A couple of weeks ago, Irene at TJ’s Tacos LA brought our attention to a taco pop-up event (2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month) being held at a local bar. The name may not say much, but the headline, Vietnamese-style tacos, sure caught our attention. The word Vietnamese immediately piqued our interest, because of our shared love of Southeast Asian flavors. Viet tacos, say what?
Lucy’s Tamale Factory
3739 Madeline Dr.
San Jose, CA 95127
This tamale factory is famous in San Jose, so I thought I’d give it a try. It isn’t the best tamales I’ve ever had, but they are good. $2 each is a little pricey, considering they don’t taste too good the next day. It’s in a ghetto area, I didn’t want to drive my new car there so I took my old one haha. The shop is in a hidden plaza, so you need to know your way around San Jose to get to this place.
Jalapeno & Cheese: SPICY (for me at least), freshly eaten, the cheese is melted and it is heavenly. Wait until the next day, you’re going to find yourself eating a tamale with a cheesestick inside…
Chicken con chile – The best! Chicken is super juicy and the green chile sauce is yummy, corn maza is textured but not hard, just the way I love it.
Beef – This special one was $3, but it was worth it. The beef is tender, juicy, and extremely delicious. Not spicy.
Sweet tamale – This unique dessert tamale is like a corn bread, Mexican style. So soft and warm, the taste of corn is the best, and there are chunks of pineapple in it.
We also tried pork and regular chicken, not impressed. The pork was juicy, but it didn’t have too much flavor. The chicken was a little dry and also was bland.
I will definitely be coming back for the chicken con green chile and the sweet tamales, those are my favorite!
Before the trip to SF, all us had planned out a pretty detailed itinerary (food places included) on Google Docs, after compiling lists of places and narrowing down, for efficiency’s sake.
Alvin heard about a fusion sushi place called Sushiritto (serving fusion sushi burritos, as the portmanteau implies), so we decided to check it out while were in the Union Square district. I still recall the pouring rain in the city and thinking to myself what a terrible day it was to be outside.
The place itself is pretty unassuming and plain. And even though the menu options are limited, everything was pretty pricey (<$8/dish is cheap in my books). The signature rolls (basically burrito-sized sushi rolls) all ranged from $8 to $12.
Alvin and I ordered the mid-priced Latin Ninja roll ($9), which comes with Salmon, Mango, Avocado, Asparagus, Daikon Radish, Meyer Lemon, Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro, Green Onion. in a Sauce: Ginger Serrano.
Verdict: nothing spectacular or worth waiting in line for. It tasted like a regular ole sushi roll, except with unusual fillings like mango. More importantly, THAT alone is definitely not enough to satisfy my hunger. All hype, no substance.
Address: 59 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94106 | map
Okay, I’m way behind on posting up food and boba reviews 😦 and I don’t know if it’s even worth writing these up now. Today, a certain someone pointed out that I hadn’t reviewed Chego, a recently opened Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant a la Kogi (food truck) yet, so here it is. My expectations weren’t too high, since I found Kogi tasty but nothing close to mind-blowing.
Service is pretty straightforward. Order at the counter, be assigned a number and wait for your order to arrive on their cafeteria-like tables. It’s pretty much no-nonsense, and the plates are 100% biodegradable.
I ordered Buttered Kimchi Chow, a heapful of chicharrones, kimchi flavored rice, edamame beans, tofu, and a fried egg. For $7, I expected larger portions, considering how scaled down the service was. The bowl was soggy and way too confusing for my taste buds. The medley of flavors: sweet, spicy, salty and herby (if that’s a word) was too much. I wasn’t sure what exactly I was supposed to be enjoying.
One of us ordered the Sour Cream Hen House, basically grilled chicken and kimchi flavored rice with Chinese broccoli, basil, red peppers and a generous portion of sour cream. That too, was confusing. The sour cream was a overwhelming and really didn’t belong. Moreover, like the Kimchi Chow, the bowl was soggy and wet, having the consistency and texture of gruel.
Someone else ordered the Chubby Pork Belly: fatty pork belly with radishes, water spinach, peanuts and yes, a fried egg. The water spinach wasn’t fresh, but I thought the pork belly was okay. It was flavorful and sort of sweet, but nothing special. All in all, all of the dishes we ordered were similar tasting to me.
I wouldn’t go out of my way for Chego. Korean-Mexican fusion might be stretching it a bit, when the food tastes neither Korean nor Mexican.
Rating: 3/5 (I’ll be a tad more generous. Josie gave it a 2!)
Taqueria Las Vegas
Best Mexican food, hands down. This place has been featured on Food Network and has gotten so many awards and yet it’s still Milpitas’ hidden gem. It’s never packed to the point that I have to find a place to sit but oh man the food is amazing. I always get something different and I have never been disappointed. This time I went before catching a flight down to LA and I got these steak soft tacos with spicy (yes you read correctly) salsa. I was tearing up while eating it because it was so spicy but I couldn’t stop because they were SO GOOD. The meat is so tender and marinated just right and the fresh warm tortillas just made it heaven. This place also has the best tortilla chips ever. It’s in a heated tray and you get it yourself (as much as you want) after ordering as an appetizer. I always watch them make it from scratch and it really shows in the crunch and fresh flavor. My favorite thing to do is squeeze lime and sprinkle them with tabasco sauce or tapatio and then they are perfect to eat.
My favorite part about Las Vegas is the HORCHATA. They have the best horchata I have ever had, no joke. I can’t even describe it and thinking about it right now at 1:30 in the morning is making my mouth water…I guess it calls for a trip tomorrow lol.
If you’re going to come to Milpitas for anything, it’s to try the food here. You’ll love the friendly and quick service and you will not be sorry about the food.