Pork and shrimp stir fried rice vermicelli – Nha Hang Ngon

Pork and shrimp stir fried rice vermicelli - Nha Hang Ngon
Bun gao xao tom thit. With carrots, cabbage, onion, green onion, cilantro. 120,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This was pretty good and I liked the slightly al dente texture of the vermicelli noodles. The pork was ok, but the shrimp were really tasty. Overall, it was good but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

Nha Hang Ngon outdoor dining area
Outdoor dining area.

Nga sau Phu Dong Thien Vuong
Nga sau Phu Dong Thien Vuong, super busy roundabout!

Beef salad – Nha Hang Ngon

Beef salad - Nha Hang Ngon
Goi bo bop thau. With vegetables and peanuts in spicy sauce, served with shrimp chips. 130,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Beef salad - Nha Hang Ngon
Wow, this dish was SO delicious! The bright, sour sauce was great and the beef was so tender and flavorful. I’m not sure what all the vegetables were, but they tasted great and had many different textures. Definitely a wonderful choice!

Puppies for sale
Puppies for sale! While walking down the sidewalk, we notice a guy selling these adorable puppies from the back of his motorcycle. There were probably a dozen of them and I wanted ONE! 🙂

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.

Shredded chicken noodle soup – PPQ Beef Noodle House

Shredded chicken noodle soup - PPQ Beef Noodle House
Pho ga xe phay. Hand pulled chicken in chicken broth with flat noodles. Accompanied by sprouts, lemon, jalapeno, basil, onions and cilantro. Medium $7.75
PPQ Beef Noodle House, San Francisco CA

This place was packed when we ate here and I could see why. The food is pretty good and the prices are great. The service is friendly enough but sometimes a little confused because the large volume of tables constantly turning. It’s all about the broth for me when eating pho, and this place has good broth. The flavor could have been a little deeper, but that’s easily compensated for by adding some spicy condiments. Yum!

Soup add ons - PPQ Beef Noodle House
Soup add-ons.

Thread agave
Thread agave (Agave filifera, Asparagaceae), West Field Road.

Burmese style beef curry – Burma Superstar

Burmese style beef curry - Burma Superstar
Burma Superstar’s special curry. Beef braised until tender with potatoes and topped with cilantro. $13.75
Burma Superstar, San Francisco CA

I’m not actually sure what makes this curry Burmese. I really need to find out these distinctions. I’ve noticed that most of the time, Burmese food is pretty similar to Thai food. But this curry was more like a beef stew that a typical Southeast Asian curry that you might think of. Regardless, it was very tasty and super hearty. There was plenty of beef in there so we definitely got full. 🙂

Brown rice - Burma Superstar
Brown rice. $2

Picnic at the Presidio
Mini farmers market at Picnic at the Presidio.

Dungeness crab noodles – Revel

Dungeness crab noodles - Revel
Seaweed noodle, creme fraiche, spicy red curry, bok choy, cilantro. $16
Revel, Seattle WA

SO good! This was definitely another delicious and comforting dish from Revel. The seaweed noodles were delicious and the large chunks of dungeness crab were nice treats to find in every few spoonfuls. And the spicy red curry sauce brought everything together. Noms!

The Seattle Mural
The Seattle Mural, Paul Horiuchi, Mural Amphitheatre.

Quesadilla de pibil – El Techo de Lolinda

Quesadilla de pibil - El Techo de Lolinda
Braised pork shoulder, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, salsa. $9
El Techo de Lolinda, San Francisco CA

Finally, a dish from El Techo that was actually good and priced approriately! Actually this was pretty large so I wouldn’t have minded if it had cost a few more bucks. The pork was tender and really flavorful, and I like their smokey salsa. I thought the oaxaca cheese was going to be the white, crumbly kind but I was happy to see that it was thick and melty!

San Francisco Bay at dawn
San Francisco Bay at dawn, Upper Market.