Rice Paper Scissors Goes Up North!

August 2, 2011

Rice Paper Scissors North
Wednesday, August 10th
Location: Announced the day of
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Chris McNally
Hanoi is home to some of Vietnam's more treasured dishes: chicken pho and beef pho, the gateway dishes of Vietnamese cuisine. But since they're a staple in the Bay Area, we wanted to pay tribute to a few of our favorite (and perhaps lesser-known) Hanoi dishes.

Katie's obsessed with the Butter Braised Sweet Corn and Dried Shrimp (Bap Xao), the first Vietnamese street food item she ever tried. She recalls street vendors quickly sauteeing it up, mixing a simple combo of butter, corn, shrimp and chili with scallion oil to create the most succulent and tasty treat.

I'm excited to cook Crab and Shrimp Rice Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu), my first childhood food obsession. My grandma made me this tomato broth soup topped with chunks of ground crab and shrimp and served with rice noodles, fried tofu and Vietnamese herbs.
Lastly, we're bringing a cult favorite from Hanoi: Pan-Seared Tumeric Fish with Dill (Cha Ca). If there is one dish that sums up Hanoi, it is this sizzling hot pan of golden catfish. Born in a quiet alleyway in Hanoi, Cha Ca, or pan-seared tumeric fish, perfumed the air with it's heady mixture of tumeric, galangal, and dill.  So well received was this pairing that it gave what is now known as Fried Fish Alley it namesake.
These days, many Hanoi restaurants serve up this simple yet addictive dish. However, none is more renowned than Cha Ca La Vong, which lists it as the solitary item on the menu. Despite its modest decor, hungry eaters brave death-by-motorbike to get down on this fish. Served on a bed of rice noodles and a generous sprinkling of peanuts, it is the only thing patrons need. That, and a cold beer to wash it down. We're only doing a limited number of this dish, so make sure to pre-order it here before our event.

It's awhile since our last pop-up, so we're excited to come back with our biggest menu yet (after the jump!) Join us as we bring truly distinctive Hanoi dishes to the streets of San Francisco!

In little red stools and rice paper,

Valerie + Katie
P.S. If you dig this poster, our uber talented friend Chris McNally will be selling his handmade prints at our pop-up. Be sure to check out more of his bike-inspired prints currently on display at Mojo Cafe.


Rice Paper Scissors Goes North

Wild Rock Shrimp Chips
housemade wild caught shrimp

Honey Caramelized Pork Jerky
housemade and grilled-to-order

Green Papaya Salad
served with fried shallots, roasted peanuts, Vietnamese herbs and house pork jerky

Butter Braised Sweet Corn and Dried Shrimp
sauteed with Thai chili and scallion oil

Crab and Shrimp Rice Noodle Soup
crab and shrimp stuffed tomatoes with fried tofu, rice noodles, and morning glory in a tomato broth

Pan-Seared Tumeric Fish
tossed with galangal, dill, and scallions on a bed of rice vermicelli
and served with black sesame crackers, fresh herbs, and roasted peanuts
pre-order here

Pork Belly Banh Mi
Vietnamese sandwich with pork belly, housemde chicken pate, mayo, carrot/daikon pickles, jalapenos

Seared Tofu Banh Mi
Vietnamese sandwich with Maggi-seared tofu, mushrooms, housemade mayo, carrot/daikon pickles, jalapenos

Vegan Seared Tofu Banh Mi
Vietnamese sandwich with Maggi-seared tofu, mushrooms, vegan mayo, carrot/daikon pickles, jalapenos

Coconut Sorbet
housemade sorbet with black sesame powder

Iced Ginger Limeade
young ginger and fresh lime juice

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