Gow's Takeout | San Francisco-based food blogger bringing you his reviews on San Francisco restaurants, cooking, and recipes and places around the world.

Who am I?

Canadian expat living in the United States who is always up for a good meal.
Time to go to Oahu and Maui! (7/19-7/28)

Time to go to Oahu and Maui! (7/19-7/28)

  Better late than never. With that… July 19th After a 3 1/2 delay at  SFO we were on our way. BTW Delta sucks. They sent the wrong plane. Didn’t have some safety equipment for flying over water.  Plane is old as well. Thought I had old gum on my...
Stinky but delicious! - Stir-Fried Ong Choy Recipe with Shrimp Paste

Stinky but delicious! – Stir-Fried Ong Choy Recipe with Shrimp Paste

I was at the Noe Valley’s farmers market yesterday and spotted some fresh ong choy! I bought one bunch for under $3.                                                        ...
Rich Table

Rich Table

My Hong Kong trip post is taking a long time to put together. So many pictures. So much food. In the meantime, here is something to remind you that I’m still here. August? Last post? Really? Too long. Rich Table. Took over spot from the long running Paul K which...
State Bird Provisions

State Bird Provisions

I must admit when I first heard about State Bird Provisions and its “dim sum style” dining I was more than a bit skeptical. However, I kept it in the back of my mind. And I’m glad I did! Anna booked a month in advance and we were able to...
Roast Pork with Shrimp Paste

Roast Pork with Shrimp Paste

This is my mum’s recipe and is probably one of my favourite Chinese dishes growing up. If you haven’t had shrimp paste before it might not be your cup of tea. But give it a try. You won’t regret it. Delicious! This is one of the shrimp paste brands I...
Homemade Chinese Roast Pork

Homemade Chinese Roast Pork

I had a craving. Chinese Style Roast Pork. Crunchy skin. Layer of fat that melts in your mouth. Meat that is tender and moist. Not too salty. I still haven’t found a Chinese BBQ place in the Bay Area that satisfies all my criteria. I decided this would be the...
Kare-Ken (Japanese Curry House)

Kare-Ken (Japanese Curry House)

I had drinks tonight at 620 Jones and decided to stop by to try Kare-Ken. No one was there when I arrived a little after 9pm. What to order? I struck up a conversation with one of the owners (who was very nice) and he suggested one of the katsu...
Dean's Drive Inn

Dean’s Drive Inn

Another beautiful hot day in Honolulu and we were headed to a mall? In Kaneohe? It didn’t seem right with the beach and ocean all around us. But it had a train…for kids. So off we headed to the Windward Mall. The only good thing was we’d be very close...
Madame So's Wok-Roasted Chicken

Madame So’s Wok-Roasted Chicken

Ok, this has been a long time coming. I think my last post was a month ago! This chicken dish is probably one of my favorites. Every time I think about it, I can picture it being made in our home in Ottawa. Hot off the stove, my mum would...
Gialina

Gialina

The past month has gone by fast! I realized I haven’t posted anything new in almost a month. So let’s break the streak! Last weekend we went to Gialina which is in Glen Park and about a 5 minute drive from our place. We’ve had takeout from there once and...
Plow

Plow

I am always on the lookout for new brunch places and Plow was on my radar. We tried to go a few months back but the long line outside the restaurant combined with pouring rain forced us to go elsewhere. However, this time, no line and although busy we were...
Super Duper Burger

Super Duper Burger

Super Duper Burger was, well, super good! Parents were in town and I was in the mood for a burger. Thankfully they were too. Stepped into this place and had a nice vibe. It wasn’t too busy when we got there but was full by the time we left. I...
Chinese Braised Chicken Wings

Chinese Braised Chicken Wings

I periodically dig around my freezer to make sure I’m circulating through frozen meat and seafood that I buy from the farmers market and elsewhere. In the past, I’ve had product go bad because of freezer burn which is a waste of money and totally avoidable! This time I found...
Chinese Braised Beef and Tendons

Chinese Braised Beef and Tendons

  I had made Chinese beef stew (gnau nam) awhile back and blogged about it. One thing that I was missing at the time was beef tendon which really makes this dish for me.  I could have gone to Ranch 99 and got the beef tendon there but hesitated because...
Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

My aunt has this awesome recipe for Kung Pao Chicken which is found in her Yan Kit’s Classic Chinese Cookbook. It’s fairly easy and quick to put together and most (if not all) of the ingredients are readily available from your local market. The key is to not overcook the...
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Honolulu Trip Report (2/29-3/4)

Honolulu Trip Report (2/29-3/4)

I had a chance for a quick getaway with the family to Honolulu, HI from 2/29 to 3/4. Fly in, eat some new grub and fly back out. Ok, there was more to it than that. It was Anna’s grandma’s 90th birthday celebration and everyone who is anyone was flying back for it! During my...
Ramen Underground

Ramen Underground

A few co-workers wanted to hit ramen for lunch but I was a bit busy with a few things at work so declined. However, I was curious where they were going given there are no decent ramen places near work. So I asked. And when they said, “Ramen Underground”, I was in. It’s located along...
PPQ Dungeness Island - Happy New Year!

PPQ Dungeness Island – Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! I’ve been dying for dungeness crab ever since the local crab season started back at the end of November. The opportunity presented itself NYE so took full advantage of it. I hadn’t been to PPQ forever so was excited to try it again. Parking in this neighborhood is a nightmare so...
Ethel's Grill

Ethel’s Grill

Alright I’m a little behind in writing my posts. I should have a few more recipes to post soon (I’ve been testing a number of Chinese recipes) but in the meantime, here’s something to look forward to the next time you head to Honolulu. This is from our late September Honolulu trip so not the...
Guu Garlic

Guu Garlic

On our recent October trip to Vancouver, we had a free night go out for dinner. I’ve been wanting to try Kingyo Izakaya for a long while so we headed over to Denman. Unfortunately, we got to the restaurant and it was packed. The wait was well over a hour and although my parents were...
FATTY'S Chinese Kitchen

FATTY’S Chinese Kitchen

I’m finally getting around to blogging about my late September trip to Hawaii which was awesome. First off, every day we were there it was 86F with one day almost hitting 90F. Sunny. Blue water. Beach. Humid. Hot. Real Hot. Loved it. And so did the family. We got in around noon which is perfect...
HRD Cafe

HRD Cafe

Freedom. I had a free Thursday which was made even better because it was super warm and sunny out. I had arranged to meet my friend for lunch at 12:15pm in front of HRD Cafe. I got there a few minutes before and was braced for a huge line based on reviews I had read....
Happy Bakery and Deli (Ming Kee)

Happy Bakery and Deli (Ming Kee)

I was getting my haircut last month and I asked everyone there what their favorite Chinese BBQ place was in SF. To-date mine was Win’s on Taraval. A customer piped up that Cheung Hing on Noriega was one of the best. But she also thought Ming Kee “somewhere on Ocean” had the best soy sauce chicken...
Boxing Room

Boxing Room

Anna’s mum  was in town over July 4th weekend so we were able to leave the kids with her and go out on a rare “date night”! Problem was we didn’t know where to go. I had done a little bit of research beforehand but the places I wanted to try were difficult to get...
Win's Restaurant (takeout)

Win’s Restaurant (takeout)

Win’s is the best Chinese BBQ place I know of in San Francisco. They cover the typical food dish categories like “chicken”, beef”, “pork”, “congee”, “braised noodles”, “yee mein”, “chow mein and chow fun” but I think the best thing they have is the BBQ meats. I’ve eaten in countless times and do takeout from...