San Francisco Chinatown

san francisco chinatown

After shopping at the Ferry Building, we hopped onto a cable car and rode to the famous San Francisco Chinatown.  This chinatown is the largest outside of Asia, oldest in North America, and covers 24 square blocks.  Even though we live in a predominantly Asian part of Southern California, being in San Francisco’s Chinatown felt very different.  Here there were lots of people, narrow streets, tiny shops filled with fun stuff, colorful buildings, and the smell of Chinese style dishes and desserts wafting in the air.  It almost felt like we were in a different country.

san francisco chinatown

san francisco chinatown stores

san francisco chinatown architecture

I absolutely loved the architecture.  Everything was so decorative, colorful, and really lit up the gloomy sky with its bright oranges, teals, and reds.

san francisco chinatown fruit stand

They even had fruit stands right on the street.  They don’t have these in LA, other than at farmers markets.

san francisco chinatown fruit stand

san francisco chinatown yee's restaurant

After wandering around for a couple of hours, we hopped into Yee’s Restaurant and decided to have lunch.  Up until this point in our trip, we hadn’t had anything Asian, so we were definitely craving some good ole Chinese food.

san francisco chinatown chinese food

Hanging roasted ducks, soy sauce chickens, and a slab of pork decorated their window.  Lots of tourists were taking photos in front of this wondow.

san francisco chinatown

The restaurant was really busy, but good thing we grabbed a table before we passed out from hunger lol.

san francisco chinatown

Hot black tea to warm us up.

san francisco chinatown

Chili paste, vinegar, soy sauce, and white pepper.

san francisco chinatown

Seafood  and vegetables with pan fried thick cut rice noodles.  Everything about this was delicious.  The shrimp was very fresh and the vegetables cooked just right.  It was so flavorful that we could have just eaten the noodles with the gravy!

san francisco chinatown

Won Ton Noodle soup with Roasted Duck.  DELICIOUS.

san francisco chinatown

BBQ pork on rice.  The pork wasn’t fatty, dry, or overly sweet/salty.  To this day, I still think that they were best I’d ever eaten.  Jon is a connoisseur of Chinese BBQ Pork, and even he thought they were delicious.  Though… he prefers the sweeter, crisper texture found in the BBQ Pork here in LA.

san francisco chinatown

Of course we brought out our Drinkwell Softers Strawberry with Rose Geranium soft drink we bought from the farmers market.  It was still cold, very bubbly, and went perfectly with the food.

San Francisco Chinatown / Wikipedia / Yelp / Trip Advisor / Yee’s Restaurant Yelp

 

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