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How to Eat Asia with One Stomach (SF)

Nab | Jan 11, 2010 06:56 AM

It seems as though these days I only get to SF (from Boston presently) for short work trips that leave me scrambling to figure out a good single meal or maybe two if I’m lucky. Last time, circumstances were constraining to the point of impossible, yet I still made out like a bandit, no small thanks to y’all. (

This time, I’ve got a little more room for opportunity, but only so much room in my belly (dining solo) for a Friday dinner and a Saturday early lunch. I eat Chinese food in SF. I eat Burmese food in SF. Etc. These are not cuisines that are generally suitable for solo-dining if one wants to do it right, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

I’ve got a hard hankering for hand-pulled noodles, and would love to be able to think I could content myself with a steaming bowl of niu rou mien or la mien or any ol’ good mien for that matter. Seems as though both the Kings (of Noodle and Won Ton) on Irving are kings some days, jesters others. That said, a bowl of fresh hand-pulled noodles makes for a good solo dining option.

As does a bubbling bowl of soondubu or gamjatang or goat stew or any of the other superlative soups in the Korean repertoire. I see some notes on Shin Toe Bul Yi and My Tofu House for soondubu and To Hyang for goat stew, but am open to more compelling suggestions, if they exist.

Along similar lines, are there are suggested strategies to make a civilized meal for one at one of your fine Burmese joints about town ?

I am open to other ideas, within the general aforementioned context (and the fact that I’m staying in SF proper sans car) – particular strengths of regional Chinese favoured, as but one example. Also have a soft spot in my heart for any specialty restaurant mastering a single special something dish.

I would greatly appreciate any help and insight !!


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