Sheridan Su

Friday, April 30, 2010

Asian Food in D.F. ! Part 1

I must good as tacos, tamales, mole and pozole are, I miss good ol' Asian food. This past week, I ventured out with Jenny in search for some delicious grub.

Cafe Amano, Cafeteria Japonesa

Cappuchino Frio and Floatante de Soda

Ribeye beef bowl and Curry Rice.

Ka Won Seng, huo guo Wednesday (hotpot Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Large selection for the huo guo (literally meaning, "firepot"). Basically, this is a ¨do it yourself¨ kind of meal. A large variety of proteins, vegetables, and starches are laid out on a table. A server will bring each person their own pot of hot broth. Then, you grab a combination of sauces for dipping. When the broth comes to a boil, you can swish your proteins and vegetables in the broth until your desired doneness. Dip into sauce, and savor!
-Beef, shrimp, blue crab, squid, fish ball, beef ball, cockles, mussels, bay scallops, sea bass, frog legs
-Decent selection of Chinese greens, along with mushrooms, vermicelli noodles, and dumplings
-A delicous array of Chinese salads including cucumber salad, pig's ear salad, seaweed salad
-Dim Sum: ham siu gok, egg custard, and fried sesame ball
-About a dozen sauces to choose and mix from

Tokio Restaurante @ Calle Hamburg

Ha Rim Gak @ Calle Londres

ZhaJiangMien, Korean style
I love ZhaJiangMien. There are many regional variations on this dish. I grew up eating the Taiwanese version. It was something my mom made for me when I was a youngster, and it was also something that she ate as a child. I will include a recipe in the near future.

Super Oriental Market, Coyoacan

Super Oriental

The results...fantastic solid cooking, authentic flavors, with an ambiance that brought me back home.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Santa Fe Construction

View from outside patio of Social House.


Part of the lounge

Space for walk in and freezer

My future kitchen.
(The entire hot line is the length of the brick wall)

Construction continues to move along in Santa Fe. The completion date is looking to be May 24 and kitchen installation will take 7-10 days. I must say, that this kitchen will probrably be the smallest I've ever worked out of. It doesn't look to be more than 300 sq. ft. The space is to fit the hot line, the pass, prep area, a 3 compartment sink, beverage station, dry storage, a walk in refrigerator and freezer, the dish pit, server's station, and a pastry station that is barely even a space at all!

Only one solution:

We're going vertical. That means tons of shelving and being extremely organized.

There are two restaurants already opened in the Paragon building:
-City Bistro
-Le Bodocua

Also going in beside Social House are:
-a restaurant by Los Canarios
-Artnoc, a wine shop

Monday, April 5, 2010

Opening soon...?

Construction @ Social House Santa Fe is starting to come along. The kitchen should be done by mid-May and we're anticipating grand opening in June.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Scenes from Santa Fe

Santa Fe is Mexico City's major business district, and is located along the western edge of Mexico City. It's a city within a city, but isn't as big as it looks. I've walked the city in a couple of hours. It consists mainly of skyscrapers and is home to many mainstream companies such as Nokia, GE, Ford and many others. It is also home to the restaurant I'm here to open: SOCIAL HOUSE.
The mega building project started about twenty years ago in Santa Fe, and is still going! Before that, it consisted of a landfill and sand mines.

I compare Santa Fe's building situation with Shanghai's Pudong District or even Dubai.

Check it out!

Golf driving range

Paragon Santa Fe (location of Social House)

Centro Commercial Santa Fe - The largest mall in Latin America

In Santa Fe, many skyscrapers are given nicknames, such as:
"Pantalones" meaning "Pants" building.

"The Washing Machine" building.