Recent talk of rice noodles ("fun") reminded me of my old post (linked below) on the best source in San Francisco Chinatown, Yong Kee. The rice noodles are made fresh every day in full size sheets. They taste so much better than the prepacked, presliced ones in the grocery stores that are treated with preservatives. Nice and chewy, thinner, and with a silky, slippery texture.
The sheets are well-oiled to keep them from sticking together. You can use them in large pieces to wrap around various filling ingredients, or cut them into individual noodles for soup or chow fun. We find that they're easier to pull apart to separate then the prepacked kind too.
A few weeks ago, I posted on a mega-shopping morning in SF Chinatown. Simultaneously, my sister was combing Oakland Chinatown for treats to take home to our parents. With a tip from our Auntie Lizzie, she found Yong Kee's rice noodles at Yuen Hop. Yuen Hop also makes its own chinese-style noodles. We had the thin egg noodles, and they're very good for soup noodle preparations. Here's from my sister on Yuen Hop:
"It's next door to the Asian Health Center. The egg noodles are in front of the cash register on the north (the far left as one enters). There are more noodles in the vegetable cooler along the left wall just behind that register. The rice noodles are delivered from Yong Kee (SF) & were still in their delivery carton on the floor when I was there that Saturday morning. Sorry I can't be more specific (I just think of it as the noodle factory, but it looks more like a retail grocery now except for the bulk packages of noodles in different widths)."
Yuen Hop Co. [Chinatown]
824 Webster St
Oakland, CA 94607
Yong Kee [Chinatown]
732 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94133