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SF Dish of the Month (Dec 2012) - Nominations

It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for SF Bay Area for December 2012

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for SF Bay Area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions! In the past, the dish of the month inspired a few Chowdowns so people could try the dish together....hopefully this tradition can continue!

This is the nomination thread for December 2012…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on November 29), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until November 28th.

Let the nominations begin!

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussions for SF:

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875767
Whole Chicken Stuffed w/ Sticky Rice: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871657
Cucumber Pickles: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866098
Channa Bhatura: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861176
Asian Fried Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

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  1. I'm going to renominate some dishes that have been suggested in past months, and also add some new ones:

    CHILAQUILES

    PAPAYA SALAD

    PUPUSAS

    GRILLED CHEESE

    WAFFLES

    6 Replies
    1. re: Dave MP

      CIOPINNO
      MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE
      SPINACH PIE
      VEGETARIAN BANH MI (broad, but there's not that many options out there...)

        1. re: Dave MP

          PUMPKIN with SALTED EGG
          WAFFLES (second)
          OXTAIL STEW (second)
          CANTONESE BEEF STEW

          1. FISH AND CHIPS
            ARANCINI
            BRUSSELS SPROUTS

            1. zhazhangmien (or any number of alternative spellings)

              1. Seasonal ideas:
                EGGNOG
                GINGERBREAD
                ROASTED CRAB (probably too broad)
                HOT CHOCOLATE

                1. Tons of great ideas so far!

                  In order to narrow things down, anyone should feel free to chime in and 'second' anything that you would like to push toward the voting round. I think we'll want to narrow it down to approx 4-6 for voting.

                  Also, please remember to put nominations and votes in all caps.

                  1. second CHILAQUILES
                    second EGGNOG
                    MAC & CHEESE
                    EGG TARTS
                    OXTAIL

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                      1. re: hhc

                        second OXTAIL(S)
                        second FISH & CHIPS

                        1. re: hhc

                          oxtail is more an ingredient than a dish. Can you narrow that down to a stew, soup, braise, etc?

                        2. secondMAC AND CHEESE
                          secondFISH AND CHIPS

                          1. Crab season just opened, so…

                            SALT & PEPPER CRAB

                            SALTED EGG CRAB

                            Soup or stew suits a winter day…

                            BUN BO HUE

                            BOUILLABAISSE

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                            1. RISOTTO, GNOCCHI or SPAETZLE all sound nice and warming.

                              1. second:

                                fresh crab dishes, however broadly/narrowly defined (I'd vote for broader)

                                also thinking seasonally in a different way:

                                potato latkes

                                fruitcake

                                3 Replies
                                1. re: sundeck sue

                                  Local Dungeness crab would make sense, since the season just started and may not last long.

                                    1. re: bbulkow

                                      What would you want the dish be if the ingredient dungeness crab was involved this month? Plain steamed or boiled would be a waste since so many of us have reported success at doing that at home already. A few interesting preparations have been suggested already (roasted, salt & pepper, salted egg) and would require 2nd'ing in all caps to launch to the voting round. I'd like to second some kind of flavored whole dungeness crab preparation, but would want to make sure it's prevalent enough that we're not all going to the same two places.

                                2. CHINESE ROAST DUCK

                                  OYSTER PO'BOYS

                                  1 Reply
                                  1. Since they are a traditional food for the Christmas season, how about:

                                    TAMALES

                                    1 Reply
                                    1. +1 CANTONESE BEEF STEW
                                      +1 CHINESE ROAST DUCK
                                      +1 TAMALES
                                      FISH JOOK

                                      1. Sorry for the delay....the voting thread is up here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879780

                                        There are a lot of suggestions this month, so I did my best to choose the most popular. If anyone writes in anything else, then I will also add it to the main list. But remember, just one vote per person!