Best Chinatown Restaurants

Best Chinatown Restaurants

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    Chinese businessmen frequent the upstairs area at R&G Lounge, where Cantonese banquet menus are the usual, featuring fresh produce and fresh fish. The downstairs gets packed at lunchtime with locals gorging on the cheap rice plates.
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    Try the braised noodle with spicy meat sauce, a Cantonese, Southern-style take on a Northern dish. Also good is the braised lamb with dried bean curd in the clay pot section.
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    The most impressive, dramatic Chinese restaurant in the city seats more than 1,000. Exceedingly fresh dim sum, particularly the sui mai. Beer and wine only.
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    Fans of the small eatery rave about it's vast array of dumplings and authentic taste. Be warned, Delicious Dim Sum only takes cash and it's a bit of hike to get to this spot, but it's worth it.
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    Regulars tend to order takeout but dining in the spanking-clean restaurant is also a pleasant experience. Try the pork-stuffed tofu over Chinese greens, beef chow fun or one of the many authentic porridges.
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    Chef Ji Nei focuses on light and delicate flavors, often steaming or brining the food. He is said to shop every day in Chinatown which means the menu changes nightly. Foo yung abalone, scrambling eggs with shellfish is one specialty.
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    Hunan Home's Restaurant has not allowed its standards to dip. Alongside the standard potstickers and spring rolls are more rarefied items, like the succulent bread called ningsi juen, steamed rolls that you can also order deep fried.
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    People line up twice a day to try the Shanghai-style cooking (and great noodles) at this barebones restaurant -- just overlook the spare interior, long lines and brusque service.
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    The key word at this longtime San Francisco institution is spice. From the hair-raising hot sauce accompanying Henry's steamed dumplings to the curried tofu or chicken curry, the Hunan is definitely one of Chinatown's hottest spots.
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    Hang Ah bills itself as San Francisco's oldest dim sum house. Opened in 1920, the colorful decor in this tiny spot reflects the equally colorful fare. Popular edibles include barbecue pork steam buns, shrimp dumplings, and sticky rice with pork.
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    Straightforward Chinese food made with fresh ingredients. Not a lot of distinction between dishes, but a great bargain at lunch.
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    Cantonese seafood is a specialty at Great Eastern, which displays your potential dinner, everything from Dungeness crabs and prawns to catfish and black bass, in large tanks in the dining room.
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