When I am in the San Francisco area, visiting Chinatown is one of my must do’s. I love it. I think Chinatown is its own little world in a big city. Its great how clustered it is and how it feels like you are in another country. Walking through the streets you pass little markets, all sorts of restaurants and shops selling various goods. It’s a blast that needs to be had by everyone.
Good Mang Kok Bakery
This particular visit had one goal, FOOD. I wanted to eat some really good Asian food. Particularly Dim Sum. We went on a Wednesday and surprisingly many places were closed, but we lucked out and found a bakery that had some dim sum options. It’s called Good Mang Kok Bakery and their signs were mostly in Chinese with a line that was around the block, which I took as a good sign! And I was right.
The food was delicious. We ordered about 6 shrimp dumplings, 4 pork buns and 1 sticky bun to go. The total cost came up to $7.00!! That is a steal! In Las Vegas, that would have probably cost me close to $15-$20 depending on the location. From what I gathered though you really can’t go too wrong with Dim Sum options in Chinatown, so be sure to pick some up!
Floating Sushi Boat
After walking around Chinatown for another hour or so, the hunger began to set in again. This time, we wanted something a little different. We opted for sushi. But not just ANY sushi… we found a place that had sushi on a boat conveyer belt! The restaurant was called Floating Sushi Boat. Really self-explanatory.
The sushi boats come by with different options on each. The price is determined by the type of place it sits upon. The prices were fairly cheap if you ask me. After our meal the total cost came up to about $27.00 for two people.
Not bad at all! Normally all you can eat sushi in Las Vegas is $25.00 per person, so this was a really cost effective meal. I thought it would end up being more, but alas, the bargain was in our favor. 🙂
Last but definitely not least, food find in Chinatown was Eastern Bakery. Found again on a whim through Yelp searches, this bakery didn’t look too extraordinary from the outside. It didn’t even look that great once we got inside. However, I really had a craving for mooncake and egg custard. They had both, so I figured Why Not?? We picked up the order of mooncakes for about $6.00 each, egg custard for $1.50 each and sugar coconut bread for .75 cents each.
We paid the nice ladies a total of $20.00 and exited. I began eating the coconut cake and got about 20 feet away from the bakery before we unanimously decided as a group to go back for more. Everything I put into my mouth from that bakery was orgasmic. I had to have more. I returned to the bakery and doubled my order. It wasn’t until the second time around that I noticed the signs and pictures they had in the shop.
They were the oldest bakery in Chinatown! Established in 1924. That means they have been there before World War II. And to top it off, Bill Clinton is a fan. They have pictures of the former President stopping by for their baked goods on their wall as well. Eastern Bakery has stood the test of time and is still going strong. This has become a new staple for my Chinatown adventures. I know I will be back and you should go too!
Until next time…