Monday, February 15, 2010

leftovers for the hermit

today i was a hermit.

i decided to stay inside, despite it being a lovely day outside. i wasn't in the mood to be social. i suppose i may have been a teeny bit cranky by having a meeting that started at 6am this morning...which meant ensuring that i was awake and that all synapses were firing well before 6am. i doubt that i will ever be a morning person.

i wasn't even in the mood to cook today and it was quite convenient to have leftovers from the weekend. i've been wanting to try and seek out some sichuan food....and thought that i may be able to find some if i made a side trip to flushing in march...but then i mentally slapped myself and thought, WTF, why haven't i tried to find some in san franciso for gawd's sake?

after a bit of research, a decision was made to pay a vist to Z&Y on jackson off of kearny in the city. the meal of the day consisted of a cold beef tendon dish.....


which was an absolute fave......and still pretty yummy as leftovers.....


there was also a chicken dish....i think it was called chicken with explosive chili or something like that....which is an absolute visual experience....




most of it is dried chilies and really isn't as spicy as it looks. the leftover version i had today was decidedly less visually impressive....


but still pretty tasty. fortunately, i also have some leftover tan-tan noodles in my fridge as well.



i haven't had a lot of sichuan food so i don't have a strong basis for comparison, but i know what i like....and this made me a heck of a lot more curious about other sichuan dishes. i like the complex flavors perhaps one day i'll be able to mimic that underlying aroma and taste of the sichuan pepper that seems perfectly aligned with the chilies.


z&y restaurant, 655 Jackson Street, san francisco, ca 94133, http://www.zandyrestaurant.com/zy_menu.html

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