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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Alexander's Steak House - Cupertino

This year's company holiday dinner was held at Alexander's steak house in Cupertino. The restaurant has moved from the Vallco mall location to the new Main St at Cupertino facing Stevens Creek Blvd.

I was going to order the fillet mignon but another coworker asked if anyone wanted to share with her. I thought why not and asked her what she had on mind. She wanted to try surf and turf and I thought that was a better idea. So we agreed on that.

The bread selection was fantastic. Most of the restaurants I went to only serve plain bread but Alexander's actually served different types of bread from regular bread to mini onion cheese croissant and herb ciabatta (?). We couldn't help but asked for seconds.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pho Ha Noi is back !

Years ago  there was a Pho Hanoi in the Evergreen area of San Jose (Capitol Expressway and Silvercreek Rd, I think). One day we found out that it was closed. We were devastated as that was the only place we knew that served northern style pho noodle soup with fresh noodle.

A few days ago as I was browsing my Facebook page, I saw a posting mentioning a new restaurant that just opened with the same name. Only one way to find out which is to give it a try.

So this weekend we decided to drop by and check it out. The location is at the Vietnam Town shopping center which is next to Grand Century Mall on Story Rd in San Jose. The shopping mall has been completed at least a few years by now. But sadly there were still a lot of empty shops. The restaurant is located at the end corner from Story Rd so just keep on going once you make a turn into the shopping mall.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Revisited : Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant, San Jose

The dishes were served on a big platter with the injera bread as under lining.
Tried this restaurant about 2 years ago. This time we had some visitors from out of town and decided to give them a different cuisine to try.

We were there on Friday night after Thanksgiving. The restaurant was pretty busy during dinner time. We got a table on one of those lower ethnic table next to the guy playing live music. I didn't even know that they have live music. It could be new or it could be only on a certain night which we didn't get to experience last time.

Since we didn't quite enjoy some of the dishes we got before so we decided not to order the combo. We got more heads this time so we got more people giving opinions. In the end we settled with 4 meat dishes and 1 chickpea dish. And I actually enjoyed it way better this time.

I think the dishes we ordered were shuro wot (chickpea dish), ye doro wot which was made of chicken drumstick with spices and served with egg and home made cheese. Another chicken dish was called ye doro kitfo which was made of ground chicken and cooked with spices. And the last one was tibs firfir which was cubed lean beef sauteed with onion, tomato and green pepper.

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
The Plaza Shopping Center, 1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: (408) 615-8282

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Spicy Galbi Jjim (Korean style braised pork ribs)

Picture revised 03/05/2017


Ribs and potatoes on the baking dish before going into the oven
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.

Ingredients
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