Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Fatima revisit

Fatima Restaurant
10125 Bandley Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 257-3893

It seems like almost every trip back home we end up at Fatima. It’s not necessarily the best, but it’s close by and we all enjoy the knife shaved noodles. Fatima is an islamic chinese restaurant that specializes in its knife shaved noodles and sesame pancake. Knife shaved noodles are homemade noodles that are shaved into individual noodle threads with a knife. The noodles tend to be thick and have a doughy, chewy texture. I’ve stopped taking pictures since I’ve done a few posts, which can be viewed here and here.

But on our most recent trip, we ordered a few different dishes, so I took out my camera.

They have a seafood noodle soup dish that my mom always loves to order.

For some reason, this noodle soup comes in a humongous bowl. My mom is always embarrassed when she orders it because it makes it look like she is eating a ton. If you look at the bowl of soup, and the individual sized rice/soup bowl to the right of it, you can get an idea at just how big this dish is. They even give you a huge ladle to eat it with.

Another dish ordered was the lamb noodle soup, which is always a favorite of mine.

I opted to do things a little differently this time and ordered the stir fried knife shaved noodles with lamb. Sometimes the noodles in this dish can be overcooked, but on this visit, they were cooked just right.

Finally, we had to order some sesame pancake. They have a thick version and a thin one. We prefer the thin one, though with so many layers, it still seems pretty thick.

The service here is just okay, but the food is pretty consistent. A nice bowl of lamp noodle soup is perfect on a cold day.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pepperoni pizza puffs

When I saw this recipe for pepperoni pizza puffs, I knew I had to make it for the BF. These puffs are so easy to make. Normally I’m too lazy to whip up much on the weekdays after a long day of work, but I was able to prepare these in just a few minutes and then pop them in the oven.

These pizza puffs taste just like mini pizza bites. The pepperoni bits adds a nice flavor. Next time I might put some more pepperoni pieces near the top of the batter to get a prettier puff.

The recipe calls for a marinara dipping sauce, but I decided to leave it out because I didn’t have any. The puffs taste great even without the sauce. BF loves these as I thought he would. Of course I had to make a big deal about how I had made this dish especially for him despite how tired I was, to rack up those extra brownie points. ;-)

Pepperoni Pizza puffs (recipe found on the family kitchen)

Ingredients

3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
4 ounces chopped pepperoni

Directions

1. Grease a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, milk, egg, cheese, and pepperoni, stirring until completely mixed.  Spoon batter into the prepared mini-muffin cups about 2/3 full.

3. Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Serve while warm.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sushi Yaro

Sushi Yaro
7905 Engineer Rd.
San Diego, Ca 92111
www.sushiyaro.com

A few weeks ago, BF and I got to enjoy dinner at Sushi Yaro. We’ve been wanting to check out the sushi bar by ourselves for a while but just didn’t seem to have the time to get around to it.

We previously visited Sushi Yaro to celebrate a birthday, and then we went again and were introduced to some items when we had dinner with Kirk of mmm-yoso. I didn’t have my camera on that occasion which I have been regretting ever since because we had so many good dishes and it would have been a great reference for future visits.

Anyhow, when we arrived, we were surprised to not see Sushi Chef Sam. Instead, we were introduced to Sushi Chef Zo (I hope I remembered his name right). As we began to order, we found out that they were out of a lot of my favorites. Apparently the night before there had been a bachelor party that got pretty crazy and didn’t end until the morning. As a result, they were out of a lot of things, and Sam was “out of commission” for most of the night.

Nevertheless, we had a good time with Sushi Chef Zo.

We started the night with some cucumber salad.

Then we had some seared beef sashimi.

We also had some salmon belly.

We had hamachi belly, hamachi, and tako.

We ended with some grilled saba.

It was a nice, quiet dinner. It was fun to learn about the different garnishes served with our food and how they tasted with the fish. There were some pickled items we tried that I forgot to take pictures of. Hopefully next time we come, they’ll have more fish available.
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