UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Calling all dumpling lovers! (That would be most of us.) The ladies behind Rice Paper Scissors are hosting a pop-up this Thursday March 29th, called Rice Paper Dumpling House. They are offering a big range of handmade dumplings, from boiled pork tapioca dumplings (bánh bột lọc, which means they are gluten-free!) with pork and shrimp, shallot, scallion oil, cilantro, and nuoc cham to one with shrimp with scrambled eggs and chives to five-spice beef with carrots (wow!); 3 pieces for $6. There will also be fried dumplings, vegetables, large plates, pho, and more. Reservations here; walk-ins and takeout also available. Beer and wine for sale. 555 Golden Gate Ave. at Van Ness.
There’s pho, and there’s brunch, and then there’s Wagyu Phở Brunch! Launching this Saturday March 31st, HITACHINO BEER & WAGYU is bringing back their wagyu pho brunch that they served at a special event during Beer Week. On the menu: A5 Hitachiwagyu phở ($25), A5 Hitachiwagyu donburi ($25) with a poached egg, and soju Bloody Perrys (shochu, tomato juice, wasabi, ginger; $11), as well as their full beverage menu. Make a reservation (at hitachinosf.com or on Resy) or you can try to just come by on Saturdays 11am-3pm, but quantities are limited. Guests will receive a number and be served in order. 639 Post St. at Taylor.
Hey, it’s crawfish season! And ALBA RAY’S is totally getting into it! You can get some friends together and book a crawfish feast, which includes a family-style menu of charbroiled oysters, boudin balls, salad, and beignets in addition to the crawfish boil (which includes Cajun crawfish, potatoes, corn, and housemade andouille sausage). The crawfish feast menu is $49 per person (two person minimum) and must be reserved 72 hours in advance. Get that bib on, it’s time for mudbugs! 2293 Mission St. at 19th St.
Rice Paper Dumplings! Photo: Andria Lo Photography.