Meet The Fritter Burger
That’s right, we’re taking an already delicious burger up a notch by serving it between two fritter buns! E&O Kitchen and Bar is breaking all the rules in honor of National Corn Fritter Day by launching this mouth-watering Fritter Burger on July 16th.
Executive Chef Sharon Nahm uses a combination of all-natural, house-ground brisket and chuck meat, grilled over white oak, and served between two of E&O’s famous Indonesian Corn Fritters – previously featured on The Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
The burger is loaded with house-made kimchee, pickles, lettuce, sriracha aioli, white cheddar cheese and bacon. It’s served with togarashi-spiced fries and priced at just $18.
Yes, this is really happening. Come and get it while it lasts!
Hot New Summer Cocktails
With summer in full swing, we’re debuting an assortment of refreshing takes on classic cocktails. Marcelle Gonzales has introduced four new flavorful cocktails utilizing local, seasonal ingredients and highlighting the best flavors summer has to offer. From the sweet and sour Coconut Lime Rickey, combining coconut and lime with crisp gin, to the bold and spicy Chili Tamarind Margarita, with agave syrup, lime, tamarind and tequila, our new cocktail menu truly has something special for all tastes.
Check out our new cocktails below!
Coconut Lime Rickey: Junipero Gin, Coconut Syrup, Soda, Citrus
Chili Tamarind Margarita: Corralejo Tequila, Tamarind, Citrus, Chili
Blueberry Whiskey Smash: Evan Williams Whiskey, Mint, Blueberry, Lemon
French Paloma: Botanist Gin, Grapefruit, Brut Rose
It’s Christmas In July!
Celebrate the holidays at E&O this year! Whether an intimate dinner or festive luncheon, reserve your holiday event by July 31st and choose from one of our complimentary gifts:
- Start the event with a champagne toast.
- Select one of our tasty appetizers to be tray-passed at your reception.
- Need a private bar? No problem! We’ll waive the $250 bartender fee.
- Let us provide a take-away gift for your guests! Each guest will receive a house-made treat to take home.
Come mix and mingle with us! For more information or to make your reservation please contact the E&O Events Team at email@example.com or 415-788-2622
Do Good, Drink Wine
Continuing the philosophy of philanthropy, we now offer a charitable program for guests to participate in. The Do Good, Drink Wine initiative highlights a wine on the menu that guests may purchase to see 25% of proceeds benefit Heifer International, a charity that works with communities to strengthen local economies by empowering small-scale farmers to achieve socially, economically and environmentally secure livelihoods. We initiated the partnership with Heifer International during its Asian New Year celebration this winter and is excited to further develop it with this endeavor.
We’re currently featuring the Triennes Rosé for $43. This wine is principally cinsault blended with grenache, syrah and merlot; with a bouquet of strawberries, white flowers and hints of vanilla. It has the harmony and elegance that has earned world-wide appreciation of the rosés of Provence. Triennes Rosé is the perfect accompaniment to any of the vibrant dishes on our menu, and, netting a $10.75 donation per bottle sold, will be good for the soul, too!
E&Go Takeaway is here!
We are thrilled to announce our new takeaway program: E&Go!
Executive Chef Sharon Nahm’s new E&Go menu offers a choice of one of five $12 mains such as a Green Papaya and Cucumber Salad, Yam Noodles with Grilled Market Vegetables or a Chicken Banh Mi with the option to add on a number of delectable extras such as Deviled Eggs, Cookies or a Housemade Mocktail. Not to mention, the food is ready within five minutes.
Chinese Chicken Salad
Green Papaya and Cucumber Salad
Chicken Banh Mi
Minced Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry
Yam Noodles, Grilled Market Vegetables
Deviled Eggs (2)
Taro, Lotus, and Sweet Potato Chips
These drool-worthy lunches are available to go Monday-Friday 11:30 -3:00 pm.
Our Spice Route 3.0 Instagram contest levels the playing field for all- every player wins!
Rules of the game:
1) Instagram photos of at least 5 out of the 6 spice route entrees from April through September
2) Tag @eandosf
3) Hashtag, #spicespicebaby
Follow the rules and you will automatically win a $50 gift card, complimentary E&Go lunch voucher, and 2 tickets to our Fall Night Market Festival.
Spice Spice Baby!
Leslie Sbrocco’s “Sipping Smarts”
Whether you’re just discovering wine or feel confident in your knowledge, you’ll not only learn in Leslie Sbrocco’s sessions, you’ll laugh as well. Her knowledge and charm empowers everyone to get the most out of their wine education and have fun at the same time!
In each class held at E&O, you’ll discover a combination of classic styles and delicious surprises that showcase quality wines around the globe. Chef Nahm will perfectly pair our seasonal dishes with the tastings.
Session 1: Wine 101
Saturday, April 11
Learn the fundamentals of wine, from grape varieties to growing regions and tricks for tasting like a pro. Discover your “style profile,” how to detect flaws, and the best way to serve each type of wine.
Session 2: Wine & Dine
Saturday, April 18
Leslie will teach the guidelines for pairing food and wine, preparing you to create matching magic at home and when dining out.
Session 3: Global Tour in a Glass
Saturday, May 9
Participants will explore the differences in wines based on terroir – from Greece, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand, California and more. Discover new wines you’ve never heard of, soon to become home staples.
One Class: $140 per person
Two Classes: $130 per person ($260 total)
Three Classes: $120 per person ($360 total)
Get ready to be a confident wine lover and savvy wine shopper! More information here.
New Spice Route Menu
E&O Kitchen and Bar is excited to announce a new flavorful menu curated by Executive Chef Sharon Nahm that pays homage to the ancient Asian trade route that highlights a specific spice each month in the form of a savory dish, a sweet treat, and a delectable cocktail. These popular Spice Route menus will offer items a la carte in addition to the regular dinner menu. Throughout history, the great port cities of Asia welcomed endless waves of merchants who came from the far reaches of the world to gather spices that were considered more valuable than gold. As the routes formed, so did open air markets, which became unique gathering places where travelers could taste the local fair and indulge in spicy treasures for which many risked their lives. In offering these flavorful new menus, E&O Kitchen and Bar, diners will congregate to sample inventive dishes and drinks featuring handpicked spices that originated in Asia, beginning with CHILIES in April:
Savory | Firecracker Chicken: Dry fried marinated chicken, chilies, peppers, scallions $18
Sweet | “Hot” Fudge Sundae: Spiced chocolate sauce, caramel and vanilla ice cream, chili cocoa almonds $10
Drink | Chili Tamarind Margarita: Correlejo tequila, spicy agave syrup, lime, tamarind, citrus chili salt rim
(Region of inspiration: Sichuan province, China)
From May onwards, the spices will be as follows, with remaining menu items and cocktails announced closer to the date:
MAY – CORIANDER
Savory | Crisp Pork Belly Salad: Coriander caramel glaze, mizuna, pickled kumquats, citrus, chilies $16
Sweet | Roasted Strawberries- Coriander palm sugar syrup, spiced shortbread $10
Drink | Coriander Daisy: Roasted coriander simple syrup, cilantro, citrus, vodka
(Region of inspiration: Vietnam)
JUNE – BAY LEAF
Savory | 9 Gems Curry: Roasted vegetables, coconut, cashews, raisins, crispy okra $18
Sweet | Yogurt Panna Cotta: Bay leaf poached apricots, cardamom, pistachios $10
(Region of inspiration: Northern India)
JULY – PEPPERCORNS
Savory | Cashew Beef: Marinated steak, pickled green peppercorn, cashews, summer beans, sweet soy sauce
Sweet | Peppered Berries & Cream: Black pepper biscuit, citrus marscapone, peppered berry compote
Drink | Sumatra Kiss: Peppercorn infused vodka, orange, basil, tropical fruit
(Region of Inspiration: Thailand)
AUGUST – FENNEL SEED
Savory | Chickpea fries: Ginger, chilies, curry aioli $9
Sweet | Spiced roasted pineapple cake-ginger ice cream $10
(Region of inspiration: India- Eastern Region)
SEPTEMBER – CINNAMON
Savory | Malaysian Chicken Curry: Fresh turmeric, curry leaves, cinnamon, coconut milk
Sweet | Cinnamon chocolate cake, Vietnamese coffee cream
(Region of inspiration: Malaysia for savory, Vietnam for sweet)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Asian New Year with Special Menu and Cocktails
Come celebrate love and luck at E&O Kitchen. Valentine’s weekend we will be offering diners a sneak peak of our menu specially designed for the Year of the Goat. The Year of the Goat is said to be a year representing peace, harmonious coexistence, and balance so why not begin your romantic Valentine’s dinner with those ideas in mind. In celebration we are excited to offer entrees like the Crab Rangoon, Long Life Noodle, and Whole Crispy Fish. The dinner menu will officially launch February 19 through March 7 with items available a la carte. The dishes are perfectly balanced with our goat-inspired cocktails like Baa-ram-ewe, a Prosecco, pear, vodka, and yuzu sorbet float. Or try the festive J.P. Goat-ier or the Billy Kid cocktail. To top of the celebration E&O will host traditional Chinese lion dancers on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 8:00 p.m. The live entertainment will be paired with the chance to win special red envelopes, three of which will contain golden tickets representing a complimentary dinner for two.
Give the Gift of Warmth
Have an extra coat in your closet? Share the warmth, November 28-December 31, as we collect coats to benefit SF City Impact with One Warm Coat.
E&O is excited to be supporting the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund this year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We have crafted a new pink cocktail in honor of the month called “The Just Cause,” a pomegranate pisco sour. 10% of proceeds at the end of the month will go to supporting Breast Cancer Emergency Fund and their efforts in providing direct financial assistance to those battling breast cancer.
Growing for Change
We are delighted to be supporting the efforts of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco with the upcoming Growing for Change Gala. Growing for Change raises funds to support the Edible Schoolyard, a program that offers cooking and gardening classes to the youth in our community to build healthy eating habits and increase their access to organic fruits and vegetables.
With SFPDV.com, we join other established restaurants for a night of mouth-watering bites, fine wine and specialty cocktails. With such an incredible selection of restaurants to choose from, we know it’ll be hard to try everything. But, make sure to save room for our Lap Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with char siu lacquered bacon, we promise our small bite will leave you wanting more!
Join us in making a difference in Hunters Point! Let’s make it the healthiest place for youth in San Francisco!
It’s not too late, you can still purchase tickets at the door!
See you on Wednesday, August 20
at McCormick and Kuletos
900 North Point at Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco CA 94109
Union Square SF Food + Art Walk
There’s something about summer that just makes us want to celebrate with our neighbors. We’re delighted to be joining Union Square as they team up with San Francisco Art Dealer Association’s First Art Thursdays to throw a neighborhood-wide party celebrating art, design, culture, and food! Wander the premier art galleries of Union Square, relax with the live music, indulge in delicious drinks and small bites from local restaurants and bars, and take advantage of special in-store events, all at the first Union Square SF Food + Art Walk.
Join us at the Tasting Area, this Thursday, August 7th, on Stockton Street in front of the Grand Hyatt, and sample our Lapsang Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with Char Siu Lacquered Bacon. We’ll be joining a world-class roster of neighborhood venues, including Cafe Claude, Burritt Room + Tavern, Farallon, and ANZU Restaurant, which will be accompanied by premier drinkmasters like the Sonoma County Distilling Company, ENO Wine Bar, and Nespresso. If you feel like you’ve had too many calories for the night, walk it off by visiting over 16 galleries featuring some of the best art SF has to offer, and drop in at participating stores to cash in on exclusive events!
While Union Square SF Food + Art Walk is a free event, RSVP is required to access the Tasting Area, so don’t forget to register for this special event at Eventbrite! To find a list of participating venues and for more information on this event, visit Union Square’s website, or get a real-time feed at their Twitter.
See you there!
Tastemaking at Eat Drink SF
San Francisco’s annual food festival extravaganza is back! Join us this upcoming weekend at Eat Drink SF (formerly SFChefs) to sample the best of Bay Area food, wine, and drink, and meet an amazing array of top-class Northern California chefs, winemakers, brewers, and industry leaders. We’re honored to be one of the tastemakers at this event on Saturday, August 2nd, so be sure to drop by to sample our Slow Cooked Pork with chilies and lemongrass, cilantro buttermilk biscuits, pickled green tomatoes and roasted chili jam, that we’ve crafted for this fantastic epicurean experience.
Eat Drink SF is a celebration of Northern Californian and San Franciscan food culture, from its central position in debates on food politics, sustainability and farming, to its unbelievably fresh produce and seafood. Classes, seminars and demos will feature experts from the vibrant California wine community, local farmers, while the Grand Tasting Tent at Fort Mason Center will feature a colorful, rotating cast of local offerings from premier chefs, winemakers, brewers, and mixologists. A variety of fun workshops and events will also be taking place, including investigations into the flavors and profiles of wine and spirits, a tour through the allure of the ramen craze, as well as an exploration of the essential Sunday brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary.
Produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), Eat Drink SF supports numerous local Bay Area charities, including the Center for Education About Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), Meals on Wheels, Share Our Strength, SF-Marin Food Bank, Slow Food San Francisco’s NOMAD gardens project, and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.
Buy tickets and see a roster of events here. We’ll be waiting!
4th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala
We’re once again partnering with our good friends at GLIDE to sponsor and feed the fourth annual GLIDE Legacy Gala! To be held at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Saturday, July 26 from 7 PM – 12 AM, the Legacy Gala is a night of food, music and festivity with live entertainment from the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band and selections from DJ KingMost. As for us, we’ll be serving scrumptious hors d’eouvres alongside other local favorites like Twenty Five Lusk, Ketel One, Garibaldi’s, Hask, Hard Rock Cafe, Moya, and the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, just to name a few.
As a nonprofit that works with a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income, and marginalized populations on a variety of programs, including free meals, housing, primary and mental health care, domestic violence counseling and abatement, and family care resources, this annual black-tie event is a celebration of the work and progress made by up-and-coming change agents. This year, GLIDE will be honoring the achievements made by two outstanding individuals, Doniece Sandoval, the founder of Lava Mae, an organization providing mobile shower and toilet services to the homeless, and Christopher Gardner, the author of autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness, who now works to help homeless families stay together, and assist homeless, but employed women and men who still have difficulties getting by.
An online auction on eBay will run before the Gala from July 16 – 26, featuring unique sports and lifestyles experiences, amazing food, wine, and travel. 100% of the auction’s proceeds will benefit GLIDE programs.
There’s still time to snag a ticket and contribute to the community! Don’t forget to drop by the E&O table to get a taste of our delicious small bites!
Dress for Success Annual Gala
As a business with a strong female leadership team, we are always pleased to partner with organizations that empower women. Years ago we began a partnership with our local chapter of Dress for Success whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
On Thursday, June 19th we participated in their spring charity gala, Success – You Wear it Well at the beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom. The annual event is their largest fundraiser of the year and helps to support their many programs which range outfitting women with clothes for interviews to career services and even a Professional Women’s Group.
Chef Sharon Nahm and Catering Director Claudie Newman were busy during the reception where they served beautiful bites of Coconut Curry Ceviche with fresh Halibut, green curry, mango, lime, chilies and crispy taro chips. Our dynamic duo was in good company, not only with gala guests but also several other women chefs who support the organization such as Alicia Jenish of Gitane, Sophina Uong of Pican Restaurant in Oakland and Andrea Ballus and Corey Fanfa from Sift Cupcakes.
After the reception, Sharon and Claudie sat for the banquet dinner, during which the program (emceed by local KRON 4 news anchor Vicki Liviakis) included a fun fashion show from our Sutter Street neighbors at Banana Republic, powerful speeches from a woman who had personally benefitted from the organizations help and Dress For Success Spokeswoman, Jeanni Mai who we recognized from Style Network’s two-time Emmy nominated television series “How Do I Look?”, “The Today Show” and “OMG Insider.”
The night concluded with a live auction, for which we were pleased to donate a dinner for eight in one of our private event spaces with craft cocktails, wine and a special dumpling demonstration from Chef.
It was a wonderful evening that we were honored to be a part of and we can’t wait to do it again next year and we hope we’ll see you there!
10th Annual SummerTini – A Special Benefit for CHEFS
If you read this blog regularly, you know that our team loves to volunteer our free time to a few good causes that are close to our hearts. Several years ago, we began a relationship with the Episcopal Community Services’ CHEFS (Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Services) program. CHEFS is a culinary training program that finds employment in the food industry for homeless adults. The six-month program includes classroom instruction, hands-on kitchen training, job counseling, placement and coaching and has a 75 percent success rate in job placement upon completion of the program.
On Friday, June 6th we were lucky enough to participate in their 10th Annual SummerTini Benefit at the historic Bently Reserve. The funds raised at SummerTini help to support the ECS’ many programs, including CHEFS, and ensure that they continue to provide education and support to the homeless of San Francisco.
We served our famous lap souchong tea deviled eggs at the reception and they were a huge hit (big surprise)! The event was hosted by our favorite emcee, Liam Mayclem of KCBS’ Foodie Chap , and we were excited to serve alongside some of the best restaurants in the city. With signature martinis, fantastic wines, live and silent auctions and a killer band, this was a great evening! There was even a cooking competition among some of the students, which was so much fun to see.
Our team always loves participating in SummerTini and this year was no different. We are looking forward to our next event with the CHEFS students – a Thanksgiving feast for students and their families hosted at E&O.
Warren Buffet GLIDE Foundation
On Friday, June 6th we were honored to team up with Ebay and the Glide Foundation to host the 15th Annual Warren Buffet GLIDE Foundation’s Power of One Lunch Auction Countdown.
The restaurant was bustling with excited participants, onlookers and thought leaders who were sipping on beautiful wines and beers that were donated from GLIDE, Anchor Steam and Berkeley Trumer. Chef Sharon Nahm offered up a beautiful spread that featured our Chicken and Steak stays, Indonesian Fried Rice and Indonesian Corn Fritters.
We started and ended the evening with entertainment provided by The GLIDE Memorial Choir, who gave an unparalleled performance and put all attendees in the celebratory mood. Reverend Cecil Williams, Co-Founder of GLIDE, officially opened the Auction Event wave such an inspirational speech in reminding us all how we have the power to touch and positively impact the lives of others. Janice Mirikitani, Co-Founder of GLIDE, recognized each of the influential board leaders with their passion and belief in the cause.
With our Flat-Screen TVs tuned into Ebay’s auction, there was never a dull moment. Bystanders eagerly watched the auction soar, reaching a high of $2,166,766. What made this event all the more wonderful was that 100% of the auction proceeds went directly to support GLIDE’s efforts in breaking the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
It was such a fun evening, don’t miss out on watching the highlights, produced by our friends at UStream!
We loved being a part of this wonderful evening, and hope to participate again!
Sharon Around Town
I have a confession to make – I love eating out. As a borderline addiction, I love perusing all that San Francisco has to offer in this foodie Mecca. Every weekend I spend my quality time with friends and family eating at quality restaurants to explore the different flavors, both subtle and bold, that other chefs so expertly combine to make unique pairings. You might say that trying other chef’s food has the ability to spark new inspiration for unique combinations in my own kitchen. This last weekend, I visited two delicious and very different restaurants on Polk Street.
Saturday evening was my first visit to Leopold’s Gasthaus. I value my friends’ opinions very highly, and when they told me about Leopold’s delicious and authentic flavors, I knew it had to be my first stop. We sat down and were immediately transported to Alpine Austria, the ambiance complete with our German-speaking server. My friends and I split a variety of smaller plates, vying for the lesser-known dishes served in traditional Gasthauses. While each dish was expertly prepared and had perfectly balanced flavors, the House-made Salumi Platter received the highest praise from our table. Flavors of nutmeg, juniper, berry, and cloves stood out the most, creating a perfectly prepared and seasoned dish. And of course, with proper European etiquette, we paired our dishes with beer (Hoegaarden, anyone? It’s a must).
The following evening, my friends and I decided to explore a little different restaurant on Polk Street. We paid a visit to Verbena, a NorCal farm-to-table restaurant, which has a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. I decided to have a little fun, and let my friends choose our dining menu. I highly recommend doing what I call a “blind tasting” – I had no idea what I was eating, and it was so much fun to guess the ingredients! Our waitress perfectly spaced out our dishes, so that we would fully enjoy each part of the meal. We began with their Sprouted Seed Bread, with a Chévre Goat Cheese shmear, moved on to their Chicken thighs marinated in koji buttermilk, grilled swordfish, and the charred carrots. We finished the meal with a spectacular chocolate chip cookie with wild nettles ice cream (I’m getting hungry again, just thinking about the delicious eats!) and a crust-less cheesecake topped with fruit compote. The combination of the people, the well-coursed meal, and the aesthetics (a contrast between earthy plates and the vibrant presentation of the food, full of whimsy) made the entire experience lively and excellent.
My takeaways: I’m so inspired to use our seasonal produce like rhubarb and carrots. I can’t wait to create new dishes for the summer season. Come visit me at E&O and see what this weekend’s adventures sparked on our menu!
Tasting our way through Telegraph Hill
On Saturday night, E&O was thrilled to be a sponsor of a Taste of Tel-Hi. The Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) provides opportunities for people in North Beach, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods to enrich their quality of life. As a firm believer in their efforts within the community, E&O was excited to participate in their fundraiser the Taste of Tel-Hi. To the delight of everyone present, Chef Sharon Nahm prepared her unique Lap Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with Char Siu Lacquered Bacon.
We are proud to say that with the bold flavors and unique take on a traditional dish, Chef Sharon’s deviled eggs were the hit of the reception! Within the first 40 minutes of the reception, our delicious bites were consumed (and we had over 400 bits when we started!). This, however, gave us the chance to visit the other booths and see what our fellow San Franciscan Restaurateurs were offering. Chef Alan from Scoma’s Restaurant was serving up his signature Mini Shrimp Louie Cups, Hard Rock Café San Francisco offered their delicious Balsamic tomato Bruschetta and Fishbowl Bar & Grill and Presidio Pizza Company shared their house-made pies.
Our very own Claudie Newman, Director of Catering and Private Events attended Taste of Tel-Hi and took in all of the action with the Live & Silent Auction during the main course event! With a sold-out venue, numerous community leaders, and being praised as one of the best Tel-Hi Events yet, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center surpassed their goals for their fundraising. So proud to have participated in Taste of Tel-Hi and looking forward to giving back to the community again in the near future!
Springing Forward with Express to the Orient
Last week, we had the pleasure of serving our Scallop Crudo with XO Sauce at the Union Square BID Spring Fling event! Ghurka, a boutique leather goods store, provided a sophisticated yet intimate atmosphere for local business partners to mingle.
In honor of “Spring Fling”, Executive Chef Sharon and General Manager Amanda set a beautiful table to reflect E&O’s Modern Asian ambiance. The table’s place settings were rich with color, which complemented the light and fresh Scallop Crudo.
The evening featured some of Union Square’s finest restaurants: Scala’s Bistro and Gaspar Brasserie, each serving their unique and delicious creations. But, as we all well know, an event wouldn’t have been complete without beverage options. Eno Wine Bar, Suerte Tequila and Lucas Bols, all of whom served up refreshing cocktails and wine selections, made the perfect pairings for the light bites.
No sooner had the event begun, the space was buzzing with excitement and conversation as guests made their way around, tasting a bit of Italian, French, and Modern Asian cuisine.
We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones as we shared our current and upcoming Express the Orient menu items. For a fun twist, we challenged our fellow members to “Enter to Win” a chance for dinner for two. Imagine how fun it was to learn that several of our Union Square BID members regularly stopped by E&O Asian Kitchen for happy hour or had hosted private dining events, and were only too excited to participate in the contest for a chance to dine with us again!
Spring Fling was such fun, and we are definitely looking forward to the next Union Square BID event! Hope to see you there!
Behind the Scenes with Executive Chef Sharon Nahm: Express to the Orient
The Express to the Orient is this year’s version of our annual Spice Route series at E&O. Instead of highlighting a different spice each month, the Express to the Orient series features a menu composed of two dishes and a cocktail from one major Asian city each month. This is really exciting because it is an opportunity for me and my guests to adventure into the many different flavors of Asian cuisines!
I wanted to design the Express to the Orient series to share not only a new variety of dishes, but also the diverse traditions that are unique and meaningful to each Asian culture. For example, with last month’s Bangkok menu, we shared the story behind Drunken Noodles or Pad Kee Mao, a non-alcoholic dish created when a wife appeased her drunken husband’s demand for stronger flavor in his noodles. This month for E&O’s “stopover” in Hong Kong, I wanted to highlight the XO sauce served with the Scallop Crudo dish. Invented in Hong Kong in the 80s, XO sauce was a chic pop-culture reference to the XO Cognac liquor, which represented prestige and high-quality. Even the packaging for this sauce often mimics the French liquor in style!
There’s such a thrill to creating each month’s Express to the Orient menus because I get to put a modern twist on traditional cuisine. Once I understand the general flavor profile of a dish, I create my own version of that item. For example, on the Bangkok menu last month, I paired the Grilled Pork Skewers with my own version of house-made roasted chili jam, inspired by the the Thailand’s traditional chili sauce.
We are only at the second Express to the Orient city with four more to go! I am excited to be crafting more menus for our next city destinations and hope that everyone can join us in this delicious venture! Stay tuned for our mystery city contest in June, since the 6th city has yet to be determined by our social media fans.
P.S. Personally, I hope that Singapore or Tokyo gets picked for the last mystery city!
Behind the Scenes with Executive Chef Sharon Nahm: Asian New Year
Celebrating the Lunar New Year at E&O Asian Kitchen is always an exciting time for our team and guests. This year, I was inspired to create a special menu just for Year of the Horse, and I hope both locals and tourists will enjoy it. This menu features equine-inspired cocktails and celebratory dishes, and will be available until Saturday, February 15th.
This Year of the Horse menu is both a celebration of traditions and the flavors of Asia, where I showcase my spin on some of the traditional dishes served during family gatherings. Our Long Life Noodles are my interpretation of the traditional entree, and includes beef, mushrooms, scallions, and sesame. Noodles symbolize not only longevity, but good health. Serving the Crispy Fish in its whole form may be a surprise to some customers, but is closer to how the traditional fish dish is served during Lunar New Year celebrations. The head and tail are left attached to symbolize a good beginning and ending for the coming year.
Our cocktail menu was designed with flavors used during Asian New Year and in Asian cuisine. The Green Horse cocktail is green tea infused gin, ginger, and lime – this cocktail pairs well with the special menu entrees because it’s refreshing and brings a brightness in flavor that plays off the rich and savory dishes. My favorite is the Unbridled cocktail. The spiced Szechuan pepper-infused vodka is shaken with lychee and lemon – a unique and delicious blend.
In the spirit of celebration, we’re also thrilled to bring back the tradition of having a Lion Dance to herald good fortune to our doors. After the Southwest Chinese New Year Parade on February 15, E&O invites you to a live performance with two lions dancers right in our restaurant. It will be a spectacle not to be missed!
Our E&O Team wishes everyone a healthy, prosperous and delicious year ahead. Happy New Year!
Five Places to Drink This Week San Francisco | 7×7
“October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and lots of local businesses have decided to keep their charitable donations
within the Bay Area this year. This means that you can belly up to the bar and help make a difference in the fight.”
Eater SF: San Francisco’s $1 Oyster Deals, Mapped
“E&O’s happy hour special boasts $1 oysters from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday. Not too shabby.”
Think Pink and Drink!
With a powerhouse female management team, breast cancer awareness is a cause that is close to our hearts. This month we ask you to join us in the fight against Breast Cancer!
10% of all Blushing Geisha cocktail sales during the month of October will be donated to San Francisco’s Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. We are lucky to have an organization within the community where women (and men) affected by the illness can turn in times of need, for education, prevention and support. Come in, have a drink and give back.