Saturday is a bit of a homecoming for Leonard Shek, formerly a cook at Nopa, now at Shang in New York City and www.kitchenstink.com. Joining him is Timothy Luym, Chef and co-owner of Poleng Lounge, formerly of Charles Nob Hill and Fifth Floor. The two are running with some updated classics for the spring to summer weather:
Wasabi Potato Salad with snap peas, chives, tatsoi - $4.5
Grilled Blue Point oysters with scallion pork fat and pepper lemon sauce - $9
Red braised oxtails with king mushroom and daikon fettucine, shitake and scallions - $12.5
Soft shell crab curry "bun rieu" with confit tomatoes; accompanied by a choice of vermicelli glass noodles or garlic bread - $13
Bacon, coconut and pineapple fried rice - $7
King Trumpet - mushroom with tripled-fried potato, garlic confit and charred scallion sour cream on a homemade flatbread - $6
Lung Shan's Vegan Delight - shitake and oyster mushroom dumplings in miso soup - $5.5
Lychee and Banana Cream Napoleon - $5
Humphry Slocombe Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream - $3.25 per scoop
Leonard and Tim's profits will be donated to Community Educational Services, an organization dedicated solely to youth development in San Francisco’s Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods. CES provides a range of services including: arts & cultural enrichment, career exploration, college guidance, counseling, employment, health and wellness, mentoring, and tutoring and homework assistance. In 2004, the Chinatown Beacon Center and Francisco Connections merged with CES to ensure a continuum of care for children and youth K-12. MSF profits will go to the St. Anthony Foundation which serves over 2,600 meals per day and is open 365 days a year.
Notes: We will open Thursday as usual, but on Saturday June 6th, we will be serving from 3rd and Mission at the Yerba Buena Center. This marks both our return to a taco truck, as well as our first attempt at a night market. The truck will open at 7:30pm and the night market will be part of YBCA's Big Idea Night which promises to be an awesome party including live bands, DJs, live tattoing, a drag extravaganza and outrageous short films. Admission is free, but tickets are limited, so you should RSVP here. By the way, the event runs from 9pm to 3am and we are planning on having enough food to go the distance, so feel free to stop by any time. We'll post more details about this next week as well.