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Rice Broker [San Francisco]


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Rice Broker [San Francisco]

mariacarmen | Jul 15, 2012 07:54 PM

Two of us shared these things at Rice Broker last night:

CRISPY CHICKEN - panko-breaded chicken breast, shaved brussels sprouts, korean-style bbq sauce; PORK AND GINGER MEATBALLS - slow-cooked, deep-flavored rice porridge, bok choy, black sesame; FRIED RICE - Chinese sausage, scallion, egg, carrot & pumpkin seeds; and a special - a spicy/lemony stir-fry of calamari and cauliflower - which was maybe the best thing of the evening - Chef Neil Jorgensen has a way with cauliflower - but it was all really good. I was surprised at how much we liked all the food - though I don't know why - I loved Spork.

The chicken reminded me of tonkatsu, crispy and tender. The flavor was a little on the bland side, but maybe intentionally so as it came with three assertive dipping sauces - a thai spicy/sweet chili, a korean bbq, and a yellow mustard.

The pork and ginger meatballs was more like a soup than porridge, and won second place - really deeply flavored, complex, rich without being cloying or heavy - i think i detected Chinese 5 spice but it was difficult to name all the different flavors. a really delicious dish. We took most of this home since we over-ordered and I’m happy to have some to eat today.

The fried rice was good and satisfying, and i loved the surprise of biting into pumpkin seeds. nice and gingery, too.

It’s a cash only place now, you order at the counter and they bring you your food, and it’s beer only (no wine) – a very casual atmosphere. There is a sign on the counter that everything is made fresh to order, so the food might take a little longer. Nevertheless, we asked if we could possibly get out in less than an hour to make a show, and they accommodated us. We sat at the counter, and thanked Chef for our meal. He responded with his appreciation, and bid us enjoy our show.

Our server said the neighborhood is protesting the owners of the building razing the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building and putting up condos in that space, which is why Spork closed, so Rice Broker may be around longer than they originally thought. Which is a very good thing.

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