Sunday, August 30, 2015

Revisited : Hakka Restaurant - San Francisco

Braised pork belly with preserved green mustard
We went there with hubby's big family a few years ago. Original posting here. It's hakka cuisine chinese food restaurant tucked in the neighborhood of outer Richmond area of San Francisco. Their specialty is mei cai gou rou (梅菜扣肉) braised pork belly with preserved mustard green.

Last month a friend of hubby came to visit and since we were in the area we decided to introduce him to this restaurant. We just had to order that braised pork belly dish. And we noticed a lot of tables also ordered that dish. It's that good and everybody knew that.  Then we ordered the salt baked chicken and the fried pumpkin with salted egg yolk.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Thai Chili Cuisine - Santa Clara

chiang mai noodle @ Thai Chili Cuisine
We’ve been to this restaurant years ago. We decided to go back on one very hot weekend. It was around lunch time and when we walked in there were like 3 tables occupied. We were seated and given the menu. But then it took forever for them to come and took our order. I noticed that none of the patrons were eating yet. It was early but it seemed the kitchen maybe a bit slow. After about like 15 minutes and hubby was about to get upset, the lady that seated us finally came and took our order.

I ordered a Chiang Mai stir fry noodle and was surprised that she asked me how spicy I want it to be. I said spicy. She then told me that the spicy here is quite spicy. I told her as long as it’s not Thai spicy then I’m fine. Hubby ordered a pad kee mao and requested spicy as well. I was happy that they asked for the level of spiciness. I feel that stir fry noodle with chili would taste better than if you try to spice it up yourself after the dish was brought to the table.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Las Cazuelas - San Jose

combo chile relleno and pork tamale
Haven’t had any Mexican food for quite a while so last weekend I craved Mexican food and I talked hubby into it. We looked around our neighborhood and found one on Race street. The location on Race street is just off Alameda so it’s quite a good location. But it’s street parking only. The good thing is the location is next to residential so parking wasn’t an issue.

The restaurant is located at a corner of Race and a smaller residential street so they have plenty of land at the side of the building for outdoor seating. We went in to order and paid and took our drinks and chips with salsa to the outdoor seating area. It was a nice day to be sitting outside.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

House of Thai - San Francisco

Pad thai
After so long haven’t been able to visit this place again, we finally were in the city attending SF Marathon. Afterwards, we were looking for a lunch place and decided to come here again. It’s been a while and the name seemed to have change from Thai House Express to Thai House. Location wise still the same but maybe change of ownership ?

I order tom yum noodle soup and hubby ordered pad see ew and radna. Our guest ordered pad thai. There was a sign that said if you checked in prior to ordering, you’ll get a free thai ice tea. So hubby and our guest checked in and showed our waitress the proof to get their ice tea. The ice tea was good. Maybe because it was free ?? ha..ha..

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hyatt Regency Hotel - San Francisco

This hotel was endorsed as official hotel for the San Francisco Marathon. I said it couldn’t have been better in term of location. All you need to do is sleep late, wake up, walk downstairs and you’re pretty much there to start your run.

We got a double queen bed room. It was spacious with a rolling door opening to Drumm St which is back street of the hotel. I liked this door because during the day we pretty much turned off the air con and popped open the door for some fresh air. Be careful with this rolling door though if you have younger kids because there was only a railing between your room and the street down there. I held on to my cell phone so hard when I stood there to take pictures of the street down. I don’t think my phone would survive if it accidentally slipped of my fingers.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kotetsu - Santa Clara

Original kuro ramen @ Kotetsu
After a failed ramen experience, I decided to check out a different ramen place. This time I chose Kotetsu in Santa Clara. One time we passed by this ramen place and it wasn’t even opened yet but there was already a line outside. The pictures on Yelp looked inviting so I was glad that we finally had a chance to check it out.

We got there at around 8 pm on Monday. There was no line outside which I thought was good. Maybe we could be seated immediately since I was hungry already. But no, we had to put our names on the wait list and waited for about ten minutes.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ramen Underground - San Francisco

spicy miso ramen @ ramen underground
We were in San Francisco with a friend from out of town for the SF Marathon. We happened to pass by this ramen place and decided to give it a try. We got there around 7. The place was tiny with maybe around 6 tables and a few more bar seating area. We put our names down and waited outside. It was starting to get chilly though it was a nice day earlier in the day.

The wait was maybe around 15-20 minutes. Since we waited for quite some time, we had enough time to study the menu and made up our minds. By the time we got seated at the bar, we were all ready with the order. I got a habanero ramen (yes, there is such thing). Hubby and his friend got spicy miso ramen. We got our hot tea which was so hot, even by the time I finished my ramen, the tea was still too hot for me to finish.