Quest for amazing ingredients in SF
Hi all, I'm on a quest for amazing ingredients I can get in San Francisco. I'll be hitting the Ferry bldg farmer's market, of course, but I'm also interested in non-produce that's available further afield.
-fresh rice noodles from Kun Wo Food Product (2939 16th St, San Francisco, CA)
-fresh milled flours from Josey Baker Bread/The Mill (736 Divisadero Street. San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 345-1953)
I'm a bit too squeamish to be looking for live animals, but otherwise am super open to possibilities. (I like these ingredient quests to open new culinary doors for me, so it doesn't matter if I've used it or heard of it before.)
Thanks so much for sharing the delights of your city!
re: miss louella
I found Rainbow market a fun mix of people and products. Was sort of overwhelmed so I didn't end up buying too much, but wanted to report that the Guisto polenta is really wonderful. I don't know how they mill the grain, but whatever they do makes for a really nice (to me) mix of fine and coarse so the polenta itself is amazingly smooth and nicely textured at the same time. Fantastic. Crave worthy. I need more.
I like Hodo Soy's products, particularly their yuba and the braised tofu (if you have the time, their factory tour is really fun).
Tons of sources for great farm-fresh eggs. I believe this is the most complete thread on that topic:
Also love Gioia burrata, which is made in the the greater L.A. area, but is available at places like Cowgirl Creamery, Bristol Farms in the mall, and occasionally Bi Rite.
Oh, also a fan of Sinto Kimchi. You can find it at Whole Foods and Rainbow. Speaking of which, I also like Bubbies sauerkraut from the bulk bin at Rainbow, which somehow seems tastier than the jarred version, but maybe it's my imagination?
4505 Meats is well worth a visit. They have an outpost near 16th and Mission (easily combined with a trip to Kun Wo) that's open 7 days a week.
Wow, thanks so much! I had no idea there was a Hodo Soy tour. (Turns out they're putting a hold on tours from March to June 2014, so I'll miss that, but some other time!)
Gonna hit 4505 for sure and will be exploring Rainbow (repeatedly, I bet).
I better walk to all these places to work off some of the deliciousness. :-)