Jungle curry – Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Jungle curry - Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Kaeng pa. Thai country style curry (no coconut milk) with chicken, bell pepper, eggplant, bamboo shoots, mushroom and basil. $8.99
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA

This was another curry first for me. It was almost like a soup instead of a curry. Is it just the spices that make a curry? Perhaps the term is too broad that it confuses me when I try a variety that is out of the ordinary. Anyway, this “soup” curry was delicious and very flavorful.

Michael A. and Hanna Naify Gallery
Michael A. and Hanna Naify Gallery, Legion of Honor.

Hot and sour soup – Makli Chinese Cuisine

Hot and sour soup - Makli Chinese Cuisine
Thick broth cooked with black fungus, bamboo shoots, tofu, scallion, vinegar, pepper. Cup $2
Makli Chinese Cuisine, San Francisco CA

I was skeptical of this place at first because it was a random Chinese restaurant that took over the closed down Daimaru Japanese restaurant space. We went here for dinner and had a pretty good experience. The service was friendly and the food was pretty good. These two dollar soups are a great value. I could categorize it as more of a bowl than a cup! The soup was nice and spicy and had a nice, deep flavor.

The Castro
The Castro.

Szechuan eggplant with minced pork – Red Jade

Szechuan eggplant with minced pork - Red Jade
Onion, garlic, bamboo shoot, green onion. $8.50
Red Jade, San Francisco CA

I know this looks really oily in the pic, but it actually wasn’t that bad. I think the lighting is misleading. I love eggplant dishes at Chinese restaurants and this was pretty tasty. The sauce was garlicky and delicious and the eggplants were nicely prepared. Noms!

Hen and chicks flowers
Hen and chicks flowers (Sempervivum sp., Crassulaceae), Noe Valley.

Chicken green curry – Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar

Chicken green curry - Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar
Spicy curry with green chilies, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, Thai aubergines and lime leaves. Set Menu A £11.80 per person
Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar, London ENGLAND

Yuck, this green curry was gross! It had a thick, gloppy consistency and was utterly unappetizing. There was also an odd bitter taste that I couldn’t figure out. Definitely one of the worst Thai curries I’ve tasted.

Piccadilly Circus
Video displays and neon signs, Piccadilly Circus.

Mu shu bbq duck wrap – Harbor Village Kitchen

Mu shu bbq duck wrap - Harbor Village Kitchen
Stir fried with lettuce, bamboo shoot, black fungus, and carrot with a flour tortilla. $9.50
Harbor Village Kitchen, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Omg, this was just a large greasy pile of crap! The duck was gross and stringy and I still can’t believe they threw in a flour tortilla to accompnay the mu shu pile. That was laughable! Let’s just say I didn’t eat much of this.

Wind Portal art installation
“Wind Portal” art installation, Paul Woolford and Ned Kahn, SFO Bart Station.

Phad pak ruam mid – Original Thai Cuisine

Phad pak ruam mid - Original Thai Cuisine
Thai garlic seasoned vegetable stir fry with shrimp, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, onions, zucchini with a touch of garlic. $15.95
Original Thai Cuisine, Kailua-Kona HI

This tasted pretty good. The shrimp were tender and the garlic sauce was flavorful. They included plenty of vegetables so that made me happy.

Hulihee Palace
Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.

Pad eggplant – Siam Saigon

Project 365: Day 46

It’s a long 3-day weekend for me and I don’t feel motivated to really do much. I haven’t just relaxed at home for a while and I’m enjoying it. I did have to go into work for a couple hours of OT but that wasn’t too bad. Besides that I’ve just been going to the gym, catching up on DVR, cleaning, cooking, and playing games on my iPhone. I think that’s some quality relaxation time if you ask me!

Pad eggplant Siam Saigon

Sliced chicken breast, eggplant, basil, bell peppers, and bamboo shoots in a mild curry sauce. $9
Siam Saigon, San Francisco

This is a new one for me. Siam Saigon serves both Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, nice! I was on my way to the Mission Safeway and I was starving so I ducked into this place because I had never noticed it before. I think it’s new. It’s a small space but the service is friendly and efficient (when they’re paying attention). This dish was pretty good. I liked the large slices of tender chicken, and all the vegetables were also large and chunky. The curry sauce seemed too timid at first, but after a few more bites the flavor came through.

Koong priew warn – Lers Ros Thai

Koong priew warn Lers Ros Thai

Thai style prawns stir-fried with sweet and sour sauce with carrots, red bell pepeprs and bamboo shoots. $11.95
Lers Ros Thai, San Francisco

This was OK. The portion was actually pretty small so it wasn’t worth the price. I like simplicity of the dish, but it lacked a lot of flavor. Lame. Besides the duck larb, the dishes here seemed like watered down versions of real Thai food. I’ve spent almost a month traveling around Thailand and their food is anything but bland and watered down.

Szechuan eggplant – Grand Palace Restaurant

Szechuan eggplant Grand Palace Restaurant

Sauteed eggplants with green onions, bamboo shoots, onions, black fungus, ginger and dried chilis in a garlic sauce. To go special $8.00
Grand Palace Restaurant, South San Francisco

Oh how I love eggplant! These were SO good too. I love how they were super saucy and garlicky. I was also surprised how much food they give you for their To Go Special. This didn’t come with any rice so it’s just a huge container of Szechuan eggplants, noms!

Hot and sour soup – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Hot and sour soup Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Noms, this soup was SO good!  Hot and sour soup is one of my personal favorites, and this one was especially flavorful.  It also had a great kick to it.  They definitely didn’t skimp on the ingredients like some other Chinese Restaurants trying to save a buck.  This was the soup of the day that came with a combination meal that my friend and I ordered.  The meal was very affordable and we got SO much food.  Definitely going back to this place for the delicious food! 2 person lunch combo $14.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco

BBQ pork ramen – Katana-Ya

BBQ pork ramen Katana-Ya

Ramen in a soy broth with 4 pieces of BBQ pork, bamboo shoots, seaweed, and scallions.  $11
Katana-Ya, San Francisco

This char siu ramen is on the 7×7 Big Eat List 2011, but frankly, I wasn’t impressed.  Perhaps I’m just not a ramen expert, but the I didn’t find anything exceptional about it.  My favorite part was the bamboo shoots and the pork was pretty tender, but I think the soup was too rich for my taste.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012