Curry “laksa” – Betelnut Restaurant

Curry laksa - Betelnut Restaurant
Chicken, prawns, tofu, lo mein noodle, mint, basil. $14.50
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Meh, I wasn’t too impressed with this laksa. It seemed a little watered down to me. I wish there was more depth of flavor and a kick to it.

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"Little Dragon" dumplings – Betelnut Restaurant

Little Dragon dumplings Betelnut Restarant

With pork, shrimp and black ginger vinegar. $11.50
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

This was described by our waittress as a soup dumpling (xiao long bao), but they weren’t very soupy. I guess it’s trying to be an upscale version, but it just didn’t work. The filling was super heavy, the wrapper was too thick, and there wasn’t enough soup inside! I’ll pass on this next time.

Black ginger vinegar Betelnut Restaurant

Black ginger vinegar (and another random dipping sauce).

"Xinjian" cumin lamb buns – Betelnut Restaurant

Superior Farms xinjian cumin lamb buns Betelnut Restaurant

Superior Farms lamb with chilies, raita, cilantro and warm sesame buns. $9.88
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

There are many variations to Xinjian style lamb but they usually include chilies, cumin, and Szechuan peppercorns. This was my favortie dish of the night. The lamb was SO tasty! Add the warm, buttery bun and the raita and you have a total winner! Noms! It was also fun to fill your own bun and stuff your face with it. 🙂

Superior Farms xinjian cumin lamb buns Betelnut Restaurant

Green papaya salad – Betelnut Restaurant

Green papaya salad Betelnut Restaurant

With shrimp, grapefruit, herbs, and “nuoc cham”, topped with chopped peanuts. $9.95
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

Nuoc cham is a Vietnamese sauce usually made with chilies, garlic, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. It’s salty-sweet and so yummy. This green papaya salad was good, but I think it was too watery. I loved the addtional of grapefruit though.

Cecilia’s minced chicken – Betelnut Restaurant

Cecilia's minced chicken Betelnut Restaurant

With black mushrooms, lup cheong (Chinese sausage), green onions, pine nuts, and iceberg lettuce cups. $11.88
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

This was pretty tasty but I expected it to be so much better. It didn’t come off as very special, but I did like the flavors and how the lettuce cups were trimmed and stacked.

Cecilia's minced chicken Betelnut Restaurant

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Cocktails – Betelnut Restaurant

This was a random choice for a Christmas eve dinner, but I’m not traditional in many ways, lol! The food was hit or miss, but the drinks were very good overall. I loved the creativity!
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

Mai tai cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Betelnut’s famous mai tai. Myers’s rum, orgeat and the “cabin sink”. $9.25
Sweet and delicious! Makes me wanna be poolside.

Mao-jito cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Mao-jito. Betelnut’s take on the classic mojito. $9
A little too sour for my taste.

Phuket gimlet cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Phuket gimlet. Hendrick’s gin with lemongrass and thai basil. $8.50
The lemongrass and thai basil combo makes this drink very refreshing.

Burma sour cocktail Betelnut Restaurant

Burma sour. The classic sour made with Bulleit bourbon, fresh orange and lemon juice. $8.75
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