Hello SF Hounds
I'm considering a visit up to your glorious city in a couple of months and was curious about a few things.
It's been quite a number of years since I've been to SF (last visit probably in 2000).
Since that time, I have plumbed the depths of LA's San Gabriel Valley for wondrous Chinese food. I've spent upwards of 10 months backpacking through Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and Korea. Oh, and I've married a lovely Taiwanese woman and have become semi-fluent in Mandarin.
Consider that my fave cheap eats on my last visit to SF was House of Nanking (Now I've been to Nanking!) Though I must tell you, I'm tempted to see how my refined palate will react to the food there :)
Considering the drastic change in my global food perspective, I'm expecting my chow experience in SF to be wildly different adventure this time around. This is really exciting, as I'd hardly scratched the surface in previous visits.
What I really want to know is this:
- What *cheap eats* (think $15-$20 or less per person) does SF do better than LA?
I expect to spend a lot of time tooling around Chinatown, but I don't know if it's truly worth spending precious chow time eating food that I can get equal or better (or cheaper) versions of back home. Likewise with Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Mexican, etc.
Are there Chinese ethnicities that SF represents better than SGV? I'd read that there is Hakkanese food avail in SF... my wife is partially Hakkanese, and would love to find a great representation of a famous Hakkanese soup noodle dish (with green onions and sweetish, brown dried fish crumbled on top) from the south of Taiwan, which is near impossible to find here.
We'll have a car so we don't mind heading out to the surrounding areas.