Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SF Exploration: Hakka Cuisine & Bike Tour

Nestled in what primarily looks like a residential area is my new favorite SF eatery - Hakka Restaurant.  Hakka people predominantly live in the southern parts of China (many in Guangdong where my grandparents grew up), and as such, the food is Chinese-style with Hakka / Cantonese leanings.

You can order items a la carte or in a family-style set dinner.  I would highly recommend the set dinners.  You can substitute in the Egg Yolk Crab below for a nominal charge (under $10 - I want to say it was ~$5?, originally $35) and get a bevy of other eats (dishes include stir-fried fish fillets, stuffed tofu, veggies, house special chicken, Peking pork, soup of the day, and fresh fruit for dessert = $~70).

The star of the show is the crab.  Have you ever eaten Chinese salted egg?  They dip the crab in the yolk and bake it.  The result?  Sweet, tender crab meat mixed with an almost buttery, savory flavor.  Words (especially mine) don't do it justice.  It was divine.

Try to visit at an odd time to avoid the long lines!

Egg Yolk Crab - SO delicious!

Stuffed Tofu

Stir-fried Fish Fillets

House Special Chicken w/ Ginger Scallion Oil

Bike Tour
We took the "heart of the city" tour (~9 miles over the course of 3 hrs - very doable!) with Streets of San Francisco hitting Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, the Mission, and the 7 Sisters (one is the house shown in the opening credits of my favorite childhood TV show, Full House).  I semi-expected a moving tour of the city with some half-hearted pointing and saying "here is X and here is Y," but was surprised at how in depth the tour really was.  We learned so many interesting tidbits of SF history - how the city was built upon sand dunes, the many fires, the painted ladies/Victorians, etc.  Our tour guide was genuinely enthusiastic about the history so that it never sounded like a boring lecture.  A fun way to see the city and exercise off all the yummy food :)
Street Art

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park

Us posing goofily in front of the 7 Sisters

Next on the list?  I can sometimes be a bit of a sushi purist and would love to find a place that serves uber fresh, no-frills sashimi.  A place like Sushi Gen in LA would be PERFECT!  I would also love to do something adventurous like tandem hang gliding or an aerial arts class.  What's on your list?

9 comments:

  1. YUM. The egg yolk crab looks even better in high res than on IG. My mom is Hakka (Hakkanese? Hakkaian?) but I've never heard her talk about/make any of these dishes before! I should ask the next time I go home. The ginger scallion oil is one of my favorite sauces ever. I eat the leftovers with rice sometimes, haha.

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    1. I'll put this on your West tour list! :) I heart ginger / scallion oil! I used to subsist on this plus rice in my lazy college days, lol

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  2. i love sushi gen! there's a sushi restaurant that's even more stripped down than sushi gen in sf called wayo sushi on van ness. i went there a couple years ago and it was really good. :]

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    1. OOH, I am SO excited to try your rec! Thanks so much!!

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  3. Gorgeous scenery! That art on the building is so cool...love it when cities do that. Glad you had a tour guide that was happy to share SF history with you. I loved Full House, too. :)

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    1. Hehe, glad to know there are other (younger) Full House fans out there :) Thanks Michelle!

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  4. I love reading of your food and adventure stories. I never knew that the bike tours were so informative. I should go on one! Actually I should make use of my own neglected bike lol. I can't wait to read about your next adventure. I've always wanted to try skydiving or hang gliding myself.

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    1. You should definitely make use of your bike! Ever since finding out I couldn't run anymore, I've been biking instead and really enjoy it. We do about 50-60 miles every weekend.

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  5. great pictures, the food looks so yummy! :)

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