Braised pork cheeks steamed bun – Little Uncle

Braised pork cheeks steamed bun - Little Uncle
Pickled vegetables, garlic chili paste. Each $3.30
Little Uncle, Seattle WA

Which is better, braised pork cheeks or pork belly? I’m not gonna choose between the two because they’re both delicious! These buns were super tasty and I loved the braising sauce. The pickled radish and carrot gave these morsels the perfect bite. Mmm…

Encircled Stream fountain
Encircled Stream fountain, Ned Kahn, Founders’ Court.

Bulgoki beef buns – Rikki Rikki

Bulgoki beef buns - Rikki Rikki
Three steamed asian buns, filled with bulgoki beef and wild greens. Happy hour $5.95
Rikki Rikki, Kirkland WA

Uh, that’s a new spelling of the word! I guess that’s what you get when you order a Korean style beef packed into Chinese steamed buns at a Japanese sushi restaurant, lol! These buns were ok. They didn’t have the great Korean bulgogi flavors that I was expected. At two bucks a pop, I really can’t complain too much though. They’re a great value!

Lake Washington
Lake Washington along I-90 E Channel Bridge.

Pork belly steamed bun – Chairman Bao Truck

Pork belly steamed bun - Chairman Bao Truck
Tender pork belly, turmeric pickled daikon, green shiso. $3.75
Chairman Bao Truck, San Francisco CA

Noms! This is still by favorite item from the Chairman Truck! The glaze on the pork belly is absolutely amazing – it’s salty and caramel-y and SO yummy. I love the turmeric pickled daikon and the steamed bun is always pillowy soft.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011, 2012, 2014

Chicken katsu and vegetable buns – Izakaya Yuzuki

Chicken katsu and vegetable buns - Izakaya Yuzuki
Sunday special. Fried chicken with marinated vegetables and greens. $10
Izakaya Yuzuki, San Francisco CA

These chicken buns weren’t on the menu, but I saw the table next to us receive an order so I asked if we could get some too. It was their special so that’s why it wasn’t in print. Omg, these were amazing! The chicken was tender and juicy, but the saucey vegetables were the best part. They had SO much flavor!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Asahi beer - Izakaya Yuzuki

Asahi beer. $6

Random sidewalk message
“Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.” Random sidewalk message, Church Street.

Steamed bbq pork buns – Good Luck Dim Sum

Steamed bbq pork buns - Good Luck Dim Sum
There’s so many cheap dim sum places along Clement Street in the Richmond neighborhood and Good Luck Dim Sum is one of the most popular ones. This is evident by the long line in front of the counter. The good thing is that you can grab a menu sheet and mark everything you want while you wait your turn. 3 for $1.60
Good Luck Dim Sum, San Francisco CA

Steamed bbq pork buns - Good Luck Dim Sum

Colorful botanically-themed mural
Colorful botanically-themed mural, Church Street. I think the plants in this section are probably California soaproot (Chlorogalum pomeridianum, Asparagaceae), rattlesnake grass (Briza sp., Poaceae), and filarees (Erodium sp., Geraniaceae).

Sloppy Jack burger – Fork Cafe

Sloppy Jack burger - Fork Cafe
Giant homemade meatball, marinara sauce and parmesan cheese on a ciabatta bread. Served with French fries. $12.95
Fork Cafe, San Francisco CA

The name of this dish made me think of “sloppy joe” the entire time, so I was a little disappointed when the meatball did not resemble a sloppy joe in anyway. Even though the menu description spelled out what it was, you can’t help but think of a sloppy joe. Also, they must have run out of ciabatta bread because this was just a regular bun. The fries were really tasty and perfectly cooked though. Maybe they should add a sloppy joe burger on the menu so I can satisfy my craving, hehe.

Drunk and stoned creature on a mushroom mural

Drunk and stoned creature on a mushroom mural, Haight Street. Oh, The Haight! I snapped this pic because I thought this artwork was SO colorful, but the subject matter is funny to me. I love that this fictional character is sitting on an Amanita muscaria mushroom – very fitting.

Do Brazil chicken burger – Do Brazil

Do Brazil chicken burger
For spice lovers! Large strips of fried chicken on a sesame bun with lettuce and tomato, served with French fries. €22
Do Brazil, Gustavia, SAINT BARTHELEMY

Geez, this was large! I don’t think anybody at the table expected a burger this size, and a few people had ordered it. It’s advertised “for spice lovers”, but it actually wasn’t that spicey. It was definitely more flavorful than the mahi mahi burger though. Again, the fries were delicious.

Gustavia
Gustavia. The red-roofed homes in Gustavia immediately reminded me of Australia. I think the consistency is very cute and the color pops against the island landscape. Oh, to own one of those yachts in the harbor. 🙂