Agedashi tofu – Wasabi Bistro

Agedashi tofu - Wasabi Bistro
Deep fried tofu served in hot tentsuyu broth topped with bonito flakes and nori. $13
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Mmm, deep fried silken tofu! These blocks of goodness were delicious especially with the salty broth and fun, flaky toppings. Noms!

San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco Ferry Building.

Big daddy ramen bowl – Hapa Ramen

Big daddy ramen bowl - Hapa Ramen
Pork, fried chicken, roasted vegetables, seaweed, and slow cooked egg, $14
Hapa Ramen, San Francisco CA

This ramen was good, but it wasn’t exceptional so I’m curious why it made the 7×7 list. The pork was tasty and nice and fatty. The fried chicken was bland and a bit oily. The soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked and still oozy inside. The roasted vegetables were good but tasted odd with the broth and actually made the broth taste bitter. The broth itself was a bit salty. The noodles had a great texture, and the soup was very hearty overall.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Yerba Buena Park
Yerba Buena Park.

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.

Beef dol sot bi bim bap – K-pop

Beef dol sot bi bim bap - K-pop
Rice bowl mixed with cooked vegetables, fried egg, nori and served on a hot stone pot with soup. $14.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

Mmm, salty beef with rice and a runny egg. Sounds like heaven to me! This is a sizable bowl which is good for the fifteen-buck price tag. Like I’ve said, the food here tends to be on the salty side but the Korean flavors still shine through.

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.

Deluxe udon – Wakaba Sushi & Noodle

Deluxe udon - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
Beef, tofu, shrimp tempura, seaweed, udon noodles, scallions. $13.95
Wakaba Sushi and Noodle, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

This udon noodle soup was pretty good for airport food, but then most of the restaurants in Terminal 2 are better than most. The bowl looks small but there was surprisingly a lot of good! 🙂

Miso soup - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
Miso soup. $2.45

Diet Coke - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle

Diet Coke.

Chopsticks cover - Wakaba Sushi & Noodle
Chopsticks cover.

Sunomono with crab – Izakaya Yuzuki

Sunomono with crab - Izakaya Yuzuki
Vinegar dressed cucumber salad with crab meat, seaweed and flowers. Tasting menu
Izakaya Yuzuki, San Francisco CA

Wow, this was the fanciest cucumber salad (sunomono) I’ve ever had! The baby cucumbers were intricately sliced, but not all the way through so they remained intact while still being able to see the expert knife-work. The fresh crab was delicious and the dressing had the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Noms!

Orange iceplant flowers
Orange iceplant ‘Jewel of the Desert Topaz’ flowers (Delosperma sp., Aizoaceae), 18th Street.

Spicy ahi tempura roll – Matchbox Palm Springs

Spicy ahi tempura roll - Matchbox Palm Springs
Ahi tuna, ginger, garlic, nori, sticky rice, black sesame, wasabi sauce. Happy hour $11
Matchbox Palm Springs, Palm Springs CA

Hmm, this wasn’t very good. It was too salty and the tempura coating was rock hard! I was actually surprised by this because most tempura rolls have a tendency to get soggy. That was not the case here – that coating was tough to chew through. The roll had no finesse and just ended up being a salty gut bomb.

Kona kampachi miso macnut brulee – Don the Beachcomber

Kona kampachi miso macnut brulee - Don the Beachcomber
Kona kampachi slices, miso glaze, macnut, scallions, and ogo (seaweed). $12.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

This wasn’t my favorite dish. The miso glaze was really a thick miso sauce and there was A LOT of it. When it was combined with the seaweed, the resulting texture and flavor wasn’t appetizing. It was a salty, briney mess! I ordered this dish because I’d never had kampachi before, but it was nearly impossible to taste it because of all the crap on top. Too bad, perhaps next time…

Kailua Bay
Kailua Bay.