November 15, 2011

Saturday, November 19th | 6:30pm
$50 / BYOB
Exact location emailed the day of the dinner

We're hosting a seven-course Laque Duck Parlor next Saturday, November 19th, the first of our dinner series.

As it gets colder, we're moving from street food to sit-down dinners -- unique places that we’ll transform into our version of a Chinese banquet hall combined with a Vietnamese family-style meal, complete with red and gold decor, communal plates, and steaming soups served in red rimmed bowls.
Join our feast on Saturday, November 19th by purchasing tickets here.
In little red stools and rice paper,

Katie + Valerie

basket of SHRIMP CHIPS
handmade U.S. wild rock shrimp chips

rice porridge with a salted mackerel, slow cooked egg,
ginger, scallions, and white pepper 

with mustard greens, and egg noodles

with dried shrimp and chilies

crispy roasted duck in steamed buns, hoisin, cucumbers, scallions

black sesame powder and almond cookies

a fresh plate of DRAGON EYES fruit
Purchase tickets here


The Laque Duck Parlor was inspired by dishes we’re obsessed with, like Laque Duck, a Peking duck marinated in lime and fish sauce. We’re doing duck two ways: one more Vietnamese (Duck Confit Imperial Rolls, inspired by a soup dish) and Laque Duck Buns that gives a nod to it's Chinese roots with its highly coveted browned, crispy skin, which we achieve by using state-of-the-art technology (aka air compressors). Learn more about our process here.
Our Shrimp Chips, a requisite with Peking duck, were handmade using a three-day process involving some serious summer sun, typically done in Southeast Asia but something we’ve never seen in the States. Wok-Fired Chinese Long Beans is one of our favorite dishes to eat out and fight over with our friends (so much it’s necessary to order at least two). And as customary after a banquet, we’ll be serving dragon eyes, a fresh fruit similar to lychees, but smaller and sweeter.

Spotted: My Doppelganger

November 14, 2011

I was watching clips of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and did a double take when I saw what looked like myself in the video.
I suppose you would've had to know me as a pubescent teenager, but the girl on the left-most side is a dead ringer for moi! I finally found my doppelganger!!!

Pilgrimage Down The Block: A Street Food Short

October 12, 2011

This story pre-dates me having a car – for, if I did, we certainly would not have ended up on the side of the road or, moments later, in the back of a Cadillac Escalade. You see, it was the Divisadero Art Walk and Valerie and I had decided to set up outside The Independent to sell Banh Xeo (vietnamese crepes) and Pho Ga (Chicken Pho) to comers and goers, smokers and scalpers.

(Photo by Phil Carter)

After booking a Zipcar, hustling out for groceries, and packing our Mazda to the brim with portable stoves and little red stools, we were on our way to the show.

Our fatal mistake came an hour and a half into our Zipcar rental when it expired. Amidst loading coolers of chicken stock and securing quarts of pancake batter, we were drained of time. Back at the Zipcar lot we made an attempt to rent another car so we could get to our destination, unload, and set up. Of the eleven Zipcars housed in the Fell and Divisadero gas station, not a single vehicle was available. None. What was worse, we only had two minutes to vacate our car. With no safe place to stow our gear, we stashed it in the bed of somebody else's unclaimed Zipcar pick up truck.

I should probably mention that The Independent is a total of five blocks from our respective houses, and two blocks from the Zipcar lot. However, when you have a six ft table, two coolers, four stoves, two stock pots, and a trail of little red stools those two blocks are unsurmountable.

Of the options we reviewed, my favorites were: setting up in the Zipcar lot under the gas station sign (excellent lighting), serving out of the back the pick-up truck (whose renter still had not shown up to claim his car), and getting Ubercab to take us and all our shit two blocks to our destination (in their town car). Hailing a cab proved futile as it was rush hour in a city with no cabs. And we were on the wrong side of the street for Muni.

Valerie, I think we're gonna have to bum a ride.” I was half joking, half desperate.

I had bummed rides before, but only in Asia (and Mexico). Here, on my home turf, I was pessimistic. Have you ever hitchhiked in San Francisco before? So close to upper Haight, I was worried people might get the wrong idea about me. Who gives rides to two girls and their kitchen in San Francisco?!

Not surprisingly, Valerie found the answer.

Turning her eye towards the cars filling up at the gas station, she approached the biggest load-bearing one she could find: a Cadillac Escalade pick up truck. You'll have to ask her what was said between them, but 40 seconds later Valerie had convinced the young couple to give us and our kitchen a ride down the street.

I was utterly floored by their generosity and kindness. The wife, I assume (I'm embarrassed to say that I don't remember her name), helped us to load everything into the back of the truck, even rearranging her stuff to accommodate ours. She did not bat an eyelash when there was a little spill in the bed of the car (“I've got rags!” Valerie hollered). Who were these people? Sitting in the back of their car I wondered, into what world of San Francisco did I just stumble?

I couldn't understand it. These were the type of people who had white leather interiors, mini bottles of water, and scented wet wipes. What the hell were they doing giving two girls and their stock pots a ride?

Throughout my travels in Asia, I have always wished that I could experience the same sense of discovery I feel abroad, here at home. Stranded, five blocks from my house, I climbed into the gigantic car and navigated through tinted winows.

Needless to say we arrived in style.

August Moon Festival + Piggies!

September 12, 2011

Vietnamese pig and piglets

This edges on eerie...

Happy August Moon Festival.  Eat lots of moon cakes and, if you're in SF, come on down to Mojo Bicycle Cafe to share one with me for Rice Paper Scissors Banh Mi Thursdays!

Rice Paper Scissors + Blue Bottle Coffee!

August 29, 2011

Blue Bottle
On Sunday, September 4th we'll be serving up breakfast banh mi sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee at Blue Bottle's kiosk in Hayes Valley from 10am-3pm.

We've been eyeing this alleyway for years, and we're happy to announce we'll be setting up a shop next to their cool little garage/kiosk. Vien (Blue Bottle's barista trainer) graciously showed us how to make his version of Vietnamese coffee using their 17 ft. Ceiling blend (read more about his previous Viet coffee endeavors on SFoodie). We'll be making it with the traditional Vietnamese filters to give you that nice full-bodied flavor with a hint of condensed milk.

//////////Sunday Brunch @ the Blue Bottle Kiosk//////////
315 Linden Street, San Francisco, CA
Sunday, September 4th

Breakfast Banh Mi - $8
with fried egg and chua lua (Vietnamese ham)
and all the fixin's: homemade mayo and pate, pickled veggies, cilantro, jalapenos

* can be made w/o ham (for the vegi inclined)
Vietnamese Coffee - $3
with Blue Bottle 17 ft. Ceiling and condensed milk (can served iced or hot)

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

A Visit to Fog City Rabbitry

July 20, 2011

A visit to David Tulkin's Fog City Rabbitry yields Flemish Giants, 14 babies, a breeding, an accidental brother sister breeding, and a rabbit terrine.  Curious? These are just a few clips - much much more to come!

Fog City Rabbitry Rough Cut from katie kwan on Vimeo.

Shot and directed by Kasia Cieplak of fake tv and The Atlantic.

Want to buy rabbit for your next meal?  Get down to Fog City Rabbitry and buy the freshest little beast you'll ever get!

The best way to get in touch with David is by email at fogcityrabbitry@gmail.com.

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