1. Nnnnyaaayyy to the Year of the Horse

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    Lunar New Year Brunch

    Saturday, February 1st

    Brick and Mortar Music Hall / 1710 Mission Street at 13th

    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    We rung in the 2014 at our new restaurant at Brick and Mortar Music Hall, and now we’re stoked to ring in the 2014 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Horse.

    Last year we threw a series of events to celebrate the Lunar New Year, but this year we’re going to go by an old Vietnamese proverb to focus on the essentials of the Tết, the Vietnamese New Year —

    Thịt mỡ, dưa hành, câu đối đỏ,

    Cây nêu, tràng pháo, bánh trưng xanh

    Fat pork, salted shallots, crimson couplets

    New Year pole, strings of crackers, green rice cakes

    We’re going to bring you exactly that with housemade Banh Chung (Vietnamese New Year cakes), Banh Bia (Vietnamese mooncakes), as well as other bites to bring you luck in the New Year.

    Wishing you lots of little red envelopes and little red stools,

    Valerie, Katie

    and the Rice Paper Scissors team

    Starters

    Fried Daikon Cakes - 6

    crispy rice cakes made with daikon, Chinese sausage and dried shrimp

    Pho Bao - 6

    steamed buns filled with beef pho broth, ground beef, scallions, cilantro, and lime

    Banh Chung - Tet Sticky Rice Cake - 7

    sticky rice with ground pork and mung beans, steamed in banana leaves

    The filling resembles the different layers of the earth - a humble representation of the earth we live in.

    Mains

    Chicken Xiu Mai Banh Mi - 9

    chicken meatballs in a ginger-tomato sauce pate served with housemade mayo, chicken liver pate, cucumbers and cilantro

    Pho Ga - Chicken Pho - 13

    fresh rice noodles in ginger chicken broth, served with poached chicken, shaved onions, culantro, scallions and lime leaves.

    Pho Ga Dac Biet - Special Chicken Pho - 15

    same as above plus confit gizzards, quail eggs and chicken feet

    Buddha’s Delight - 13

    cellophane noodle stir-fry with tofu, shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, lily buds and roasted ginko nuts

    Long noodles = long life.

    Thit Heo Kho - Caramelized Pork and Egg Rice Plate - 13

    caramel claypot baby backribs braised in star anise, coconut water and fish sauce, served with a soft egg and broken rice and dua gia.

    This classic Vietnamese New Year dish, represents family with whole eggs, symbols of life and fertility.

    Banh Bia - 5

    Vietnamese mooncake with flaky crust filled with mung beans and a salted egg yolk

    Similar to the Chinese mooncake!

    Drinks

    Jasmine Tea - 3

    Vietnamese Iced Coffee - 3

    slow-dripped Trung Nguyen coffee with condensed milk

    Kumquat Ginger Beer - 3

    housemade ginger beer with candied kumquats

    Kumquat trees are often used to decorate the house for the Lunar New Year.

     
  2. A few photos from our third annual New Year’s Day Brunch which took place at Brick & Mortar, our new restaurant space.

    Happy to ring in the new year with lots of new and familiar faces. Always feels special to start the first day of the new year with y’all.

    Our resolutions in 2014: starting lunch service at Brick & Mortar in February, working hard to build our future restaurant, and continuing to make soulful Vietnamese food for you guys.

    Cheers,

    Valerie, Katie and the Rice Paper Scissors team

    Photos by Andria Lo. Full set here.

     

  3. New Year’s Day Brunch at our new brick and mortar

    Wednesday, January 1st

    Brick and Mortar Music Hall / 1710 Mission Street at 13th

    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    New year, new beginnings.

    On January 1st, we’re hosting our annual New Year’s Day Brunch at Brick and Mortar Music Hall, our new kitchen and Rice Paper Scissors HQ.

    We’ve got our Breakfast Banh Mi, Hanoi-Style Pho and more to keep you warm and toasty. Brick and Mortar will be behind the bar with bloody marys and mimosas to keep the new year spirit going.

    In the past, we’ve popped up in garages on Valencia, at the iconic Whiz Burger, and now excited to break into our new home on Mission and 13th Street.

    Brick and Mortar Music Hall is a cozy music venue in the Mission with nice decor and even nicer people that run it. We are excited to take over their kitchen and we plan on serving lunch there Monday through Friday in early 2014. Think of it as our permanent pop-up or temporary brick-and-mortar.

    Until then, pull up a little red stool and join us for Vietnamese brunch on the first day of the new year and our new space!

    Valerie, Katie and the Rice Paper Scissors team

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    Menu

    Starters

    Ham Sui Gok - Fried Mochi Dumplings - 8

    fried mochi dumplings filled with pork and shiitake mushrooms

    Mushroom Pâté Chaud - 6

    puff pastry filled with ground chicken, pate, and wood ear mushrooms

    (+) add a fried egg - 1

    Dry Fried Chicken Wings - 11

    crispy chicken wings served with a lemongrass and chili glaze

    Mains

    Breakfast Banh Mi - 9

    two fried eggs and cha lua (Vietnamese ham) with housemade pate, mayo, daikon pickles, cucumbers and cilantro

    Vegetarian Breakfast Banh Mi - 9

    two fried eggs with housemade pate, mayo, daikon pickles, cucumbers and cilantro

    Hanoi-Style Beef Pho - 13

    fresh rice noodles in beef broth with hanger steak, shaved onions, cilantro, scallions and limes

    Vegetarian Ca Ri - 13

    Madras yellow coconut curry with market vegetables. served with rice, buttered baby carrots and dill

    Drinks

    Jasmine Tea - 3

    Vietnamese Iced Coffee - 3

    shot of slow dripped Trung Nguyen coffee with condensed milk

    Kumquat Ginger Beer - 3

    housemade ginger beer with candied kumquats. cure for the common hangover.

    Full bar from Brick and Mortar bar - bloody marys and mimosas for all!

     

  4. Brunch this Saturday at Dear Mon

    Brunch @ Dear Mom

    • When: Saturday, December 14th / 11:30am-3:30pm
    • Where: Dear Mom - 2700 16th Street @ Harrison
    • A-la-carte brunch + full bar. Walk-ins. Cash only.
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    People eat pho here for dinner, but in Vietnam it’s often eaten as breakfast. Pho Ga (or Chicken Pho) will help take away any hanger (anger due to hunger) or hangover or hangry hangover you might have.

    We also have two rice plates, starting with Bo Ne (Steak and Eggs) Rice Plates — tri-tip steak served with two eggs, chicken liver pate, grilled onions and tomatoes over jasmine rice.

    Eggs and Rice Rice, our vegetarian rice plate, has two eggs, stir-fried yuba (or tofu skins) and an assortment of grilled veggies. It’s served with com do ca chua, commonly known as red rice, which is rice fried with tomato paste and garlic.

    For a sweet treat, Katie Kwan will be frying up housemade steamed buns to make Vietnamese beignets, topped with cinnamon and sugar and served with a coconut jam.

    See you on Saturday!

    Valerie, Katie and Felicia

    Photo by Melissa Rachel Black

    Menu

    Ham Sui Gok - 8
    fried mochi dumplings filled with pork and shiitake 
    mushrooms

    Mushroom Pâté Chaud - 6
    puff pastry filled with ground chicken, pate, and wood ear mushrooms

    (+) add a fried egg - 1

    Pho Ga - Chicken Pho - 13
    fresh rice noodles in ginger chicken broth, served with poached chicken, shaved onions, culantro, scallions and lime leaves

    Pho Ga Long - Special Chicken Pho - 15
    same as above plus poached egg yolks and confit chicken gizzards

    Rice Plates

    Bo Ne Rice Plate - Steak and Eggs Rice Plate - 13
    tri-tip steak and two eggs with chicken liver pate, grilled onion, tomatoes served over jasmine rice

    Com Do Ca Chua - Eggs and Red Rice Plate - 13
    two eggs, grilled vegetables and stir-fried yuba served over com do ca chua (tomato and garlic fried rice)

    Dessert and Drinks

    Vietnamese Beignets - 6
    fried steamed buns with Vietnamese cinnamon and coconut srikaya

    Vietnamese Iced Coffee - 3
    shot of slow dripped Trung Nguyen coffee with condensed milk

    Suan Mei Tang - Smoked Plum Tea Sparkler - 3
    smoked plum and hawthorn tea with housemade ginger ale

     

  5. Pho Night in Photos

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    Our pop-ups at Dear Mom have always been a special experience for us: we get to serve food in the Mission, where we spend most of our time cooking and working.

    At last Sunday’s Pho Night, the support was so overwhelming that we sold out of food early in the night. We would have loved to have fed every person who came out, but we will have to save that for the next time.

    Special thanks to Andria Lo for capturing the pho in photos and Amanda Luu for foraging liquor bottles and putting beautiful flowers in them.

    View the full photo set here.

    Stay dry, keep warm, eat pho.

    Valerie, Katie and Felicia

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  6. We’re having our 2nd anniversary party this Thursday at Mojo Bicycle Cafe. Free Chinatown cake* while supplies last!

    *Chinatown cake is what we call the out-of-this world spongecake found at Chinese bakeries.

     

  7. Pho Night this Sunday

    Pho Night @ Dear Mom

    Sunday, November 17th

    2700 16th Street (at Harrison)

    4:00-11:30pm

    Pho weather is upon us. It’s crispy outside, which is why we’ll be bringing three types of noodle soups to enjoy for Sunday Night Dinner on November 17th.

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    First up, we have our Hanoi-Style Beef Pho. It’s made with a six-hour broth with sliced hanger steak and thick noodles that we pick up fresh everyday from our purveyors in the Mission. Make it Dac Biet (or Special) with extra add-ons of beef brisket, beef balls and tripe.

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    The Banh Canh Cha Ca has all its components in the name. Check it:

    Banh = noodles (and in this case, thick housemade tapioca noodles, similar to udon)
    Canh = soup (a fish, pork and tomato broth)
    Cha Ca = fishcake, more specially, a dill cod fishcake, the lead singer in a seafood and pork ensemble including fish balls, pork shank and shrimp

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    Lastly, our Buddha’s Mien is a tribute to the vegan noodles we once had in the Mekong Delta: glass noodles with fried tofu, kabocha squash and braised daikon in a star anise and mushroom stock.

    We’ve got small bites to share: dry fried chicken wings, potstickers, and mushroom pho rolls and warm red bean mochi pancakes.

    See you soon!

    Menu

    Starters

    Pho Cuon Chay - Mushroom Pho Rolls - 8 (vegan)
    fresh rice noodle rolls filled with beech mushrooms, fried tofu, and Thai basil. served with nuoc cham chay.

    Dry Fried Chicken Wings - 11
    crispy chicken wings served with a lemongrass and chili glaze

    Pork and Ginger Potstickers - 9
    served with soy and red vinaigrette

    Kabocha and Shiitake Potstickers - 9 (vegan)
    served with ginger scallion oil

    Soup

    Hanoi-Style Beef Pho - 13
    fresh rice noodles in beef broth with hanger steak, shaved onions, cilantro, scallions and limes

    Pho Bo Dac Biet - Special Beef Pho - 15
    same as above plus brisket, blood cubes and tripe

    Banh Canh Cha Ca - 13
    fish and pork noodle soup with a tomato broth, housemade tapioca noodles, dill fishcake, fish balls, pork shank and shrimp

    Buddha’s Mien - 13 (vegan)
    bean thread noodles with fried tofu, kabocha squash, yuba and braised daikon in a ginger, daikon, mushroom, and star anise broth. served with scallion, onions, jalapenos, cilantro and limes

    Dessert

    Red Bean Mochi Pancake - 5
    a la mode with Fish Sauce Ice Cream - 8

     

  8. Rice Paper Scissors at Macy’s / Thursday, October 24th

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    A Night of Fashion

    hosted by Macy’s Union Square & San Francisco Magazine

    Thursday, October 24th
    Macy’s Union Square / Third Floor 
    6-8pm / free
    food, music, fashion

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    We rarely get girly (kitchen life makes it hard) but we always love an excuse to. Macy*s is throwing a happy hour to celebrate fall fashion with free after-work fun complete with a nail/braid bar, clothing styling and food.

    The deets:

    -  pho rolls and cookies from us

    - pop up closet styled by SF Blogger Krystal Bick from This Time Tomorrow

    - nail bar Pams & Kin and Braid Bar by Le Burge’t Salon SF

    - jams from DJ Kelly and KiWi TIME

    Come get fed and done up with us! If you’re hungry for more, we’ll also be at Mojo Bicycle Cafe from 6-10pm with our fall menu: Seafood and Pork Tapioca Soup and the Eight Treasures Rice Plate.

    Valerie, Katie + Felicia

     

  9. Phases of the Moon(cake)

    The Autumn Moon Festival is the time of year to eat mooncakes. So we made our own called Banh Pia, a Vietnamese version with lotus seed paste, candied coconut and salted egg. It’s similar to the molded Chinese ones you see around, except it has a flaky crust.

    Step by step photos with Katie as the chef and hand model.

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    Soaked lotus seeds

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    Lotus seed paste with candied coconuts

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    Salted duck egg

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    Putting our stamp on it

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    Part of the Autumn Moon Festival is sharing them with family, friends and business colleagues. We biked around the Mission and handed them out to our favorite vendors, starting with Duc Loi Supermarket on 18th and Mission.

    Here, Amanda (Duc Loi’s owner, banh mi maker, and overall mother figure to us) gives us her approval.

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    We also left a mooncake with the folks who make our rice noodles fresh everyday in the Mission.

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    Come split one with a few friends at our Autumn Moon Festival pop-up tonight at Virgil’s.

    Happy Autumn Moon!

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  10. All Things Round and Whole: Autumn Moon Festival Pop-up Menu in photos.

    We’re serving up moon-shaped items for our Autumn Moon Festival this Friday at Virgil’s Sea Room, 6-10pm. More details here.

    Autumn Moon Festival Menu

    Mushroom Pho Rolls (photo: Andria Lo)

    Ham Sui Gok (Crescent-shaped Fried Mochi Dumplings),

    Bun Cha (Pork Patties with Netted Rice Noodles)

    Pate Chaud (Chicken / Mushroom Puff Pastry Pies)

    Banh Pia (Vietnamese Mooncake)