Tiki pork belly – Mission Chinese Food

Tiki pork belly - Mission Chinese Food
Soy caramel, mandarin orange, pickled pineapple, shaved coconut, macadamia nuts. $10
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this pork belly was SO tasty! I just wish there was more of it, hehe. The thick pieces were pretty fatty but the soy caramel sauce was absolutely addictive. I also loved the fun tropical additions.

Octopus and the Bay Bridge.

Asian chicken salad – Escena Lounge & Grill

Asian chicken salad - Escena Lounge & Grill
Shredded napa cabbage, carrots, red peppers, mandarin oranges, caramelized almonds, cilantro, green onions, wontons and grilled chicken tossed in soy-ginger vinaigrette. $13
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Wow, this was like a huge Asian chopped salad! And a very good one at that. I loved the perfect combination of all the different textures and flavors.

Escena Golf Club view - Escena Lounge & Grill

The view from our table – absolutely beautiful!

Pan seared barramundi – Credo

Pan seared barramundi Credo
Seared Asian seabass atop a bed of mache, cubed watermelon and madarin orange wedges.  Garnished with a balsamic reduction and sprouts.

Credo, San Francisco

The bright red, yellow and green colors make this dish visually stunning.  Unfortunately, the overcooked fish was not appealing – the barramundi became dense and tough.  The dish tasted light and fresh, but the flavors didn’t pop as much as the colors.