Vietnamese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Five Things We Learned From Savor Oakland's Chinatown Tour

    It's a beautiful thing when strangers come together on the street to devour warm pork buns in a downpour. Last Saturday, I braved the rain with Savor Oakland Food Tours and a few kindred spirits for a three-hour walking tour of Oakland Chinatown. The husband-and-wife team launched about two years ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Vy's Coffee Shop in Pacifica Has Some of the Best Banh Mi in the Peninsula

    Tucked away from Pacifica's main commercial area and waterfront strip, you would be forgiven for having never considered that this tiny, four table coffee shop sharing a nondescript mini-mall with a laundromat might happen to be serving some excellent renditions of the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    This Friday: Welcome Fall With a Moon Festival and Harvest Beer

    Yeah we know, going out on Friday night can be hard -- we can't count the number of times we've made fun plans, only to find that the crushing grind of the week necessitates a night on the couch with sweats, takeout, and Netflix. But this weekend marks the autumn solstice, and if you can rouse yours ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2013
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    May 15, 2013

    Pop-up Report: Rice Paper Scissors at Mojo Bicycle Cafe

    The pop-up is the latest in a long tradition of trends which attempt to subvert the tropes of the restaurant system. Following in the footsteps of revolutionaries like gourmet food trucks and frozen dinners, the goal is to provide restaurant-worthy dishes outside the standard rubric of the restauran ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Bicycle Bánh Mì Brings a Taste of Vietnamese Soul Food to Mexican Restaurant

    Saigon Soul Pop-Up Dinner Where: Regalito Rosticeria, 3481 18th St. (at Valencia), 503-0650 When: Mon., Jan. 7, 5-9 p.m. Cost: $45 for full tasting menu (purchase in advance via Eventbrite) The rundown: Hey, it's 2013, so the concept of a Vietnamese soul food pop-up inside a Mission Mexican restau ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2012
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    October 10, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    First Bite at Mau: Two Inventive Takes on the Bahn Mi

    We stopped in Mau last week to snag our first bite from the new joint by former Slow Club chef, Sante Salvoni. Salvoni gave us a full rundown of what's in store for the restaurant, fresh off of its soft opening last week, while we stuffed our cheeks with a few of his playful takes on banh mi. The fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Rice Paper Scissors Throws Dim Sum Warehouse Party

    Rice Paper Scissors Dim Sum Brunch Where: Mission location revealed to ticket buyers on the day of event When: Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. seatings Cost: $10 reservation ticket; menu items $5-8 Rundown: Katie Kwan and Valerie Luu typically focus on Vietnamese fare but thi ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2012
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    January 3, 2012

    This Friday: Rice Paper Scissors Pop-Up at SFMOMA

    ​What: Rice Paper Scissors lunch pop-up Where: The Schwab Room, ground floor, SFMOMA When: Friday, January 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: varies The rundown: Sharon Lockhart's Lunch Break exhibition at SFMOMA contemplates workers' activities during their lunch breaks through film, photogra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Golden Flower's Southern-Style Pho Is as Good as We Get in San Francisco

    Jonathan KauffmanGolden Flower's house special pho.Rice Plate Journal is a yearlong project to canvas Chinatown, block by block, discovering the good, the bad, and the hopelessly mediocre. Maximum entrée price: $10. It is impossible to feel isolated, or adrift, at Golden Flower, Chinatown's best V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Top Five Meals Under $5 in San Francisco

    Thomas Hawk/FlickrCheap eats here.​Now that burritos and falafel wraps cost $8 and a bowl of pho can't be found for less than $6, the under-$5 meal has become a rarity in San Francisco. Damn that Healthy San Francisco. (Kidding.) But the cheap meal is not a unicorn, and there's no need to reso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Banh Mi Dish Duel: Bun Mee vs. Cafe Bunn Mi

    Jonathan KauffmanCafe Bunn Mi's sole sandwich: Not the same as Bun Mee's.​In Hanoi, where copyright laws are laxer than in San Francisco, success and unauthorized cloning go hand in hand. The moment Lucky Hotel gets a good mention in the Lonely Planet guide, five more Lucky Hotels appear, some on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    My Canh and the Problem of Sloppy Noodles

    Jonathan KauffmanMy Canh's bun mang vit (duck soup salad). ​Rice Plate Journal is a yearlong project to canvas Chinatown, block by block, discovering the good, the bad, and the hopelessly mediocre. Maximum entrée price: $10.A pattern with SFoodie's visits to Chinatown restaurants seems to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Vietnamese Thursday Pop-Up Will Deliver Food by Bicycle

    Phil CarterKatie Kwan, left, and Valerie Luu​If you were in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City any time until about a decade ago, chances are you got food delivered by bicycle. The Vietnamese pop-up Rice Paper Scissors will bring Saigon nostalgia to the lower Haight and Fillmore every Thursday night, sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Pho Vung Tau: Nice Space, Functional Noodles

    Jonathan KauffmanBun with grilled pork and shrimp at Pho Vung Tau, $6.25.​ Last month, SF Weekly moved offices to within a mile of Chinatown, allowing me to embark on a new project: systematically visiting a different Chinatown restaurant each week, starting at Powell and Vallejo and moving sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Cafe Grill Bar: Nice Digs, Good Vietnamese Food, Ignore the Name

    Jonathan KauffmanCafe Grill Bar's rice plate with pork, egg cake, and pork skin, $7.50.​You may forgive Cafe Grill Bar for the absence of personality in its name when you walk into the place. The cafe/grill/bar looks like the VIP lounge for Virgin Airlines, or possibly a location shoot for the fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    When Donuts Aren't Enough: Will Cops Keep the New Turtle Tower in Business?

    Luis ChongA Peek Inside Turtle Tower #3.​This week location #3 of the famous Turtle Tower Restaurant offered a glimpse of their food with a limited menu. A sort of test run before the June 1 official grand opening. SFoodie was lucky enough to take a peek while the employees were enjoying their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Rice Paper Scissors 2.0: Vietnam Underground

    Poster by Will Chu​Saigon-Style Pop-Up Where: "An industrial workshop in the Mission"; precise location to be tweeted (or e-mailed) the day of the event When: Thu., Mar. 31, starting at 6 p.m. The rundown: Katie Kwan (KitchenSideCar) and occasional SFoodie blogger Valerie Luu (Little Knock) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Tofu Banh Mi from Ebbett's Good To Go

    John Birdsall Shredded Hodo Soy Beanery tofu with pickled carrots, cucumbers, piquillo peppers, spicy pesto, and sriracha mayo, $8.​Monday, September 13, 2010 John Birdsall​Like Nancy Botwin, East Bay moms Suzanne Schafer and Shari Washburn wanted to do something that would guarantee th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Bacon Banh Mi at Cafe Dolci

    Bacon banh mi from Cafe Dolci ($4.35).Friday, July 9, 2010Cafe Dolci, a downtown coffee stand that serves banh mi and packages of spring rolls and sticky rice at lunch, is just big enough for the owners to pirouette around each other behind the counter. The quickest way to find the restaurant's demu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Spice Kit's Short Rib Ssam Wrap

    John BirdsallKorean ssam with beef short rib ($7.95).​Tuesday, June 29, 2010 After glimpses of four-star glory, Fred Tang and Will Pacio are ministering to the $10 lunch crowd. Opening yesterday: Spice Kit, their quick-casual spot in the office zone where FiDi fuses with SOMA. Tang and Pacio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Little Saigon Cafe (with Happy Dumplings) Offering Mostly Takeout in the Tenderloin

    J. BirdsallHappy Dumpling's happy dumplings, now indoors.​After reading Luis Chong's post yesterday about a new restaurant being opened by the owners of the popular Happy Dumpling stand at the Stonestown farmers' market, SFoodie contacted owner Chuck Kerson to learn more. He and partner Linda Jia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Blue Bottle Trying to Develop Artisanal Version of Vietnamese Drip Coffee

    Genevieve Y./YelpVietnamese screw-down drip filters at My Father's Kitchen.​Requests from S.F. pho restaurant My Father's Kitchen and other customers got Blue Bottle wholesale trainer Vien Dobui thinking. Why couldn't the Oakland-based micro-roaster develop its own artisanal version of Vietnam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    The Outer Mission's Under-the-Radar Banh Mi

    M. LaddChicken banh mi: Mellow hints of five spice.​While the Vietnamese restaurant Lotus Garden (3216 Mission at Fair) can be a fine spot for tea and a hot bowl of pho, it didn't really offer on-the-go lunch options. So owner Kathy Tang quietly started selling takeout-only banh late last year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Sriracha is the New Salsa: Freeman Forecasts 2010 Restaurant Trends

    villagevoice.com2010: Year of the cock?​Local hospitality and restaurant consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co. has just released its annual national forecasting report for 2010, its third annual Trend Watch List. We got a kick out of learning that skewers are totally hot, PLTs -- P standing for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Grab a Spoon, Meat Lovers: A SFoodie Lunch Planner

    Bonnie L./YelpMmm, beefy.​Monday, November 9, 2009 Think of it as the slurpable equivalent of the Double Deep Meat Lover's pizza, only without the cheese, the crust, or, for that matter, the corporate branding. Make your way to the silk-flower fabulousness of the Outer Sunset's Tay Giang, 254 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Local Flavor: Shredded Pork Shoulder with Chá Truong Vit

    J. Birdsall​Dish: Shredded pork shoulder, served with Vietnamese pork quiche with duck egg (chá truong vit) ($12) Source: Out the Door, 2232 Bush (at Fillmore) Breakdown: This is two dishes in one: a tangle of cold pork and pork skin sanded with toasted rice powder, served with a wedge of col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Broke-Ass Foodie: Pho Clement 2

    We try to spend as little time as possible under fluorescents, which is why we were heartened by news that a favorite (if ill-lit) pho place, Pho Clement, added a second location on Geary, sans harsh, flickering lights. Even pho looks better in soft light. There are two dozen numbered combinations h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    Dish Duel: Banh Mi Bay Bridge Classic

    Top: The Ba Le contender. Bottom: The Saigon sammy. A product of French colonialism in Vietnam, the banh mi is classic street food, a sandwich that combines elements of both nations' culinary traditions - France's baguette and pâté, usually, and Vietnam's cilantro, chiles, and pickled ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    The Doggie Bag: Today's Odds and Ends

    Our favorite food blog posts of Tuesday, May 19, 2009 A nation divided: In perhaps the ultimate act of foodie patriotism, the NY Times food blog went on a 50-state search for dishes containing the fiery condiment sriracha, like the cheesesteak dumplings with sriracha ketchup at Philly's Fireside Ta ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 23, 2008

    Two Blocks of Vietnam

    Prowling the jungle of the Tenderloin for hot, sour, salty, and sweet.

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2008
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    February 1, 2008
  • Dining

    January 30, 2008

    The Pho Chronicles

    Upscale setting for the Vietnamese noodle soup that's good for what ails you, but nothing like your mother made

  • Dining

    September 27, 2006

    Bistro on a Budget

    Dine in style without the sticker shock at Jimmie Kwok's

  • Dining

    September 20, 2006

    Three Out of Four

    We like the beautiful decor, excellent service, and interesting drinks more than the uneven food at Bong Su

  • Dining

    July 16, 2003

    Bowl of Sighs

    We try to control ourselves, but we just can't stop ordering Sai's pho ga

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 14, 2003

    Best Vegetarian Pho

    Sunflower Restaurant

  • Dining

    November 13, 2002


    New Saigon City, Turtle Tower, Vietnam II

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    June 19, 2002
  • Best of San Francisco

    May 23, 2001
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    May 23, 2001
  • Dining

    May 9, 2001

    In the House

    Jasmine House

  • Dining

    February 14, 2001

    International Death Match

    Malee Thai & Vietnamese

  • Dining

    January 19, 2000

    Pho Star

    Vi's Vietnamese Cuisine

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