tips & reviews of the different foods in the Bay Area

Mushroom & Beef Soft Tofu Soup

10tofusoupFood: Mushroom & Beef Soft Tofu Soup
Type:
Korean
Cost: 
$9.50 + $.50 (Additional ingredient) = $10.00 plus tax
Restaurant:
SJ Omogari
Address:
154 Jackson St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 288-8134

Another great restaurant in San Jose’s Japan Town is a Korean restaurant called, SJ Omogari. This is one of the greatest places to go to for Korean food. I have a lot of favorites from Omogari, but my favorite for the upcoming cold weathers is the soft tofu soup.

My favorite soft tofu soup is the mushroom tofu soup and with an additional $.50 I can mix two ingredients together, so I would have mushroom with beef. In the tofu soup there are soft tofu with mushrooms, beef, and green onions. Continue reading

Chicken Katsu Ramen

9katsu-ramenFood: Chicken Katsu Ramen
Type:
Japanese Ramen
Cost: 
$10.50 + $3.00 (pork slices) + $1.00 (boiled eggs) + $1.00 (Mushrooms)= $15.50 plus tax
Restaurant:
Kumako Ramen
Address:
211 Jackson St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 286-2111

During cold weathers, I would always crave for something warm with soup like Japanese ramen. One of my favorite places to get Japanese ramen is Kumako Ramen in San Jose’s Japan Town. I don’t really have a favorite ramen from Kumako because I like almost all their hot ramen.

I would usually get their chicken Katsu ramen because I like chicken. Chicken Katsu ramen usually comes with ramen in their special soup topped with chicken Katsu, chopped green onions, and red bell peppers. There are also a lot of options for add-ons. My favorite add-ons are pork slices, boiled eggs and mushrooms. Continue reading

Short Rib Burrito

8mogoBBQFood: Short Rib Burrito
Type:
Korean, Food Truck
Cost: 
$7.00 (no tax)
Restaurant:
MoGo BBQ
Address:
Around the Bay Area

My very first time that I tried MoGo BBQ was when it was at Robert’s Bookstore across from school. MoGo BBQ is a mobile food truck that sells Korean BBQ in a taco and burrito style. I ordered a burrito with short rib which cost only $7. I thought it was worth it because it was very big and filling.

The burrito included chopped of meat of our choice (chicken, pork, short rib, or tofu), with marinade sauce, melted cheese, lettuce, cabbage slaw, Kimchi fried, spicy chipotle sauce, and wrapped in flour tortilla. Continue reading

Roasted Peking Duck

7peking-duckFood: Roasted Peking Duck wrapped w/ Steam Bun
Type:
Chinese
Cost: 
$10.95 (half) $20.95 (whole) plus tax
Restaurant:
Cooking Papa
Address:
2830 Homestead Rd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 247-3748

As a Chinese American, I can be very picky with restaurant Chinese food. Being away from home makes it harder for me to have Chinese food. One day my friend took me to a Chinese restaurant called, Cooking Papa. Cooking Papa has very delicious traditional homemade dishes and restaurant specialty.

One of their specialties that I love a lot is there Roasted Peking Duck wrapped with steam bun. It is simply just roasted duck cut into pieces and it is served with steam bum and Hoisin sauce. They also serve it with lettuce and onion the side. Continue reading

HeadBanger Donut

6psycho-donutFood: HeadBanger Donut
Type:
American
Cost: 
$2.50 plus tax
Restaurant:
Psycho Donuts
Address:
288 S 2nd St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 533-1023

Psycho Donuts sells very creative and delicious donuts and my favorite is the HeadBanger donut. It is call the HeadBanger because a dead person expression is drawn on top of the white glazed with raspberry jelly coming out of its forehead. It is made to look like it got shot on the head. This donut is simply a raspberry jelly filling with glazed on top. I love how psycho donuts can make a simple donuts into something creative.

At the bottom of this post, I attached a link to an interactive PDF of psycho donuts’ brochure. In the brochure you will find the different types of donuts and creative descriptions of them. Continue reading

Pad Thai

5sabythaiFood: Pad Thai
Type:
Thai Noodles
Cost:  
$7.95 plus tax
Restaurant:
Sa-By Thai Cuisine
Address:
346 E William St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 286-5807

Another restaurant near San Jose State University with great food is Sa-By Thai on William street. One of my favorite foods there is their Pad Thai. It is stir fried rice noodles with egg, green onion, bean sprout and ground peanut. We also get one choice of meat of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, shrimp and seafood. Shrimp and seafood are an additional $1.00 charge. My favorite choices of meat with Pad Thai are chicken and tofu. Continue reading

Bun Bo Hue

4bunbohueAnNamFood: Bun Bo Hue (#1)
Type:
 Vietnamese Noodles
Cost:  
$8.50 plus tax
Restaurant: 
Bun Bo Hue An Nam
Address:
 740 Story Rd Ste 3
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 993-1755

Bun Bo Hue An Nam is one of my favorite places to get noodles soup, pho and other Vietnamese food. This was one of the places that I had to try when I started school at San Jose State University. They are famous for Bun Bo Hue, of course. Bun Bo Hue is basically rice vermicelli and spicy beef soup. It is different from pho because their noodle is thicker. Continue reading