Memories of the Slanted Door

A Slow Food Dinner 

Held at the home of Kip and Jean Wiley

December 5, 2015

At the Slow Food Sacramento’s Annual Harvest dinner in November, GlobalSpoon donated a dinner for ten people. Slow Food auctioned off the dinner which was entitled “Memories of the Slanted Door San Francisco – Our Favorite Dishes Over the Last 12 Years” – a modern Vietnamese dinner based on Charles Phan’s recipes.

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The 7-course dinner began with ginger and lime-infused vodka cocktails with shrimp chips as guests mingled. Following the seating a scallop and halibut ceviché was served in small bowls followed by Imperial rolls with a dipping sauce – the Vietnamese version of a Chinese spring roll or Filipino lumpia. After the plates were cleared a spicy lemongrass soup with shrimp was served. The fish base for the soup took two halibut carcasses simmered with lemongrass from our yard. It was topped with hot chili oil to top.

What followed was our favorite dish at the Slanted Door – crab and cellophane noodles. Two crabs from Canada (California’s Dungeness crab season was put on hold due to high levels of toxins in the crab) boiled and picked. The main course was whole roasted Branzino, stir fried shishito peppers, sautéed bok choy with oyster mushrooms and a side of rice. Throughout dinner a Riesling from Mosel was served along with an Albariño from Spain. Desert was coconut and Vietnamese tea ice cream finishing with Vietnamese coffee with sweet condensed milk.

The guests must have enjoyed themselves – they came at 6:30 PM and left after 10:30 PM. Next year – cuisine from Sichuan Province China?