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Nhu took PPQ newbies Jacobo, Alice and me out for crab the other night in the Outer Richmond district of San Francisco- YAH!!! PPQ Dungeness Island (isn't that the best name ever? Stands for Pho Phu Quoc), serves whole crab prepared in a variety of ways, Vietnamese style. No joke, this place is the real deal! The place was packed, with an upstairs as well as back room, and we waited about 20 minutes for a table. It was worth it- the meal was incredible, where everything was fresh, and cooked to perfection.

Pics courtesy of Alice's phone cam- thank the lordylord. Shame on me for forgetting my camera! Here goes!

Peppercorn crab- this one is lightly battered and fried, and a bit spicy. The crab was so moist inside though, which was such a nice balance with the fried bits. Love it!


Roasted crab- this one was the surprise hit- it came in this sort of goupy concoction which was broth and the crab innards, I think. It was garlicky and delicious. Again, the crab was fresh, moist and meaty.


I love me some green beans, but even more so when they are actually cooked right! These were deep fried (I'm assuming) and sauteed to a crisp in a garlic sauce. It's very difficult to cook beans- even 2 seconds too long in the wok makes them soggy. Great job PPQ!


Pasta-like, crinkly egg garlic noodles. Must get. We poured the sauce and fried bits from both crab dishes on this- so good. We also got crab fried rice which I don't have a pic of, but was also excellent.


Nhu and Jacobo! They have bibs waiting for you at the table when you get there- somehow the meal ended up all over me anyway.


Rounding out the meal was superb service by our cute waiterboy. There's also PPQ restaurant in the Sunset, where I will going soon for my pho fix. Thanks Nhu for introducing us to this awesome place!

PPQ Dungeness Island
2332 Clement St
Between 24th & 25th Avenues
San Francisco, CA
(415) 386-8266