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 The inn I think was a bit outdated but it's clean and just perfect for us.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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hana Zen - San Francisco

Spicy tuna roll
This year's Christmas eve we spent at San Francisco catching pokemon. Yup, you read it right. Catching pokemon. No better place to catch pokemon in San Francisco other than Pier 39. So we decided to also plan for a dinner there so we don't have to venture out for meal. Of all the choices available we decided on Hana Zen - a restaurant offering Japanese cuisine at the end of the pier.

We got there early like around 5:30 and the sun was just about to set. Though we got a window table facing Golden Gate bridge, the sunset was not very impressive due to the cloudy sky. And I think the Chart House on the end of the pier would have a better view of the bridge on a clear day.