

Pineapple pastries

Please see link below for recipe of :

Nyonya acar (pickle vegetables)

Pineapple pastries (nastar or pineapple roll)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Konjoe Burger - San Jose

pork belly sandwich
Found this place while looking for burger place around San Jose area. It’s located at San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. I have heard about San Pedro Square for quite a while but didn’t have a chance to check it out.

Surprisingly though the weather was not exactly friendly, the place was pretty packed. Street parking was hard to come by. So I went down to do a take out. There are two buildings that housed the San Pedro Square Market and I got lost for a bit. Konjoe Burger is located at the building at the corner of Almaden and W St. John.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pacific Heights Inn - San Francisco

Taken the next day - so it wasn't as neat as it should be. 
This review is so overdue. We were there on Christmas Eve. We chose San Francisco as an alternative for Santa Monica beach to catch pokemon. lol. It's way closer to home.

We got there just in time to check in and the process was simple and pretty straight forward. We were given the room card and notified where the breakfast would be served and the time. The breakfast turned out to be very simple of bananas and cookies on that small area next to the receptionist.

We got a room facing the street with a window that could actually open. Yay. When we went in the room smelled a bit lack of air. So we opened it and let it air for a good 15 minutes while we charged our phones. After that it smelled perfectly fine.

The room was a bit small just with a desk on the right hand corner as we stood by the door. There was a big flat screen TV facing our bed. The inn I think was a bit outdated but it's clean and just perfect for us. We decided to leave our car there and just walked out to Pier 39.

Pacific Heights Inn
1555 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 776-3310

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Revisited (again) : Hakka Restaurant - San Francisco

Braised pork belly with preserved mustard green (mei cai gou rou)
This is our third time at this restaurant. We've taken friend from out of town and this time we brought another set of friends. I was glad that they were open because it was Dec 26th and some restaurant closed for a few days.

We got there almost 1 pm and the restaurant wasn't too busy. The customers looked like local people taking lunch break. We got a table close to the door. The menus were brought out. I like their picture menus. Everything looked so delicious.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thai Orchid - Campbell

Papaya salad (som tum) would have been better if we have asked for a little bit spicier.

We met up with some friends here for dinner. The restaurant has its own parking lot which was very helpful. When we got there was just 1 or 2 spots left so I thought the restaurant must be full.

When we walked in we saw this hallway that looked like someone’s living room with some chairs. As we walked further it opened up to what looked like an open area with some tables and chairs. That part didn’t seem to be meant for guests. But then upon hearing that we needed a table for six then one of the waiter just put together a few chairs and tables for us. It seemed like the restaurant at one point was a house before. And the seating area was like a U shape with the kitchen in the middle. Very interesting. It felt like having dinner at someone’s house.