Assist save Chinatown with our scrumptious information: Wuhan breakfast noodles, duck roti, extra
Part of the anti-racist work we have to do in the Bay Area right now is helping our immigrant-owned restaurants who have made our area a prime dining destination. This is work that tastes amazing.
Last month, SF New Deal, the Chinatown Community Development Corporation, and the San Francisco Human Services Agency announced an incredible $ 3.4 million restart for the Feed and Fuel community food program, serving seniors and families living in Chinatown are based in the SRO, served via weekly vouchers the participants can be used for meals in restaurants in the area. While this is a much-needed financial boost for these restaurants – the goal is to raise $ 1.9 million – the support will run out quickly and they still need repeat customers from all over town and beyond to make survive long term.
Rose Pak Democratic Club volunteers have compiled a guide to Chinatown restaurants that are currently offering take-away and delivery. I grew up worshiping Chinese food in San Francisco and learned how to use chopsticks shortly after picking up a pencil. However, most of my eating experience over the years has been on the Avenues, so your efforts during my last month of focused eating in Chinatown have been a helpful resource in putting together some up-to-date recommendations for you. Since number eight is associated with affluence, here are my eight top tips for getting food in Chinatown right now.
Her guide took me to Chong Qing Xiao Mian, and from there I saw that a specialty is the type of hot dry noodle bowls sold on the street for breakfast in Wuhan. I kicked myself for not ordering more than one bowl of this restaurant’s extra fresh noodles with pickled mustard, peanuts on the skin, coriander, and a fragrant and awakening chili oil because it’s a real pick-me-up.
- House of Nanking Garlic Ginger Poached Scallops
- Fang Kitchen chilli crispy
The House of Nanking, reopened for heated al fresco dining, takeaway, and delivery, adds a light and healthy twist to many dishes, but you can still get a naughty fried crunch there if needed, like I did when pairing An order of fried egg pillows filled with giant vermicelli with a main course of scallops poached in ginger and garlic, served over a pan of pea tendrils, cabbage and spinach. Chef Peter Fang’s daughter, Kathy Fang (who runs Fang Restaurant in SoMa) recently started Fang Kitchen as an online site shipping her addicting homemade sauces nationwide. You can also add them to your House of Nanking orders.
I’m a fan of the Hong Kong-style food remixes at Washington Bakery & Restaurant, where my favorite combination right now is an overflowing roti of roast duck with a side of thin and soft french fries covered with large chunks of dried and salted egg yolk. (There are quite a few “salted eggs” on the big menu if that’s a topping that takes up as much space in your brain as it does mine.) You can also order fresh noodle soup kits and raw dumplings that can be in water or Soup is cooked and ready in six minutes and tastes much better than frozen products.
Sam Wo’s BBQ Pork Noodle Roll
Our centenarian Sam Wo restaurant and its much younger owner and chef David Ho are still trying to stay there, but this is one of those places in San Francisco that we really don’t want to lose. So it’s a good time to stop by and pick up an order – or get the new delivery option if you can’t go in person. I like to order the same items I made when I was able to sit in the restaurant: BBQ pork noodle rolls served with the restaurant’s hot mustard (also available by the glass), some fish or chicken jook and a Chinese donut to dip .
Z & Y spicy beef jerky
If you don’t want to feel your face for a while, the Z&Y Restaurant has tons of numbing spice action, and I’d draw carnivores especially as a sidekick on the flavorful beef jerky for anything you order. The small cubes with spicy beef dried meat are also ideal as an omelette topper, dumpling filling or cold snack for a few days in your refrigerator.
- House of Dim Sum sweet rice balls
- House of Dim Sum Prawn Noodle Roll
The House of Dim Sum opens at 7:30 a.m. for pickup and delivery, so you don’t have to wait until the weekend for dumplings, rolls, and fresh rice noodle rolls – the latter is a particular specialty, and desserts like peanut and sugar-wrapped sweet rice balls are some of the best the city.
- Broadway Dim Sum BBQ Pork Rolls
A good place to get your fluffy BBQ pork buns is the Broadway Dim Sum Cafe, which also makes a particularly dashing house noodle soup with pork, bok choy, peanuts, and green onions. Lots of dim sum orders stay in the $ 3 to $ 5 range here, and there is a large amount of rice platters under $ 8.
With a view to the future, Mister Jiu has put the regular take-out and delivery service on hold until the end of February. So you should see in March to see if this can be done again along with eating outdoors. However, the restaurant does offer an elegant Lunar New Year dinner package for two from February 26-27. And on March 9, chef / namesake Brandon Jew will drop his book Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Sino-American Food – pre-order a signed copy through Omnivore Books.
There’s so much more to enjoy in Chinatown, and now is a particularly important time to make positive contributions to the neighborhood.