Bbq pork – Hai Lua Food Countryside

Bbq pork - Hai Lua Food Countryside
Served with rice, tomato, carrot, cucumber, and sweet chili fish sauce. 62,000 VND
Hai Lua Food Countryside, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

I’ve eaten a lot of Vietnamese grilled pork in my life and I’ll have to say that this was one of the best I’ve had. The pork was juicy and had SO much flavor, but wasn’t too salty like others I’ve tried. Noms!

Moist towelette - Hai Lua Food Countryside
Moist towelette.

Dining area at Hai Lua
Dining area at Hai Lua (aka the middle of the street). :)

Xa Loi Pagoda
Xa Loi Pagoda, Temple of the Buddha’s Relic.

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Pork sisig – Leslie’s Restaurant

Pork sisig - Leslie's Restaurant
Boiled, grilled, then sauteed pork meat with various spices, onions, ginger and calamansi. 299 PHP
Leslie’s Restaurant, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES

Mmm, pork sisig is SO tasty! Yeah, it’s not the healthiest thing to eat, but I was on vacation. I deserved to splurged a little (maybe a whole lot really).

Filipino dance performance
Filipino dance performance, Villa Escudero.

Roasted pepper and burrata tart – Park Tavern

Roasted pepper and burrata tart - Park Tavern
Crispy puff pastry, spicy pork sausage, caramelized onions, broccoli rabe, and bagna cauda vinaigrette. $14
Park Tavern, San Francisco CA

Do I need to reiterate my love for burrata? Lol. Mmm, this was so good! I sometimes wish that I could afford a personal chef who would make me beautiful snacks like this all day long. :)

Winecup clarkia
Winecup clarkia (Clarkia purpurea, Onagraceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Breakfast #1 – Best Western Hotel La Corona

Breakfast #1 - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Sweet and sour meatballs, fried rice, ham, kielbasa sausage, scrambled eggs, raspberry cream cheese pastry. Complimentary
Best Western Hotel La Corona, Manila PHILIPPINES

For a complimentary breakfast buffet at a Best Western, I was impressed that they tried to have variety every morning. The food was ok, but they didn’t keep any of it very warm. The bacon was the best part because it’s cooked to order upon request to a waiter.

Bacon - Best Western Hotel La Corona

Crab and corn soup - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Crab and corn soup.

Juice - Best Western Hotel La Corona
Mango juice and orange juice.

Coffee - Best Western Hotel La Corona

National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels
National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels, Malacanan, Manila.

Sweet and sour pork – Deli Kiosk

Sweet and sour pork - Deli Kiosk
With hard boiled egg, rice, sweet and sour sauce. 180 PHP
Deli Kiosk, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

I swear I’ll eat almost anything when I’m hungry. I really didn’t even want this plate at the airport, but I was starving during our layover. It wasn’t very good. I do like hard boiled eggs though.

Drag show in Manila
Drag show at Club Red Banana, Malate.

Boccalone antipasto platter – Incanto

Boccalone antipasto platter - Incanto
Assorted salumi served with roasted garlic, pickled radishes and onions, and coarse mustard.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

I LOVE SALUMI! Boccalone (Chris Cosentino’s salumeria) makes some fine cured meats. They have a storefront in the SF Ferry Building, and Incanto also sold some of their products at the restaurant. The meats were SO tender and flavorful. I loved everything on the plate!

Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Whole roasted pig – Incanto

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
Served with warm baby leeks and truffle vinaigrette, broccoli rabe, pork stuffing, and pork jus.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

I’m back! OK, I know I’ve been MIA and I apologize. Life has been hectic and I haven’t been able to adjust as quickly as I wanted to.

Anyway, it took the closing of Incanto to get me to blog today. Over the weekend, we celebrated a friend’s bday with the FINAL whole roasted pig dinner ever to be served at Incanto. It was a wonderful dinner and the food was delicious.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
They brought out the whole roasted pork and it looked beautiful! I thought the gold leafed snout was a nice touch.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
Our server carved the pig tableside. I was surprised that the body had actually been deboned prior to cooking so only skin and meat remained.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
The meat was SO tasty, especially smothered in the pork jus.

Roasted pig skin - Incanto
I made sure to go back for plenty of the crispy skin.

Warm baby leeks - Incanto
The sides were also very good. The baby leeks were beautifully presented.

Broccoli rabe - Incanto
The broccoli rabe had a nice bitterness to them.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011

Soy sauce flavor spicy ramen – Ramen Dojo

Soy sauce flavor spicy ramen - Ramen Dojo
Roasted pork, fried whole garlic, kikurage mushroom, fresh green chives, quail egg, and chicken gravy (cooked ground chicken, chopped shiitake mushroom, chopped ginger, sesame oil, shredded red pepper). Ordered with extra pork and regular spicy. $11.25
Ramen Dojo, San Mateo CA

I’ve been on a ramen kick lately and this place has been one of the best I’ve visited! The soup is delicious and the chicken gravy is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever had ramen where I’ve really noticed the chicken gravy before. It had an awesome chunky consistency and packed a lot of flavor. Maybe the gravy, if ever present before, was just been mixed into the soup at other restaurants. I’m not sure, but I feel like I’ve been missing out until now. Noms!

Hue spicy noodle soup – PPQ Beef Noodle House

Hue spicy noodle soup - PPQ Beef Noodle House
Bun bo hue. Beef shank, pork hock, fancy pork and tendon in spicy lemongrass beef broth with round noodles. Accompanied by sprouts, lemon, jalapeno, basil, onions and cilantro. Medium $8
PPQ Beef Noodle House, San Francisco CA

Wow, this was really good! I loved the spicy broth and the mixture of ingredients. The last hue soup I experienced had blood cubes in it which is probably more authentic (I’m guessing), but I liked this version better. Blood cubes are a bit too rich more my taste. This broth had a deep, rich flavor that was brightened up a bit by the lemongrass. I could eat this for days!

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake.

Bbq pork fried rice – Makli Chinese Cuisine

Bbq pork fried rice - Makli Chinese Cuisine
Sauteed barbecued pork, egg, scallions with fried rice. $7.50
Makli Chinese Cuisine, San Francisco CA

Meh, I’ve never been a huge fan of fried rice by itself. Rice, for me, has always been something to dump the rest of your food on and to soak up the yummy sauces. It’s never been a stand alone entree for me; I can’t eat a bowl of fried rice all by itself. This fried rice tasted pretty good though, but they could have thrown in a bit more bbq pork.

Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park.