Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vegetarian Mission Street Food

Tomorrow's Mission Street Food (MSF), the weekly San Francisco underground foodie phenomenon whose popularity has been clogging the sidewalk outside of Lung Shan restaurant on Mission St. between 18th and 19th every Thursday from 6pm-midnight, will feature a vegetarian menu with way too many weird vegetables to discuss in detail here. At the helm will be chef Leif Hedendal, who's been a kind of shadow contributor to Weird Veg, mainly in the form of creepy carrots and assorted vegetable performance tips. MSF has recently decided to donate all of the profits from the operation to different charities, and this week's extra cash goes to the local Food Not Bombs. The dinner date will also mark my long-awaited reunion with my alleged blogmate Erin (Eggplant Kohlrabi), who's been off again traveling and working film festivals in Palm Springs and who has been posting with the frequency that Halley's Comet comes around. (Yes, that is a sharp-elbowed nudge, Erin).

For more info on MSF, go to their blog, or read more background with lovely photos on the Beer and Nosh blog.

See how many weird vegetables you can spot on tomorrow's menu:

castelvetrano olives with fennel (vegan) 3.5

chickweed, chicory, cress, chioggas, pecorino ginepro, blood orange, rosemary-filbert vinaigrette 8

Tartine walnut levain with chevre, apple, meyer lemon, wild arugala, pine nut, honey, olio nuovo, Murray River salt 8

deep fried yuba package with maitake mushroom, mustard greens, leek, miso, Buddha's hand, matcha salt (vegan) 7

roasted cauliflower with tahini, Recchiuti chocolate 85%, piment d'Espelette (vegan) 6

king trumpet mushroom, triple-fried potatoes, garlic confit, charred scallion sour cream on homemade flatbread 6

slow egg on mashed potatoes with nettles and fresh herbs 8

bucatini e cavolo nero: caramelized alliums, fried sage, toasted almonds, capers, olives, chiles, brown butter 9

humphry slocombe maple walnut ice cream with rosemary shortbread, olio nuovo, Murray River salt 5.5

humphry slocombe coconut sorbet (vegan) or oolong ice cream (not vegan) 3.25/scoop

1 comment:

katrina d. said...

Hey look, it's a Weird Veg first! I'm breaking open the comments section of my own post. Shameless self-indulgence begins with the Internet. Anyways, I just wanted to say that our WV reunion was fabulously delicious, and we loved the yuba packets (as always), king trumpets (I finally got my trumpets!), bucatini pasta with cavolo nero (dino kale, of course!), and highly comforting slow egg on mashed potatoes with nettles. Anthony's rich tastiness and Leif's freshness were a perfect culinary match. They plan to continue the pairing for future Mission Street Food nights, including this Thursday and with a newly added Saturday night stint, also at Lung Shan on Mission at 19th St.