Bun rieu. Signature noodle soup topped with crab omelette, curled cabbage, housemade pork meatballs, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and silky rice noodles. $9.50 Soup Junkie, San Francisco CA
This soup was really tasty and surprisingly light even with all the different toppings. The crab omelette was a winner and really took me back to childhood when we would makes these for days after a crabbing outing. The pork meatballs were also very good and added another dimension to the delicious soup.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013
Shrimp tempura, topped with snow crab and walnut. $13 Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA
Ugh, I was not a fan of the abundant, goopy white sauce on top. It reminded me of condensed milk (among other things) and it tasted a little sweet too. It definitely turned me off. I tried a piece and left the rest for the table.
Avocado, cucumber, tomato. $15 Pesce, San Francisco CA
This dish was tasty and not overly seasoned. (I’ve personally found that over-seasoning crab dishes is surprisingly common for some reason.) The ingredients in this dish were simple and delicious, and the presentation was appealing.
California roll topped with spicy tuna, tobiko, unagi sauce. Pre fixe dinner Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA
This roll wasn’t very creative with its standard components, but I liked the flavors nonetheless. It’s not very authentic, but spicy tuna is always a safe bet (especially is if there’s any doubt in the freshness of the fish, not that Barracuda uses bad fish).
Mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab, halibut, tomato-oregano broth, sourdough roll. $27 The Rotunda, San Francisco CA
This cioppino was good, but I was honestly surprised that it wasn’t better! I expected it to be AMAZING for almost thirty bucks. The ingredients were nice but I wasn’t blown away by the broth. It lack the all the flavor and depth that I was looking for. The mussels were also a little overdone.
The Fall Gem: Eagle Rare single barrel bourbon, St. Germain, pomegranate, fresh-pressed lemon, orange bitters, orange peel, rocks. $12
Crab meat, mango, avocado, gobo (burdock) covered with lightly torched, thinly sliced kobe beef, seasoned with sesame oil and green onions. $12.95 Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA
This rolls sounds amazing and it was actually very tasty, but I think that there was WAY too many things packed inside. I really couldn’t taste many of the ingredients individually and forgot that some of them were even in there. The beef was the dominant flavor and it was a little on the salty side. The roll was good but I probably wouldn’t order it again.
With steamed vegetables, rice, crab salad, and dinner roll. Complimentary
Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines
Eh, this could have been sweet and sour “anything” really. It tasted fine, but the highly processed fish cake wasn’t the best. They actually advertised it as sweet and sour “fish” so I was disappointed when it came out as fish cake instead although it made more sense to serve fish cake on a plane.
Mussels, crab, squid, and carrots in a sweet garlicky sauce. 449 PHP
Leslie’s Restaurant, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES
This wasn’t my favorite. There was too much sauce for it to be served in such a shallow dish, and the crab was really hard to eat and break apart when it was slick with sauce. The mussels were also on the dry, overcooked side. I wouldn’t order this again.