24 Hrs In San Francisco (A Guide)
Flying from LAX to San Francisco is more of a hassle than it's worth. If you've never had to travel through LA traffic consider yourself lucky. LA traffic takes normal everyday city traffic and applies the theory of evolution to it. For years LA has forgone the notion of public transportation and ridesharing and decided they could just build more lanes to offset traffic and now that there are homes in the way of those wider roads, so we just have one gigantic parking lot called the 405. Anyway a typical flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco is about $200 and what with all the security and the issues on the tarmac we went through it made me wish I had responded to that $50 carpool ad on Craigslist. Anyways here's the game plan. We had 24 hours to get to a wedding and grab and early meal here's how it went.
We came here for a wedding but what my dad came here for was dim sum. San Francisco has some of the best dim sum any where. Here's a run down of a few places we looked into and where we ended up going.
City View, Financial District, SF
This is the place my cousin took everyone after her wedding: not for her reception, just the day after, I heard it was incredible and I come from a family of asian people. I wasn't able to make it because Burdette and I got on a plane the night before. Right now Yelp says it has a poor health rating, but sometimes it's hard to have an amazing restaurant and clean everything. Anyways I'm sure it was cleaner than a few of the restaurants I visited in South America and everyone down there seems happy; and more importantly: alive.
Dol Ho, ChinaTown, SF
This place is cheap and cramped but they know their way around dim sum. It's cafeteria style and in the middle of Chinatown. We ended up here by accident because I was hungry, my dad wasn't too happy because of how run down the place was, but the food was great. Like all dim sum places, the food arrived quickly; some in aluminum containers and other steamed in bamboo containers. The whole meal ran us about $10/person. Not to shabby.
Restoran Loon Sing Sdn Bhd
This isn't a dim sum restaurant per se and we didn't go to it but I needed to include it because my dad would not stop talking about. According to him there is a dish here called 'Buddha Jumps Over the Wall' that is the stuff of legends. It is so good that there are several Chinese poems written about this dish. The most well known one refers to a scholar who used to travel across China by foot during the Qing Dynasty. As he traveled he stored all of his food in a clay jar and when he made a meal he would warm the jar over an open fire and the aroma would travel to neighboring villages. During one of his trips to Fuzhou, the capital of the Fujian Province, he made his dish by a Buddhist monastery. The poem goes on to say that although monks were not allowed to eat meat; that the aroma of the dish was so wonderful that one of the monks jumped over the temple wall just to try the dish. It was a dish that even Buddha would scale a temple wall for, and that is how it earned its namesake.