Steamed eggplant – Mission Chinese Food

Steamed eggplant in chili bean sauce - Mission Chinese Food
Ginger scallion vinegar, cucumber, calamansi, sesame, cilantro, salted chili. $6
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Eh, I wasn’t really impressed with this dish. I generally love everything I’ve order from MCF, but this lacked the usual flavor I enjoy from their food.

Orange aloe flowers
Orange aloe flowers (Xanthorrhoeaceae), West Field Road.

Grilled Manhattan Farms chicken – Staple & Fancy

Grilled Manhattan Farms chicken - Staple & Fancy
Pureed eggplant, padron, peppers, roasted tomatoes, aged balsamic vinegar. Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

This chicken was super moist and tender, but I would have liked it more if the skin had been crispier. I love padron peppers so it was great to have a pile of them on the board, and the pureed eggplant was surprisingly tasty.

Blown glass installations
Blown glass installations, Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Spicy eggplant chicken – Thai Lotus

Spicy eggplant chicken - Thai Lotus
Sauteed chicken, eggplant, onion, jalapeno, bell pepper and basil. Lunch special served with jasmine steamed rice, egg roll, soup, and salad with peanut sauce. $6.95
Thai Lotus, Reno NV

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was going to be one of the best meals we had in Reno. Now I don’t wanna talk smack about Thai Lotus because their food was decent, but that’s just really sad for Reno!

Egg drop soup - Thai Lotus
Egg drop soup.

Egg roll - Thai Lotus
Egg roll.

Side salad - Thai Lotus
Side salad.

Steamed rice - Thai Lotus
Steamed jasmine rice.

Kare kare – Tastebuds

Kare kare - Tastebuds
Stewed oxtail in peanut soup, with Chinese long beans, eggplant, and bok choy. $12.95
Tastebuds, San Bruno CA

Kare kare - Tastebuds
Hmm, this wasn’t my favorite preparation of this dish. I think the peanut stew was thicker than I prefer and there wasn’t enough oxtail. A bit disappointing.

Steamed rice - Tastebuds
Steamed rice. $1.75

Bagoong alamang - Tastebuds
Bagoong alamang (fermented shrimp paste) is a condiment typically served with this dish. It’s super salty and I enjoy it, but it’s definitely an acquired taste.

Chicken pad ped – Pad Thai Restaurant

Chicken pad ped - Pad Thai Restaurant
Sauteed eggplant, bell pepper and fresh basil in a red curry and coconut cream sauce with sliced chicken. $8.50
Pad Thai Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Chicken pad ped - Pad Thai Restaurant
I love Thai and Chinese dishes with sauteed eggplant! This dish is very good, especially when they make it hot and spicy.

Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square. Ugh, I will only come here if I have out-of-town visitors.

Fish fillet with eggplant – Au’s Kitchen

Fish fillet with eggplant - Au's Kitchen
With green onions and black fungus in a spicy garlic sauce, served with rice. $7
Au’s Kitchen, San Bruno CA

Fish fillet with eggplant - Au's Kitchen
I love getting this dish. It combines some of my favorite things – fish, eggplant, and garlic sauce. Yummy!

Lexus Official Vehicle, US Open 2012
Lexus Official Vehicle, US Open 2012, The Olympic Club. During the golf tournament, these cars seemed to be everywhere!

Hunkar begendi – Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Hunkar begendi - Tuba Restaurant and Grill
Pureed eggplant wtih mozzarella cheese topped with lamb cubes. Garnished with roasted tomato and pepperoncini pepper, sprinkled with chopped parsley. $17
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA

Wow, I’ve never had this dish before and I loved it! The pureed eggplant was delicious and had a wonderful texture. And the lamb was nice, tender and tasty. Mmm!

Dia de los Muertos decorative grates, Valencia Street
Dia de los Muertos decorative grates, Valencia Street. I had never noticed that the tree grates in The Mission had awesome designs!

2 item combo – All Season Sushi

Orange chicken All Season Sushi
Orange chicken.

Stuffed eggplant All Season Sushi
Stuffed eggplant with ground pork.

Chicken fried rice All Season Sushi
Chicken fried rice.
Choose any two items from their steam table with rice or chow mein. $6.85
All Season Sushi, San Francisco CA

This place is one of those sketchy sushi restaurants that also has a walk-in to-go Chinese food counter in the front. I think everybody who works here is actually Chinese, even the guys behind the sushi bar. That said, I have no shame in heading over when I need a cheap and quick fix of salty, saucy Chinese food.

Sutro Tower from Corona Heights Park/Hill
View of Sutro Tower from Corona Heights Park/Hill. This was a sunny, crisp morning in San Francisco with only a few clouds in the sky. A perfect time to take a stroll.

Braised eggplant with garlic sauce – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Braised eggplant Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Sauteed eggplants with green onion in a garlic chili sauce. Includes daily soup and steamed rice. Lunch special $6.50
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco CA

I keep repeating this, but I love saucy eggplant dishes from Chinese restaurants. I love the texture and the flavor of this dish. The eggplants were large and chunky and the garlic chili sauce was salty and sweet. Yes please!

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.