Caramelized pork and prawns, bean sprouts, ginger, shallots, coriander, mint, sesame soy dressing. $10 NZD
PokPok Thai Restaurant, Auckland NZ
This was the weirdest Thai spring rolls I’ve ever seen. I have never seen Thai food wrapped in flour tortillas before. Definitely not authentic – sad like the service.
1/3 rack baby back ribs, 2 chicken thighs, baked beans, brussels sprouts. $17
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, Rancho Mirage CA
Hmm, this wasn’t very good. The ribs had a weird texture and so did the chicken for that matter. The bbq sauce wasn’t very good either. Lame.
Topped with fried egg, onions, jalapenos, side of achara. $10.50
Senor Sisig, San Francisco CA
This food truck is always popular during lunch so it’s important to get here early. I normally get the sisig nachos, but decided to it over steamed rice this time. I like the flavor of the sisig and it’s nice to have the achara and jalapenos on top to cut through the fattiness. Yum!
1/2 wet, 1/2 dry. Served with onion rings, turnip greens, roll. Half rack $15.99
Central BBQ, Memphis TN
Mmm, these ribs were way better than the ribs at Commissary. They had a better flavor, and they were super tender and juicy unlike the dry ribs at Commissary. I also liked that onion rings was a side option. 🙂
Garlic soy glaze, polenta, roasted pineapple, Maui onions, foie gras teriyaki butter. 5 course tasting menu $85
Le Pigeon, Portland OR
Mmm, this was a really tasty dish too! The pork was really flavorful and I liked all the components. After the really salty skate dish though, this teriyaki glazed pork tasted super salty as well. I think my salt tastebuds were shot at this point.
Japchae, lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, pickled radish, bean sprouts, grilled onion, and spicy sauce. $9.95
BibimBar, San Francisco CA
The prices have gone up for the bowls here, but I still crave them every once in a while since there aren’t many Korean food options in the FiDi. BibimBar is a decent option for a quick, satisfying lunch.
Braised, pickled vegetables, celery root puree, arugula. $13
La Cosecha Bar and Restaurant, Paso Robles CA
I liked the flavor of the braised pork cheeks and they were so tender and juicy. And I always love braising juices combined with a creamy pureed root vegetable.
Spicy miso ramen with double portion of pork cha-shu. $15.80
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Toronto CANADA
This was tasty! I loved the spice level of the broth, and the ingredients were great. The ramen noodles also had a nice bite to them. I just wished the chasiu was cut a little thinner so it would’ve been easier to eat. These were pretty thick and harder to eat.
Salsa roja, rancho gordo beans, creme fraiche, sunny side up eggs, goat feta. $22
The Restaurant at JUSTIN, Paso Robles CA
I thought that the pork was great and tasty, but there really weren’t enough tortilla chips to make this a substantial chilaquiles. It was pretty to look out though and the eggs definitely made for good yolk porn. 🙂
Pork cutlet, kewpie slaw, wasabi mustard, white bread. $10
Cherry Blossom Pub, Washington DC
This was not worth ten bucks. The katsu was dry, and the sandwich was SO small! Ugh, the price we pay sometimes…
Braised tofu with minced pork, hot pepper sauce, scallions. $6.95
China King Restaurant, Herndon VA
This looks messy and gross, but it tasted great. I appreciated that they kept the pork at a sizable mince (it felt more hearty). This dish could have used a bit more heat, but the flavors were solid.
Asian salad, bean sprouts, pickled vegetables, jalapeno, scallion oil, crispy shallots, chopped peanuts, fish sauce. $8.75
Asian Box, San Francisco CA
I love the flavors of their boxes, but they’re just not filling for me especially when it’s salad instead of rice. This time around, the lemongrass pork was a bit on the dry side. I’m glad that I got the fried shallots though – they tasted good.