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trip report: New World Market, Oyaji, Sam Lok, Thai Buddhist temple, Hawthorne Lane, etc

Carl | Mar 30, 200505:52 PM

I spent several days in the bay area and planned my meals using this board.

Moscow and Tiblisi Bakery. I got three pastries, all of which were disappointing.

New World Market. A great place. I got a small loaf of dense Latvian corn bread and a jar of German herring. Both were very good.

Oyaji. Generally very good. Hit and miss, but the pork dish was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Sam Lok. I got the dumplings in chili oil. They were awful.

Shanghai in Oakland. I got the small steamed buns and the rice balls stuffed with pork. Both were rather good, but they weren't much of a sample of the menu.

I also went to Little Kabul in Fremont. There isn't much to it, just two stores and a few restaurants. At the larger store I had an excellent pastry, a square with maybe apricot filling and nuts on top. I also had some crunchy yellow raisins, which were rather good. They have an active bakery that was turning out three-foot loaves of naan, which were cool but unfortunately didn't seem cool enough to actually buy one.

Hong Kong Bakery in Mountain View. I got three pastries: an almond cookie, a small moon cake with red date paste, and a fish cookie filled with something else. All were excellent. This was the best chow of the trip.

New China Delight in Mountain view. I got the chili jello, the dumplings in chili oil, and the water cooked lamb. The jello and lamb were both very good. The dumplings tasted like cheese tortellini, which was odd, but they were good anyway.

Hawthorne Lane. I got the salmon cooked in parchment on some kind of tomato relish with mussels and curry sausage. The bread was fairly good but not special enough. The salmon was moist and interesting to eat but didn't have much flavor. The mussels and sausage, however, were excellent.

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