86: Soup Gyoza at Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar
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Number 86: Soup gyoza at Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar
Sens chef-owner Johnny Chu serves a dish at lunch that has been a longtime favorite of mine, from back in the days when he owned Fate: Black Dragon. I can't tell you how many times I've had this dish -- Chu's amazing black bean sauce with vegetables and tofu or meat -- but I'll never forget the flavor.
But lately I've been passing up the Black Dragon (as much as I love it) for something I crave even more. Chu's soup gyoza are seriously good, and are available both for lunch and dinner. Stuffed with moist pork, cabbage, and salty pork broth, they're bite-sized dumplings that burst in your mouth (so be careful when you sink your teeth into them). Instantly addicting.
The Favorite Dishes, so far:
87: Pop Cho and Sweet Ginger at The Breadfruit
88: La Jawab Kadahi Gosht at The Dhaba
89: Chicken & Waffles from Lo-Lo's
90: Burrata at Humble Pie
91: Bruleed Foie Gras Torchon at Posh
92: Moroccan Nomad Stew at Chakra 4
93: Peking Duck at Gourmet House of Hong Kong
94: Mozzarella Sandwich at Pane Bianco
95: Egg White Omelette at Fez
96: Machaca From Los Dos Molinos
97: Shish Taook from Baiz Market
98: Pasties From Cornish Pasty Co.
99: Clams in Black Bean Sauce From Asian Cafe Express
100: Bruschetta From Postino