Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Remember the good ole days at Cal? Remember all the good food? Remember Brazil Cafe on Shattuck? If you haven’t had their tri-tip sandwich, you’ve been missing out. Get in your car and go there right now. Go. I think the best part of that sandwich is the cilantro yogurt sauce. Tao and I remember [...]

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San Tung Fried Chicken Wings and Sauce

San Tung (山东小馆) is a restaurant in San Francisco that serves chicken wings that are just delicious. Ever since my first visit, I have been curious how they are made. After eating many orders, talking to insiders and reading a few books, I have uncovered their secret; the wings are actually a fusion of Chinese [...]

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Salsa

I make salsa all the time, even when I have only one tomato laying around; this recipe scales so easily. Once you become familiar with the ratio of ingredients and how simple it is, you’ll be making salsa all the time too. Ingredients: 5 – 6 Tomatoes 1/3 Onion (any color) 1/2 – 1 Jalapeno [...]

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Barbecued Chicken Salad Sandwiches

I’m a fan of salad sandwiches- egg salad, potato salad, tuna salad, and now chicken salad.  I came across this article in the SF Chronicle one weekend and have made it several times since then.  It’s great for hiking trips, camping trips, or just plain lunch.  I like to use leftover rotisserie chicken meat- especially [...]

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Hummus

I got this recipe from an old coworker (Thanks Ziad!). It’s a classic recipe and never fails to appease the crowds.  You can eat hummus on its own (with some pita or naan), on sandwiches, with falafel, or some fresh veggies. Ingredients 2 cans of garbanzo beans 3 Tbsp Tahini sauce (Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, [...]

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Tao’s first dish: Hoisin pork over noodles

“Mom? Can you tell me how to make ground pork with noodles?” I asked, living away from home for the very first time back in 2000, and feeling like some food from home. I needed step-by-step instructions to cook anything beyond eggs, noodles or rice at the time. I already had the ingredients, because of [...]

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