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.