San Francisco’s Chinatown

I had a free afternoon to sightsee. Off to Chinatown! It was a short walk from the hotel and it was beautiful out.

SF Chinatown

Chinatown is centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. While walking, I spot the iconic Dragon Gate that marks the entrance.

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and considered the largest Chinese community outside Asia. It is highly recommended to tourists as a must-see. I had to see how it compared to New York City’s as well.

Chef Hung's

Soon after walking up the main street, I kept my eyes open for a good place to have lunch. I strolled down one of the side streets and came upon Chef Hung’s Restaurant. I walked down the stairs into the basement. Very casual and bare with a few tables occupied. It was all Chinese clientele. Always a good sign!

Chef Hung's Interior

The menu looked really good and I wish I could try it all. I kept it limited to a couple of dishes though.Β No pork chops. No noodles. No pan-fried flounder. One of the few downfalls of dining solo. Oh well.Β  I ordered the spring rolls as an appetizer. They came out hot and crispy, served with sweet and sour sauce.

Spring Roll
Spring Roll

I also ordered the Szechuan chicken. It’s pretty much General Tso’s chicken, but slightly better. The light breading provided a nice crisp coating and the chicken was very moist and the sauce was very tasty and slightly spicy.

Szechuan Chicken
Szechuan Chicken

Fully satisfied from lunch, I walked around some more to check out other sites and stores.

Trade Mark Building

Eastern Bakery
Eastern Bakery

Oh and I had to try a freshly baked pork bun from Eastern Bakery.

Canton Bazaar
Canton Bazaar

The Cantaan Bazaar has many Asian-inspired clothes, accessories, and home decor. They also offer high quality silk products at affordable prices.

Herb Shop

Peking Duck

Many of the stores offered an abundance of different items and made for some interesting window shopping.

They're Everywhere!

They’re Everywhere!

I really enjoyed spending my afternoon wandering the streets of Chinatown. The good food and shops are worth checking out.

Chef Hung’s Restaurant
823 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 398-6883

Eastern Bakery
720 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 433-7973

Canton Bazaar
616 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 362-5750


Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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