Wonton soup with bbq pork – Lee’s Deli

Wonton soup with bbq pork - Lee's Deli
Shrimp and pork wonton soup with bok choy, green onion, cilantro. $8
Lee’s Deli, San Francisco CA

I would say that eight bucks for a super hearty soup makes for a great workday lunch. This isn’t the best quality, but it definitely quenches by salt and soup cravings.


Pancit molo soup – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Pancit molo soup - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Pork and chicken wonton soup topped with fried garlic and green onions. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

So this is a Filipino version of wonton soup originally from the Iloilo district. I’ve had this several times before but never knew what it was called. There were only a few actual wontons in there and a lot of broken pieces of wonton wrapper, but what do you expect from a buffet. I really like the flavors of this soup though, and I think it’s more hearty than the Chinese version.

Drag performance
Drag performance in Malate. I was impressed at the quality of their performance and choreography!

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!

Fried wontons – Basil Thai Restaurant

Fried wontons - Basil Thai Restaurant
Chicken, shrimp, and cream cheese, wonton wrapper. Served with sweet and sour sauce. $6.95
Basil Thai Restaurant, Charleston SC

How can you go wrong with hot, fried wontons filled with proteins and cream cheese?! You really can’t, hehe. This appetizer is perfect for sharing and definitely starts a dinner off on the right foot.

Seminole chief Osceola grave, Fort Moultrie
Seminole chief Osceola grave, Fort Moultrie. Osceola died of malaria 3 months after his controversial capture and was buried at Fort Moultrie with military honors.

Mini ceviche tacos – Barracuda Sushi

Mini ceviche tacos - Barracuda Sushi
3 tacos – lime cured izumidai (tilapia), diced ahi tuna, and ebi with wonton shells. Happy hour $5
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Mmm, these were very good. Although the food at Barracuda isn’t traditional Japanese, I do like their flavors, service, and convenience. You really can’t beat their happy hour prices either!

Coit Tower from the Embarcadero

Coit Tower from the Embarcadero. The Lillian Coit Memorial Tower is perched atop Telegraph Hill and was designed by Aurthur Brown Jr. and Henry Howard in an art deco style.

Spring rolls – Go Bistro

Spring rolls Go Bistro

Crispy spring rolls with chicken and vegetables, served with crispy wonton chips and sweet & sour sauce.  Garnished with lettuce and orange slice.  $6.50
Go Bistro, San Francisco (SFO)

I guess you really can’t mess up spring rolls unless they’re super greasy, so these were just fine.  Nothing special about them, but sometimes you just need something hot and fried to tie you over before boarding an airplane. 

Sierra Nevada pale ale Go Bistro

Sierra Nevada pale ale.  $6.79
I also think that it’s also a safe bet to have a beer (or cocktail) before a flight.  It loosens you up in case you’re seated by annoying passengers.  🙂

Fried wontons – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Fried wontons Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

How can you go wrong with these fried, greasy morsels? Although they have no nutritional value, I love their warm crispy texture and the unnaturally pink sweet and sour sauce that accompanies them. These were free, so I can’t complain.  Yum! Free with an order over $28.
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco

Green tea Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Complimentary green tea is good every time.

Congee – Ton Kiang

Congee Ton Kiang

Rice porridge topped with fried crispy wontons and chopped cilantro.
Ton Kiang, San Francisco

My first congee experience was horrible and I’ve never liked this Chinese rice porridge since.  I was in the San Francisco Chinatown and had walked into a random Chinese restaurant where everything was written in Chinese except for a few menu items tacked onto their walls, one of which was congee.  I ordered the chicken congee without really knowing what it was.  When I received the HUGE bowl of white rice porridge, I was so disappointed.  There are a few textures I really don’t enjoy and runny, slightly slimey, slightly thick and gelatinous porridge with bits of things floating in it is one of them, lol!  I took a few bites, left the restaurant, and have never tried congee since. 

…Until my trip to Ton Kiang!  And I must admit, that it wasn’t half bad this time around.  It still took some mental tricks on my part to try it, but I believe that I almost enjoyed it.  I think this version was thinner than the previous and didn’t have any mysterious ingredients hiding inside.  The crispy wontons and cilantro also helped to disguise the porridge texture and added some familiar flavors.  I’m not going to start ordering congee on a regular basis, but at least now, I know I can somewhat enjoy it!  🙂

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012