Banana Island – Daly City

Banana Island Mango ChickenBanana Island
416 Westlake Ctr
Daly City, CA 94015

Rated: ♣♣♣

Banana Island has been around for a while, and every time I go there, I’m generally pleased with everything I order – most of the time satisfied, sometimes underwhelmed. I used to have to wait 20 minutes for a table, but it’s much easier now thanks to the brand new parking structure out front. I’m sure it’s hurt business since the restaurant is completely obstructed from the street. Nonetheless, I’m able to eat here with no wait!

The food:

There is a plethora of items on their menu celebrating East Asian cuisine, specifically Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai. They’ve got a mix of curries, noodles, seafood, and the famous roti (paper-thin bread fried and dipped in a coconut curry).

Roti – I’ve come here a few times when this is the only thing I’ve ordered. It’s addicting. The mildly chewy and crispy bread dipped into the creamy and semi-spicy curry is such comfort food. The best part of this dish is the soaked potato in the cup of curry. Don’t let them take the curry away after you’ve finished with your roti, though. Save it and pour it on your rice!

Singapore Tofu – This is my favorite dish at Banana Island. It consists of lightly battered and fried silky tofu mixed with shrimp, chicken, snow peas and mushrooms. The tofu just melts in my mouth.

Pineapple Fried Rice – Sometimes, this is a hit or miss. I’ve had it a few times where the entire dish is really sour because of bad pineapple. One time, I asked them why it was so sour and they said that their last shipment of pineapple wasn’t good. Don’t sell it then! But, when the pineapples are fresh, this dish is pretty good.

Mango Chicken – Also, another favorite of mine. Tender, juicy chicken mixed with crunchy mangoes and drenched in a sweet/tart sauce. Yum!

Basil Noodles – This is pretty much chow fun with tons of basil. It’s amazing how basil can completely change the taste of a classic chow fun. Although the taste was there, I thought there were too many bean sprouts. I rather have a load of noodles than the crunchy vegetable.

Fried Bananas – I’m a sucker for desserts, especially those involving fruits. You really can’t screw up fried bananas, so of course, I loved this dish. Who wouldn’t love a gooey banana that’s deep fried in batter?

Chocolate Peanut Roti – Banana Island has a whole section on roti desserts. The one that caught our eye is the roti filled with chocolate and peanuts. The mixture of chocolate and peanuts was thick, creamy and nutty. Such a sinful treat.

As I’ve continuously mentioned throughout this post, this restaurant is a hit or miss. They’ve got some amazing dishes and some duds. It’s good enough for a 3-clubber, though.

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Flavor of the Week – Roast Pork Flavored Lays

Lays Roast Pork Flavor

Posts for FotW are way past due. One of the weird hobbies K and I are into is to try different kinds of foreign snacks. A couple weeks ago, by brother handed me a bag of potato chips he got from a friend who recently returned from Thailand. It was a pack of roast pork flavored Lay’s. That’s crazy! The bag consisted of 2 different kinds of chips. The rigid chip was the pork flavor and the smooth chip was the sauce. The flavor resemblance to the real thing was uncanny. Must be the MSG….

Check out the other unique flavors of Lay’s here.

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Osha – San Francisco

Osha Thai
Neighborhood: Financial District
4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94110

Rated: ♣♣♣

Osha has been getting a lot of buzz in the SF food world right now. They’re popping up everywhere around the city! Some better than others, but generally pretty good.

The scene:

Osha is a trendy Thai restaurant with 7 locations around the city. Dishes range from $10-$20, but portions are on the smaller side as opposed to other Thai restaurants. I do admit each branch is a little inconsistent with their dishes, but the food is pretty decent.

The food:

My lunch buddy and I shared the Green Papaya Salad and the Stir-fried Green Curry Noodles, which came out to a little over $20. Kind of pricey since we ordered a salad and a noodle dish.

Green Papaya Salad – I ordered this quite a few times at the location in Glen Park and it always comes out incredibly spicy no matter how hot I tell them. I don’t mind this too much because I love the heat. I was expecting the salad at the Embarcadero location to be just as spicy, so I ordered it with medium heat but was disappointed when it came out not spicy at all. The ingredients were fresh and all the other flavors were there. It was just missing the heat.

Stir-fried Green Curry Noodles – This was such an interesting dish. It consisted of spaghetti noodles mixed with a spicy green curry, bamboo shoots, basil, green beans, carrots and chicken. I’m going to try to make this at home since it seems pretty easy to make.

All-in-all, Osha is pretty satisfactory. I keep coming back because they have some winners and it’s close to my work and home, but there are much better Thai restaurants in the city

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