Pork belly pancake – Revel

Pork belly pancake - Revel
Kimchi, bean sprouts. $10
Revel, Seattle WA

This restaurant specializing in Korean comfort food is awesome! All the food tastes great and although I’m not Korean, I can imagine that this is how comfort food would taste like there. The one downside that I noticed was that the service was REALLY slow with long, awkward pauses during service. I’m sure it’s because the kitchen in continually slammed (this place is popular) so the food trickles out. This savory pork belly pancake was delicious, and the sauces at the table were fun to mix and match!

Assorted sauces - Revel
Assorted sauces.

Kwanzan cherry blossoms

Kwanzan cherry tree (Prunus sp., Rosaceae) with double pink flowers.

Tofu kimchi – K-pop

Tofu kimchi - K-pop
Sliced tender prime pork marinated in spicy sauce, pan fried with kimchi and tofu. $13.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

The menu description made it seem like the tofu was incorporated in the pan fried pork and kimchi mixture. I was kind of annoyed when the dish arrived and there were large slices of fresh tofu on the side. Ugh! The tofu was bland of course so that’s why I was hoping it would have already been added to the spicy kimchi mixture so that it could have acquired some flavor. Otherwise, I like the dish enough.

Steamed rice - K-pop
Side of steamed rice.

de Young Museum

de Young Museum atrium area.

Chicken Korean taco – Namu Gaji

Chicken Korean taco - Namu Gaji
“The Real” Korean taco with chicken, kimchee salsa, kimchee remoulade, seasoned rice, toasted seaweed, and nori. Happy hour $3.50
Namu Gaji, San Francisco CA

Chicken Korean taco - Namu Gaji
March 9, 2014.
Chicken, seasoned rice, daikon kimchee salsa, kimchee remoulade, toasted kim, nori, $3.50

I love the Korean tacos at Namu Gaji and at the Namu food stand previously. They’re packed with flavor and are a great departure from the typical Mission tacos. I will say that the nori was really hard to chew through this time around.

Golden Gate Bridge

Approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, southbound on the 101.

Pile o’ pork – Hahn’s Hibachi

Pile o' pork - Hahn's Hibachi
Combination of sliced pork, smoke pork kabobs, pork chop and pork spare ribs. Served with rice, bean sprouts and kimchee. $15.95
Hahn’s Hibachi, San Francisco CA

From the elaborate description on their menu, I actually thought there was gonna be more meat, lol! This was ok. I guess I was looking for volume and not necessarily quality when I order this.

Quaking grass/rattlesnake grass
Quaking grass/rattlesnake grass (Briza sp., Poaceae), Bernal Heights Park.

Dry fried chicken wings – San Tung Restaurant

Dry fried chicken wings - San Tung Restaurant
Original dry dried chicken wings in their “wet” version smothered in a special sauce with mushrooms and carrots. Served with steamed rice and soup of the day. Lunch special $7
San Tung Restaurant, San Francisco

Dry fried chicken wings - San Tung Restaurant
Mmm, these fried chicken wings were delicious! I kinda wish I ordered them “dry”, but I couldn’t resist the sticky sweet sauce of their “wet” version. This is one of their most popular dishes and now I know why! The wings are sizable, perfectly fried, and oh so flavorful.

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Eggflower soup - San Tung Restaurant
Eggflower soup with mushroom and peas.

Chinese kimchi - San Tung Restaurant
Chinese kimchi. Complimentary
Every table gets a dish of this spicy kim chee to snack on before ordering.

Fortune cookie - San Tung Restaurant
Fortune cookie and bill. My fortune reads, “You will have many friends when you need them.” Now that’s a great fortune! And an even better bill! Less than eight bucks for ALL that food!

Asian short rib tacos – Grand Lux Cafe

Asian short rib tacos - Grand Lux Cafe
Three mini corn tortillas filled with grilled marinated kogi-style short rib, house-made Korean kim chi and chili aioli. $5.95
Grand Lux Cafe, Las Vegas NV

These tacos were pretty tasty, but the tortillas were a little dry and had a weird texture. I will say that our server was super friendly and hilarious though so it made the dining experience enjoyable regardless of some of the food missteps!

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi – Benu

Project 365: Day 103

Today I flew to Las Vegas to attend a work conference which starts tomorrow. I’ll admit that I’m not a big fan of Vegas as a vacation destination. I don’t like the majority of tourists and everything is ridiculously overpriced. Vegas is a place that I can’t truly relax, even poolside. There’s inevitably going to be a bunch of douche-y college kids (and adults for that matter) partying it up WAY too hard in a trashy way. Oh well, what can you do? To each he’s own. It makes for AMAZING people watching though. Besides the conference, I’m going to try and focus on the food to keep me busy. I don’t have any plans tonight but I’ll probably hit up Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan for a quick bite, then head to a local bar off The Strip to relax and take the edge off.

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi Benu

Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

Every dish at Benu has so many ingredients that it’s often difficult to know what every component is or how it’s incorporated into the dish. This was the second course, and I’m gonna say that it was one of my favorites! This small bite was presented on a wooden pedestal and you’re urged to eat it quickly because the warm filling might melt through the thin cellophane-y container. As proof of my ignorance, I’m still not sure where the kimchi was in this, hehe.

Oyster, pork belly, kimchi Benu

Beautiful and delicious!

Lavash bread Benu

Lavash bread. Complimentary

The Real Korean "taco" – Namu

The Real Korean taco Namu

Ssam style “taco”, seasoned rice, daikon and kimchee salsa, kimchee remoulade, housemade teriyaki sauce, folded into Japanese and Korean toasted seaweed, with beef. $3
Namu, San Francisco

I love food stands and Namu is one of the best at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market. This taco was pretty spectacular! I love the exciting combination of flavors and textures, and the kimchee remoulade knocked my socks off. The beef was also very tender and had a great grilled flavor. The only thing I didn’t like was that the double layer of seaweed was impossible to bite through. Maybe they could use drier seaweed or maybe only use one sheet. The taco is messy to eat already because of the abundance of toppings but fighting the seaweed wrapper made it oh so much messier.

The Real Korean taco Namu

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