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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Street Food Dojo Brightens Boring FiDi Intersection with Kimchee, Dawgs and Bentos

Posted By on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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  • Pete Kane

As someone who can never get enough Asian street food, I'm delighted that Street Food Dojo has been up and running on Market and Post for a while now, filling hungry bellies with kimchee fried rice and Spam masubi. And it's way tastier than the crap that the Cobra-Kai Dojo from The Karate Kid churned out. Indeed, casual dining on Market continues to improve.

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  • Pete Kane

Having taken over the former home of Zog's Dog's, it's still a spiritual home people who like unconventional franks. A Dojo Dawg comes with wasabi aioli, apple slaw and furikake, the flaked Japanese condiment made from dried fish, seaweed, and salt. (They also ran a sumo hot dog for awhile; perhaps other iterations will surface). The granddaddy was the katsu curry bento, which wasn't especially pretty but hit the spot after I slathered the rice with Sriracha. It makes no bones about being anything beyond fried things with a helping of rice, but the seasoning was strong and the chicken tender. I'd steeled myself against a long wait but it popped up within minutes.

While nominally open until 6 p.m., SF Dojo is one of those lunch-heavy places that starts seriously running out of stuff by 2:00. So best plan accordingly. Also, "1 Post Street" is a bit of a red herring, as the dojo is tucked off Market Street behind the high-rise with that address, not on Post proper, and definitely not down in the depressing pit of retail ringing Montgomery BART. Overall, it's a slightly less refined version of JapaCurry and arguably a notch more expensive here and there, but more than satisfying -- and you don't have to chase it down.

Street Food Dojo, 1 Post, 361-6610.

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