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Superbowl of Chicken, Part III (At last!)


Oh where has the time gone? In my last post, I lamented about not writing for 2 weeks. This time, I’ll apologize for not having posted for almost 2 months. Yeah, part of that time was spent packing/moving/unpacking, but truth be told, I just needed a break. I wanted to leave my camera at home and stop thinking about how to frame the next meal into a blog post. Unfortunately, that meant I missed out on documenting some really awesome meals (JG’s crawfish boil for his 30th birthday comes to mind), but overall, I’m glad I took the break. Hopefully, y’all didn’t miss me that much.

The other main reason it’s taken me a while to write again is that I only have so much creative energy in me. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to set up my new apartment. Maybe I’ll blog about some of those things too. Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with curtains. . .

Anyway, where was I? Oh, all the way back to early February! It was Superbowl Sunday, and I had already devoured Zuni Cafe’s famous roast chicken, as well as the most heavenly, homemade buttermilk fried chicken. But was I satisfied? No, of course not. I am a glutton, after all. My friend JC was in Berkeley for a job interview and we met up for dinner at Cha Am, one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Berkeley. I had forgotten that JC, being a good ol’ southern boy, wasn’t a particularly adventurous eater. Nonetheless, he ventured out of his comfort zone and we shared the salad rolls, featuring jicama, tofu, bean sprouts, and vermicelli, served with a tamarind dipping sauce. I was really proud of him for trying it!

The tamarind sauce and jicama are what set these rolls apart from the rest.

For the main course, I ordered the chicken and basil, mostly because someone told me once that chopped (ground) chicken is more authentic then sliced. I don’t know if this is true, but ever since then, I look for chopped chicken dishes. They’re usually a lot more flavorful than chicken breast anyway.

Chicken and basil. One of my favorites.

JC ordered green curry, also with chicken. My favorite part of the evening was when he pointed to various vegetables in the curry and asked me to identify them. “Eggplant, J. Red peppers. Oh, and those are bamboo shoots.”

Green curry with chicken and lots of veggies. Extra spicy!

Believe it or not, I woke up the next morning wishing I could have some more of that Zuni Cafe roast chicken. Luckily, I had brought home some leftovers — one drumstick and some of the bread salad. I think I had it for breakfast!

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

4 thoughts on “Superbowl of Chicken, Part III (At last!)

  1. Truth be told, I’ll forgive you for the lapse. I totally get being “eh” about blogging…. But I do enjoy your posts when you have them!

  2. Did John know he tried tofu?! How did you do that? After 11 years of being together, I have never been able to do that. Many congrats. And, I’m embarrassed you had to identify eggplant and peppers for him…so funny. Welcome back to the blogging world!

    • haha. I’m not sure he knew, but he did only have half of a roll and did not go back for seconds!
      During dinner, he mentioned all of the elaborate (meat-centered) meals you cooked for him, and I thought, “Now that’s love!!” And also, “Erin’s the best!!” I’m sure he would’ve agreed wholeheartedly.

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