The Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco
This place is part of my regular routine now whenever I land in San Francisco. United usually lands in the morning, so I go straight through immigration and customs (which were abnormally fast today, BTW) to the rental car and right on into the city at California and Polk. And wow - there was a line forming already. I waited in line for about 45 minutes (longer than immigration at SFO!), but I finally got in.
And then I was in heaven.
The most important item: Anchor Steam Beer, brewed in San Francisco, with a taste that I miss so much. Next: clam chowder - a much thinner version than most (those darned Progresso guys messed up my head!) but incredibly tasty all the same. Then: a half dozen raw oysters on the half shell, both local (smaller, tastier) as well as from the east coast (bigger). Finally: a cold half cracked Dungeness crab. Add a little local San Francisco sourdough bread and butter, and voila: paradise.
Even though I can get certain hometown things in Singapore like Mexican food, juicy hamburgers, etc, the one thing from California that I can't get in Singapore is Dungeness Crab. The shell and meat are much more finer than that crude Sri Lankan crab used in Singapore. The meat is so nice that it's best eaten without any seasoning or sauces at all - just its pure taste after being dunked in boiling water. American seafood is one thing we can't get in Singapore - the most simple preparation, usually involving steaming or grilling, with maybe only a little butter or cocktail sauce to taste. I'm gonna eat as much of this as I can before heading back.