KoJa KITCHEN – SAN JOSE, CA (BAY AREA)

I came here purposely to try the rice burger, and it was good. It was probably the best thing I’ve tried in this place. It could get pack during busy weekends.

Here is what we ordered. 3 Items, very full with left overs.

KoJa Kitchen

KoJa Kitchen

Kamikaze Fries – crisscut fries with bbq beef, kimchi, masago etc … it was okay. After a while, tend to get tired of it 😛

Kamikaze Fries

Kamikaze Fries

Chicken Bowl – the toppings were similar to the fries … kind of boring.

Chicken Bowl

Chicken Bowl

Short Rib Koja – the best item. The short rib was perfectly marinated and tender … it matches well with the plain rice burger. Rice were good, crispy outside and soft chew interior. Love it!

Short Rib Koja

Short Rib Koja

 

Order at counter and find your seat

Order at counter and find your seat

 

KoJa Kitchen Menu

KoJa Kitchen Menu

KOI PALACE 鯉魚門 – DALY CITY, CA (BAY AREA)

I have to say this is one of the best and one of my favorite dim sum place in Bay Area. Whenever I am in Daly City and craving for dim sum, I always come here. The down side is the wait … always a line with around 1 hour wait, but worth it (just plan ahead).

Food always hot and delicious!

Koi Palace 鯉魚門 - Daly City

Koi Palace 鯉魚門 – Daly City

Tea Pot with candle holder to keep it hot.

Tea

Tea

My favorite in this place, probably the only place that serve this kind of Soup Dumpling 灌湯餃 in the Bay Area. Big Dumpling, Abalone, Preserved Ham … yummy!

My favorite Soup Dumpling 灌湯餃

My favorite Soup Dumpling 灌湯餃

Steamed Beef Tripe 薑葱牛柏葉

Steamed Beef Tripe 薑葱牛柏葉

Steam Chicken Feet 豉汁鳳爪

Steam Chicken Feet 豉汁鳳爪

Fried Shrimp Claw 炸蝦拑

Fried Shrimp Claw 炸蝦拑

Steamed Beef Ball 山竹牛肉球

Steamed Beef Ball 山竹牛肉球

There is a dessert, Fried Sugar Puff Ball – absolutely amazing (I forgot to take pictures).

 

MILKCOW (ICE CREAM) – FREMONT, CA (BAY AREA)

A nice Korean Chain store that serves organic soft-serve ice cream. Perfect creamy and milky texture!

Mango Tree with honey cube added – I love the bits of mango, it helps to ease the sweetness of the ice cream. Also love chewing on the honey cube 🙂

Mango Tree

Mango Tree

The additional honey cube is $1.50 extra.

Mango Tree

Mango Tree

I do love it, will come back for sure.

BUN BO HUE AN NAM – SAN JOSE, CA (BAY AREA)

Came to South San Jose to browse around, I was informed there are lots of Vietnamese shops and restaurants around this area.

Decided to try Bun Bo Hue An Nam, from the name of the restaurant, yes, they are known as their Bun Bo Hue soup. From my memory, the soup didn’t blow me away. They are always famous for Bun Bo Hue with Pizzle … I wasn’t brave enough to try that. Only ordered the regular Bun Bo Hue.

Bun Bo Hue – regular, I don’t find it anything special … unless you add the pizzle.

Bun Bo Hue - from Bun Bo Hue An Nam

Bun Bo Hue – from Bun Bo Hue An Nam

 

Bun Bo Hue - added all beansprout

Bun Bo Hue – added all beansprout

Bun Bo Hue - from Bun Bo Hue An Nam

Bun Bo Hue – from Bun Bo Hue An Nam

Pho Dat Biet – special combination meat noodles, again, nothing special.

Pho Dat Biet

Pho Dat Biet

Simple 1 page menu.

Bun Bo Hue An Nam Menu

Bun Bo Hue An Nam Menu

I wouldn’t go drive all the way here for their noodles. I can find similar in East Bay.

 

LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO – PALO ALTO, CA (BAY AREA)

Always a busy Cuban style restaurant, pretty good food, service is a hit or miss. Reservation is high recommended.

Shrimp Ceviche – shrimp was decent, served in coconut milk … the crispy plantains was good!

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

Tierra Y Mar with Mash Sweet Potato – love the skirt steak, perfectly cooked. Crispy and lightly sweet coconut shrimp!

Ter & Mer with Mash Sweet Potato

Tierra Y Mar with Mash Sweet Potato

Arroz Con Pollo – Cuban style chicken with platanos and yellow rice. Honestly I am not a big fan of the platanos, but the pork was very tender and nice.

Arroz Con Pollo

Arroz Con Pollo