Curry tonkatsu – Wasabi Bistro

Curry tonkatsu - Wasabi Bistro
Fried pork cutlet with curry, vegetables and rice. With additional tempura side. $12
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Japanese curries can be really rich and heavy, but this dish was nice and balanced. I liked the addition of the vegetables to help neutralize the richness of the curry sauce and fried pork. And you can’t say no to pickled daikons!

Tempura - Wasabi Bistro
Fried shrimp and assorted vegetables.

Sutro Tower
Sutro Tower as the fog rolls in, Castro.

Teriyaki chicken plate – Ono Hawaiian BBQ

Teriyaki chicken plate - Ono Hawaiian BBQ
Grilled boneless chicken with house teriyaki sauce, served with two scoops of rice, one scoop macaroni salad, and vegetables.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ, San Francisco CA

Meh, I wasn’t too impressed with this. The chicken was a bit dry and the teriyaki sauce too salty. I think I’ll stick to their regular bbq items next time.

Jessie Square
Jessie Square.

Chicken and beef combo plate – Ono Hawaiian BBQ

Chicken and beef combo plate - Ono Hawaiian BBQ
Bbq chicken and bbq beef, served with two scoops of rice, one scoop macaroni salad, and vegetables.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ, San Francisco CA

Ugh, the beef was really dry and gristly! The chicken was ok. I appreciate that Hawaiian bbq is fatty but I think these were especially greasy, yuck. The scoop of macaroni salad did help to ease my disappointment.

Sissy^2 sidewalk stencil, Noe Valley
Sissy^2 sidewalk stencil, Noe Valley.

Honey lemon chicken – Holy Cow!

Honey lemon chicken - Holy Cow!
Grilled chicken quarter with garlic rice and vegetables.
Holy Cow!, Manila PHILIPPINES

The chicken tasted fine, a little dry in some parts. But the yellow plate really bothered me for some reason. I thought it was an unfortunate color to serve food on especially with an ill-fitting cast iron plate on top.

War time flag of the Philippines
War time flag of the Philippines, Malacanan Palace. During war (I don’t remember which one – it was a long tour), the Philippines swapped the positions of the red and blue sections of the flag, rarely done by any other country.

Chicken inasal – Philippine Airlines

Chicken inasal - Philippine Airlines
Grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, rice, chicken jicama salad, dinner roll, mango parfait. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Chicken inasal is a well known Ilonggo dish of marinated chicken that’s grilled. I don’t think I’d ever had it before, but this airplane version wasn’t very good. I don’t know what spices they used, but it was kind of sour and unpleasant tasting. I’m not sure how authentic the PAL version was, but I don’t think I’d eat it again if that was how it was supposed to taste.

Filipino street food cart
Filipino street food cart with banana cue, potato wedges, and what I think are large lumpias?