Hey. This is the food blog, mmm-yoso!!! Kirk is kind of busy, ed (from Yuma) is sort of busy and Cathy is crazy busy, but needs a bit of a diversion from things going on right now.
Here's a bit of a break from the Week of Sushi. Instead of raw seafood for lunches and dinners, pieces of efficiently butchered meats stuffed into intestinal casings and served for breakfast is the subject.
Not just plain old American breakfast sausage in a biscuit though. San Diego is a Melting Pot of people from all over the world, and the first meal of the day for many is usually comforting as well as convenient.
Stepping into K Sandwich, there is a printed menu item taped to the front counter as well as a placard on the counter at the register. " Trung Cha LX". Chinese sausage, pate, eggs on a (warmed) banh mi roll with pickled vegetable, jalapeño and cilantro ($3.50). The most expensive (and heaviest) sandwich here.
That's it - on the right. On the left is a ham, cheese and egg on a (fresh, warm) croissant ($2.75). Both are wonderful breakfast choices.
Here's a close up of a Trung Cha LX from another visit. The slices of the Chinese sausage are pretty thick, grilled nicely and a good amount. The eggs are scrambled hard and the combination of vegetable flavors with a mild pate is magically perfect.
I've tried many Chinese sausages, sold at every Asian market around and some are very sweet and have no other flavor and others are rich and include grain alcohol as an ingredient. All are kind of thin and don't take on much of a 'char' after being steamed and sauteed and I've had to slice them into odd shapes to get as much surface area as possible to sauté and make the sausages more flavorful. This is the brand K Sandwich uses; sold in the refrigerator section next to the bread and croissants and I do like it the best.
K Sandwiches 7604 Linda Vista Road at Mesa College Drive San Diego 92111 (858)278-8961
Chow King is a chain that began in the Philippines in 1985 and has made its way here, with four locations in San Diego County. I know it goes against my New Year Resolution (to make an effort to patronize local businesses), but the breakfast here fulfills all of my cravings...(not the All Day Breakfast in the sign, but this one:)
Rice, a basted egg, bangus (milkfish) and sweet longaniza, a chorizo-like sausage popular in the Philippines ($7). The bangus is sour with a vinegar base to it and the longaniza here has pineapple juice as its base. Longaniza is made with various spices related to the region: garlic-y, sour or sweet as well as with various meats as the base (chicken, beef and even tuna).
As an aside, other 'breakfast-y" items I like at Chow King are the Chicharap (shrimp chips), usually an add on for $1
and the "Taho", a tofu beverage usually served cold, but when you ask for it hot (and with no added brown sugar syrup) it arrives in a reusable container and is filled with boba as well as a silky tofu. This is comforting for me.
Chow King 8955 Mira Mesa Boulevard San Diego 92126 (858) 653-4977 website.
We've been on a search for basturma in San Diego and found it sold -and served at breakfast- at Valley Foods in El Cajon. The breakfast plate ($6.99) includes sliced sauteed basturma mixed with fluffy scrambled eggs and is served with a (fresh, baked in the store) sammoon bread and plate of pickled turnips and onions, tomatoes and hot peppers. It is wonderful.
We've tried to recreate this meal at home, buying each type of basturma (lamb or beef) of the home made sausage and it's still better when prepared for us at Valley Foods (plus we can go shopping after we eat)...the eggs are unusually creamy, light and fluffy.
The basturma is a very solid (because it is air dried) sausage and the beef one has a bit of hot paprika in addition to the garlic, cumin and fenugreek spices. Both sausages are good and the same price ($7.99/lb).
There are other breakfast sausage options in the county: I'm researching. Hope you're enjoying the weekend!
Valley Foods 1275 East Main Street El Cajon 92021 (619) 749-8355 Website