San Jose

June 7, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Gombei’s Chicken Udon

by Kayoko Akabori

We all have those comfort dishes that are close to our heart, and transport us back to childhood when biting into whatever it may be. For me, a bowl of chicken udon from Gombei always makes me tear up with nostalgia. Originally a little diner-style eatery in San Jose’s Japantown, Gombei has been a Bay […]

March 27, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Tsukemen @ Ramen Halu (San Jose)

by Kayoko Akabori

I should confess that I have never really been a fan of tsukemen (ramen with dipping sauce). Shouldn’t ramen be in a piping hot broth, brimming with scallions and chashu (pork) and menma (bamboo shoots)? Tsukemen just always seemed so WRONG to me, despite the fact that I love zaru soba (cold soba with dipping […]

February 3, 2010


by Kayoko Akabori

Let’s talk today on the subject of one of my favorite foods in the world: pho. But this is not just any kind of pho. I’m talkin’ FRIED PHO. No joke, I crave this every single day and have been dying to share this discovery with you. It’s my ideal debut post for this sparkling […]

March 14, 2009

PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Ox Penis at Bun Bo Hue An Nam

by UM Guest

Preface:PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Taqueria Eduardo #4PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Banh Mis at DakaoPELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Fried Chicken at Hydration Written by PelletPhotography and Captions by Kayoko I don’t even remember the name of the bowl of soup they serve, but it’s great. Fat noodles, animal blood, ox penis, really distinct broth – everything […]