The Chili Queens


O. M. G…where should I start? This will be my first review on a food truck. Prices of food totally suites my budget for the criteria of the blog either for lunch or for dinner.

The Chili Queens is new to San Antonio which, for me, is kind of scare to try according to how I decide where to eat. yes….yelp reviews comes handy for my decisions. The Queens launched their business at an art show where I was featured. My poor stomach had been growling for bites when the show was close to the end. The generous Queens scooped up the last chili from her pot with mountain full cheddar cheese. HA! I couldn’t finished it. The chili was good, but a bit salty for my taste (For your fair comparison to my pallet, H.E.B’s deli-prepared fried fish is too too salty for me) but I can see bread would go perfect with the chili.  The seasoning! Because of the nature of how chili is done, various  ingredients that has been cooked and mashed for hours, I could not tell what is in it. The taste was deep but mild..but deep?, soul searching through vodka? yes…I did tasted vodka. Well.. I could,t throw away that abundant chili that I used for miso soup base with seaweed in it. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! It worked. I enjoyed the soup for two days.


My next plan of attack was brisket. I might not a huge fan of red meat, but I have tongue to distinguish from good to bad. The first impression? CLEAN! clean clean clean nicely prepared brisket had very clean meaty taste. Natural meat taste was pleasant and masculine of itself. It wasn’t greasy at all, but enough to swallow smoothly to my throat.

It can stand by itself, or any type of sauces can compliment the taste. Personally, I do not like B.B.Q sauce instead I use pickled stuff like onion, cucumber or jalapeño. The Queens had last two in addition to Shiracha sauce. YES! I think SIP received extra point because of it. They will ask you a dollop of sour cream and cilantro for your taco. Unless you are lactose intolerance, I recommend it to boost up your brisket wrapped in warm tortilla. And why don’t you order a cup of mint lemonade?

The color of this hipstamatic drink is strange. The transulent green agonized my curiosity for a person who rarely order drink in a restaurant. A hint of mint and lemon under lightly sweeten liquid is well suited under SA weather and cleans up my pallet. I did wished to try their chili salad and The Roosevelt. well..maybe later because I am going back for more!

p.s.
Check their Botanica Stop ‘n Go

“Conveniently located inside the pastry window of The Chili Queens mobile food truck”
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OSAKA

After long exhausting weekdays, you better crave ice-cold beer with 삐까번쩍 (vibrantly shining) pieces of sashimi. So I called up my friend who was into seaweed rolls (a.k.a. naked kim bab = 김밥). You! Do you know the taste of seaweed? Then, we have a very high chance of expanding this conversation to the distant horizon. 

OSAKA came to our list priced at ✨✨✨. Well…it is more like two. Their price is just like any other Japanese restaurants. So feel free to try ~ award yourself at this “of course! I will go again” place.

We ordered 2 appetizers of deep-fried tofu bathing in soy sauce and seaweed salad (yo~my favorite: I used to get a box….x doubled shoe box size of this and ATE it all). Seaweed salad was pre-made which has been distributed by a factory. How do I know? I am guessing (suck it or take it).

The deep-fried tofu was nice in first two pieces. It was the oil…too much of the taste for me.  Here is home-made version recipe:

roll soft tofu in egg white -> flour -> Japanese bread crumbs = you better go easy on that flour. deep-fried them

sauce: Japanese low sodium soy sauce + a bit of sugar + rice vinegar (easy~) + shallot

after dumping the tofu in the bath, sprinkle with shaved dried fish (a.k.a.Katsuobushi)

eat it like RIGHT NOW – thing will get soggy.

My gentle warning to a person who dares to try my recipe. I have not try for myself yet. I might in my next party.

California roll seemed smaller than what I had seen before. But who care! I don’t eat that unless other people order it for me. Rice has been cook to the perfection with right amount of rice vinegar. Clean and every bit of different ingredients went ‘check’ , ‘check’ on my tongue. But who care about the roll? Other than they used rice harvested in 2011 (fresh) and high quality one. My 14 piece of sashimi plate was the swirled of heaven if I can make then gods. Distinguished fish smell was NON exist, they melted like buttery pound cake(yap! they were sweet~~~) and were cut in chunk.

It was interesting to found out that one of their sushi chefs and my server were Korean. oh~~~oh~~~AH~~~~, GO EAT THERE.

I am putting my right hand on my left chest and telling you, I never had that quality sashimi in San Antonio. Other than my server refused to speak in Korean with me (nah! one star down), I am going back there to get my sashimi fixed.

MAD Hatters Tea House & Cafe

In a hottest day in San Antonio, I decided to ride bicycle to pick up lunch…from somewhere…. It was happened to be at Madhatters  Tea House & Cafe, and I am regretting as like in hell for this. Their customer service was nice and friendly regardless of busy brunch hours in Saturday. I called it up for ordering and somehow, a representative gently? recommended me to order in person because they are fairly fast which was proven to be not so exact. There were about 5 groups of people in line and my turn came after six to eight minutes later. Okay…I could handle that ( I hated you for lying to me..you were just busy to get my phone call).

So again, I did get my all time sandwich “The Original Turkey, mashed avocado & chilpotle cream cheese with greens, tomato, pickled onion, sourdough” for 7.99 with chip and salsa as a side. I thought about half sandwich and a small salad….freaki’n hungry for that much. The words “whole”,  “large” and “stuff” had never been attractive that much before. Oh! I also asked for a container of hot sauce (&^%$#@#$%^&^%$# NEVER TO BE FOUND).

With additional 50 cent for to-go, I paid about $ 9 something. About $1 more than Sip. My sandwich was wrapped in a paper box container which resembled that of Sip. When I opened it up for the truth, Disappointment waved in to my heart like tsunami. They failed in visual fullness. Surface was dried and no delicious fume penetrating the air. Veggie looked fresh although. No muscle man can win over hunger. My mouth was already full of stuff….STUFF…. dang

➚Not has been proven FACTs

⎯MH buys their chips

⎯MH buys their bread

⎯MH doesnt track down expiration date of above items

⎯MH freezes their bread and defrosts at the time of use

Chips did contained this awkward old oil taste that it almost made me throw up. Salsa was bland…nadah whatsoever. Their sourdough but not so much DOUGH wasn’t flaky and hard, but moisture wasnt evenly distributed in each layers which was a sign of this thing had been frozen. Smell and taste of yeast already disappeared. Most important unavoidable fact is bread composes 60% of a sandwich. chilpotle cream cheese? I saw some orange white stuff and stingy amount of turkey in the $9 sandwich. Mashed avocado passed the color test. The entire sandwich was so dry that my saliva didnt activated AT ALL, and I got this for $9. Is this some kind of joke? I had been wanting to eat here with heart beats. I wont waste my time writing about it. really no second chance.. They failed from ingredients. ADIOS

Beginning of Food Criticism

Oh yeah~ Junghee came from a country serving rice as a golden rule for every meal. I decided to blog about semi-formal criticism of restaurant food. Korean wasn’t even huge on American fastfood franchises in a year I left. Smell of oil grease in my high school cafeteria seemed overwhelmed my nasal sense that I rarely had deep-fried food. The Food channel’s well constructed shows delivered entertainment and had given an opportunity to me how to say things in English. As time passed by, I became an avid cook (mostly fusion) and developed my own set of rules for “GOOD” eat.

Junghee’s Golden rules for “GOOD” eat :

1. use of fresh ingredients

2. applying right amount of heat & cooking time

3. how well accentuate good taste and kill bad taste of an ingredient

4. balance between ingredients

5. creativity and uniqueness of a dish

6. nutrient

Junghee’s eat & live philosophy :

1. everything is somehow in someway will help your body move

2. I neither believe in protein, vegan nor raw-food life style (although they have advantages that I respect and enjoy)

3. I do believe in portion control. Since I stopped growing up, my body can burn fixed calories, and metabolism is getting slow. My daily calories need is under 1,500 cal. for sedentary life style. (I really don’t have many choices from American restaurant menu)

4. There is so many different mineral and vitamin daily with my not so much daily intake that I build a habit of “eating like you come to small buffet”

5. First bite is always the best!

I am ready to bi*ching about what I eat and what I pay. For your information, Junghee doesn’t eat shell-fish except clamp nor barbacoa. no pig ears, tails, feet, noses and cow tongues. However, she likes to try new. She believes everybody have their own rules for their bodily needs and is going to write about hers.

I love RAW fish~ ❤    ✗NO RICE✗