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Chinatown USA

Has Eight Tables in San Francisco Predicted the Future of Fine Dining?

It was a small loss, amid so many overwhelming ones, but one of the pleasures that disappeared when the dining…

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The Classics

Hang Ah Remains Entwined in the Roots of Chinatown

On a morning in September 2020, the streets in San Francisco’s Chinatown are empty of the usual throngs. Anyone outside…

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Chinatown USA

Six Dishes That Tell The Story of San Francisco’s Chinatown

Was the inventor of San Francisco’s famous Hangtown Fry — a scramble of eggs, oysters and bacon — really a…

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Chinatown USA

All Brandon Jew Wants Is For Chinese Restaurants to Know Their Worth

When a Chinese auntie pays you a compliment — perhaps lauding your intelligence or admiring your rosy cheeks — there…

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Three butchers standing in front of Hing Lung restaurant

Chinatown USA

The Resy Guide to San Francisco Chinatown, By Those Who Love It Best

San Francisco Chinatown is the oldest and one of the most historically significant Chinatowns remaining in the United States. So…

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The Meaning of a Dish

The Chinese American Dish That Isn’t, Really

My mother does not care for honey walnut shrimp. “It is not a normal Cantonese dish,” she says. Cantonese people…

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Chinatown USA

Mere Portals: The Doorways & Dishes of Chinatown

If you like mysteries, Chinatown’s got mysteries. I mean, I’ve been coming here since my teens, but have never been…

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