Vietnamese spring rolls – Hula’s Island Grill

Vietnamese spring rolls - Hula's Island Grill
Tofu, peanuts, apple, lemongrass, carrots, basil, lettuce. $5
Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz CA

These rolls were pretty bland and lacked Vietnamese flavor. They needed some mint and fish sauce or something. You really had to dip the rolls in the sauces to get any flavor – kinda disappointing.

Wild radish flowers
Wild radish flowers (Raphanus sativus, Brassicaceae), Pigeon Point, Pescadero.

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.

Zaru tofu – Izakaya Yuzuki

Zaru tofu - Izakaya Yuzuki
House-made fresh tofu with sea salt. Tasting menu
Izakaya Yuzuki, San Francisco CA

This was different from any tofu I’ve ever had – I enjoyed it. The texture was super soft and creamy. It had very little flavor so the sea salt was useful. It was also a bit difficult to eat this with the awkward wooden spoons they provided but I like a challenge. 🙂

Sea salt - Izakaya Yuzuki
Sea salt.

My baby-girl
My baby-girl enjoying a walk up Bernal Hill and treated to a great view of San Francisco.

The Crispy Tofu banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Crispy Tofu banh mi - Dinosaurs
Shredded fried tofu, rice noodles, and taro with Vegenaise, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Hmm, this was fun to eat but it wasn’t really my kind of banh mi. I definitely prefer the more meaty variety. The tofu shreds were also really small so it didn’t seem substantial enough for me.

Orange Aloe sp
Orange Aloe sp. (Xanthorrhoeaceae) flowers, West Field Road.

Wafu salad – Izakaya Takonoki

Wafu salad - Izakaya Takonoki
Baby spinach, radish, tofu, tomato with sesame shoyu dressing. $8.50
Izakaya Takonoki, Honolulu HI

This was ok, nothing special. I actually would have preferred it if the salad came tossed and with smaller pieces of fresh tofu.

House chardonnay - Izakaya Takonoki

House chardonnay. $5.50

Sunset at Waikiki Beach
Sunset at Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Pad thai – Pad Thai Restaurant

Pad thai - Pad Thai Restaurant
Stir fried rice sticker noodles with shrimp, egg, fried tofu, scallion, ground peanut and bean sprouts. $8.50
Pad Thai Restaurant, San Francisco CA

This restaurant’s pad thai always has a lot of flavor, but sometimes it can be on the dry side. This time around, the shrimp and eggs were overcooked. Ugh!

Hens-and-chicks (Echeveria sp., Crassulaceae)
Red tipped hens-and-chicks (Echeveria sp., Crassulaceae), Divisadero Street.

Spicy mixed seafood and tofu claypot – Jun Ming Xuan

Spicy mixed seafood and tofu claypot - Jun Ming Xuan
Calamari, shrimp, scallop, white fish, fried tofu, mushroom, cabbage, chilies, green onions. £12.80
Jun Ming Xuan Chinese Restaurant, London ENGLAND

This was pretty good and there was plenty of it! I liked that they used fried tofu instead of fresh tofu because I prefer the texture. There was also a nice helping of seafood in there. I just wish the dish was a little spicier!

Tower of London, Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress
Tower of London, Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. Home to the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, this historic castle is a very popular tourist attraction. We didn’t want to wait in line and, instead, opted to be outside to enjoy the much welcomed sun that day. I’m not crazy about the weird lion statues they installed in front of the fortress. They look out of place.

Thrice cooked bacon – Mission Chinese Food

Thrice cooked bacon - Mission Chinese Food
Glutinous rice cakes, bitter melon, tofu skin, scallion, onion, black bean, chili oil. $11
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco

Thrice cooked bacon - Mission Chinese Food
I really enjoy the flavor of this, but I will say that the rice cakes can end up with a slimy texture. The tofu skins are a great addition for texture and flavor as are the bitter melons. Noms!

Thrice cooked bacon - Mission Chinese Food

Exiting 16th Street Bart Station
Exiting 16th Street Bart Station. Not the cleanest station, but I do like the artwork around the entrance.

Maki sushi combo – Osho Japanese Cuisine

Project 365: Day 120

Not much to report today, just work as usual and the gym. I’m glad to be back into a routine with scheduled meals and quailty gym time!

Maki sushi combo Osho Japanese Cuisine
6 pieces California roll (imitation crab and avocado), 3 pieces kappa maki (cucumber), 2 pieces inari (sushi rice wrapped in sweet tofu skin). Served with miso soup, wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce. $9.50
Osho Japanese Cuisine, San Francisco (SFO)

Maki sushi combo Osho Japanese Cuisine
In terms of sushi at an airport, this was ok. Which means it didn’t suck like most airport sushi. I particularly liked the inari – it was sweet and moist. In fact, none of the items were particularly dry, a common theme to most airport sushi.

Miso soup Osho Japanese Cuisine
Complimentary miso soup.

Soy sauce Osho Japanese Cuisine
Soy sauce in a cute aluminum tray.

Tofu stone pot rice – Mom’s Tofu House

Project 365: Day 99

I’m SO glad to be back home!!! I’ve missed my bed. I’ve missed my dog. I’ve even missed the work office. And I’ve missed Silverfox! We’re going to have dinner tonight at Starbelly. I’m looking forward to eating a wonderfully delicious, California-cooked meal. I have to go into work tomorrow (Friday) and them I’ll have an entire weekend to relax and do nothing. Just sit around and enjoy being home.

Tofu stone pot rice Mom's Tofu House

Rice topped with assorted vegetables and dried seaweed in hot stoneware with fresh tofu, served with a raw egg add right before eating. $11.99
Mom’s Tofu House, South San Francisco CA

Miso soup Mom's Tofu House

Miso soup. Complimentary

Tea Mom's Tofu House

Tea. Complimentary

Ma po tofu – Grand Palace Restaurant

Project 365: Day 94

Went to the gym with my co-instructor this morning. It was nice to get a good workout in before heading out to downtown Charleston for some real food. I’ve decided that I want to hit Magnolias for a late lunch. I went there last time I was in Charleston so I know that the food and service are good. For dinner, I want to hit The Bar at Husk. The restaurant was recommended by a friend, but they had no availability and I don’t really mind eating at the bar especially when I’m dining by myself.

Ma po tofu Grand Palace Restaurant

Fresh tofu in a spicy sauce, topped with chopped green onions. $8
Grand Palace Restaurant, South San Francisco CA

This was a little spicier than the XLB Kitchen version, but definitely not near as spicy as the Mission Chinese Food version. MCF has forever ruined my taste for non-spicy versions of ma po tofu. Ugh!

Seafood and beef soon tofu soup – Jang Su Jang

Seafood and beef soon tofu soup Jang Su Jang

Sizzling bowl of combination soft tofu soup with beef, prawns, clams, mussels, egg, and green onions in spicy broth. $10.99
Jang Su Jang, Santa Clara CA

This spicy tofu soup always hits the spot. I think the shrimp in this soup was the best part! I love sucking the heads with the spicy broth. You can actually choose from white, mild, medium, spicy, and extra spicy broth options. Nice!

Egg Jang Su Jang

They bring out the egg with the banchan.

Seafood and beef soon tofu soup Jang Su Jang

Then you crack the egg into the soup and stir it in.

Banchan Jang Su Jang

Here is the array of banchan that comes complimentary with the meal, noms! My favorite were the spicy bean sprouts, fried tofu, the greens, and the sweet mayonnaise-y fruit were surprisingly good too.