This is the down and dirty version. I hate to write long reports. I want to thank RWCFoodie for taking great notes and writing most of this report. I just made few small addition and deleted some things. When I have more time I will expand all the places we visited for the ChowNews. So if you do not get the News then you are really missing something. A lot of times I miss reports and when I get the ChowNews it a tells me all the things I miss.
Louie's California Chinese Cuisine
646 Washington Street
San Francisco CA 94111
(415) 291-8038 FAX: (415) 291-8022
Manager: Harry Leung
Munchie's Paradise - 905 Grant
Japanese candy & Chinese dried fruit, special find: candy-coated sunflower seed kernels (coating like M&Ms). Look for small bowls of samples of various dried fruit, etc. on top of the bins so you can find the ones you like
Nam Hai Corp. - 919 Grant
Herbs, dried scallops, dried abalone, shark fins, birds nests, dried shitake mushrooms, packaged Chinese pills and lotions, package teas as will as bulk teas and etc. in bulk
Dim Sum Nice Food - 1039 Stockton Street
Biggest pieces for the best price (but not they lack the best taste)
Gourmet Delight BBQ - 1045 Stockton Street
Small whole soy sauce chickens at a little over $2.00 if you buy 5 or more, good roast pig, BBQ pork, ducks and ready cooked take out food,
Napoleon Super Bakery - 1049 Stockton Street
Quality moon cakes and other Western style baked goods.
Gourmet Kitchen - 1051 Stockton Street
Best tasting dim sum and ready made cooked take out food. Also this is the place that started the fried chicken wings.
Wing Sing Dim Sum - 1125 Stockton Street
Good quality, newer style dim sum and they also have a steam table for take out food.
Bay Area Sea Food - 1135 Stockton Street
Fresh and live fish, fresh turtle eggs
What to look for when buying fresh fish:
1) Clear eyes (not always good indicator because they put glycerol drops in them)
2) Red gills, they should not be gray.
3) If you press on the flesh it should come right back.
4) They should have a fresh sea air, no fishy smell.
New Moon Restaurant "Food to Go" - 1247 Stockton Street
Delicious prepared foods; pork meatballs (Derek think this is the very best), tripe, braised chicken feet like from a dim sum place, deep fried whole Cantonese chicken, white cooked pig trotter
Wa Li Bakery - 1249 Stockton Street
Mrs. Yimster likes their breads
Sang Yang Food Co. - 641 Broadway
Shanghainese canned/bottled/dried goods recommended by Gary Soup as the store that carries food from Shanghai, but the prices are not the cheapest in Chinatown.
Lollicup Tea Zone - 1138 Grant
"Grand Opening" - bubble tea place - somewhat disorganized - product mostly too sweet according to those who purchased - buy 1 get 1 free specials
Hang Fung Tai - 1050 Grant
Dried and salted fish, other dried seafood as well as canned products. For a small store they have almost everything.
Golden Gate Bakery - 1029 Grant
Just look for the line out the door; home of what many think are the best egg custard tarts - they will be hot when you buy them - if you buy more than a couple they put them in a box with steam vents opened in the top so they won't get soggy. These are a "don't miss it" item.
GG Fortune Cookie Factory - 56 Ross Alley
Get them hot off the machine