I feel like Chef Brandon Jew grew up going to the same Chinese banquets I went to as a child.
When my family went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, specifically those serving up Cantonese cuisine, the menu typically had prix fixe banquet menus offering different number of courses at varying prices for a complete […]Read the full post →
The story: The people behind the extremely popular dim sum tea house Koi Palace in Daly City has entered the heart of San Francisco with a new restaurant called Dragon Beaux in the Outer Richmond neighborhood. It serves dim sum during the day and turns into a gathering for hot pot dining at night.
Why […]Read the full post →
The story: Hong Kong style cafes, known as cha cha teng, our Western-style cafes in Hong Kong with distinct Chinese dishes. They’re popular for groups of teens gathering for bubble tea and snacks or senior citizens sipping on tea and reading their Chinese newspapers. Smile House Cafe is a fairly new such cha cha teng […]Read the full post →
In the last few months when dining at modern Asian restaurants, I noticed a dish popping up often on the menu as an entree option. That dish is rice congee, also known as jook in Chinese.
So it’s not unusual to see jook on the menu of a Chinese restaurant, but for dinner? It’s traditionally […]Read the full post →
The story: Shanghai Dumpling Shop is a no-nonsense Chinese restaurant in the heart of the little downtown of Millbrae, serving up Shanghainese food, including the popular soup dumplings known as xiao long bao.
Why I went: I love Shanghai soup dumplings and when I noticed fellow foodie Foodnut Instagrammed a photo […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in early November 2015.
The story: The people who made tacos hip with their Tacolicious restaurants now want to do the same with Chinese food, specifically Taiwanese-style street food through the restaurant Chino. (Note: The name officially has the Spanish-style punctuation where an exclamation point is seen first and last, […]Read the full post →
One night when it was raining, I craved something comforting and warm. And for me that’s usually soup noodles or dumplings.
So I made my way to Hutong Dumpling Bar, which is nestled in a little alley (technically Market Lane) in the Chinatown district of Melbourne. I got there soon after it […]Read the full post →
One thing I’ve learned about Chinese restaurants is that chefs don’t stay at one place for a long time, so consistency over the years can be a challenge.
I wanted to put that to the test at one of the Bay Area’s more popular dim sum tea houses – Koi Palace in Daly City. The […]Read the full post →
One of the first T.V. cooking shows I watched as a little kid was “Yan Can Cook” featuring the gregarious Chef Martin Yan. Maybe because he reminded me of an uncle, I watched as he diced and chopped his way around the kitchen to make hearty Chinese dishes that were both familiar and exotic.
Through […]Read the full post →
Mission Chinese Food is indescribably. Is it a pop-up? Is it a shared restaurant? Is it really Chinese food?
Nothing really applies to this uniquely San Francisco restaurant, which originally began as a weekly pop-up with visiting guest chefs in a longtime divey Chinese restaurant and then turned into a modern Chinese-American spot attracting foodies […]Read the full post →
Earlier when I blogged about Chef’s Wok in Alameda, I talked about how it probably benefited from the overflow of people trying to get into East Ocean Seafood Restaurant – the often-recommended spot for dim sum on the East Bay.
So I decided I should do a proper review of this popular teahouse, a […]Read the full post →
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