Sambousiks at Arabian Nights in the Mission! Baked and stuffed with meat and nuts, these Middle Eastern sambousiks were delicious. A perfect combination with hookah!
Official version Baked crescents, seasoned meat & pine nuts
Golden triangles at Siam Lotus thai on Haight!
Official version Crispy triangle crepes stuffed with mashed potatoes, & mixed peas wrapped with spring roll skins & Thai herbs & spice, served with peanut sweet & sour sauce. (how on earth is a samosa a crepe?!)
Four golden triangles basking in the light at “Best of Thai noodle” on Haight Street, San Francisco
A Vegetarian Curry Puff at a Thai restaurant called Ploy II in the Haight Ashbury district.
Although this was not named a samosa on the menu, I am including it here since it did look like one. I ordered it thinking it would be similar to a Indian veg puff - but it turned out to be a deep fried small samosa covered in a sweet syrup, stuffed with veggies. You get 5 of those for $6 so its well worth the price.
Thai samosas, again! At Amarin Thai on Castro Street, Mountain View. I liked these much better as they were spicy, stuffed with potatoes and came with a intriguing sauce/chutney - the red one that you can see in the picture.
Official version Mixed potato, vegetable oil with curry powder sauce wrapped with a flour paper and deep-fried
A Thai samosa at Sweet Basil Thai in Foster City. The samosas were small, crispy and sweet. And no, I am not too fond of sweet samosas :(
Official version Crispy wrap with mixed potato, onion and curry powder
Finally! An Indian samosa! There are zillions of Chaat houses in Fremont (and no, I have NOT been to all of them) but Chaat Bhavan is pretty legitimate. A simple hot samosa, with the traditional combination of a spicy green chutney and a sweet chutney - on a stainless steel plate - what more could you ask for? You get two of these too! Seriously, just go there!
Official version two crispy shells stuffed with potatoes & peas with chutney
A sambosa at Cafe Sophia - an Afghani restaurant in Palo Alto. This was similar to the previous Sambusak…a bit like the Indian puff and stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. Here the sambosa is on top of a Bolani and the dumplings are called Ashak. Don’t miss the Afghani Chai if you go here…out of this world!
Official version A puff pastry filled with baby spinach and feta cheese, baked to perfection.
A sambusak at Dish Dash in Sunnyvale. Looks & feels like the Indian puff, but is stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. Surprisingly its a whole entree by itself and not just an appetizer. Three of them will definitely fill you up! Not spicy, not sweet either.
Official version Spinach, mushrooms, onions, almonds and feta cheese wrapped in filo dough, and served with a special tahini-herb sauce.
An Ethiopian sambussa, at Zeni’s in San Jose. Looks just like the Indian puff, tastes a bit sweet on the outside but gets spicy in the interior. I had one that was stuffed with veggies and sprouted lentils. A bit expensive at $3 each. Thanks to Janice on Yelp for the pic
Official version Thin dough shells stuffed with lentils, onion, hot green & herbs. This meatless dish is lightly deep fried in vegetable oil to a golden perfection