Adventures in Chinatown

Chinatown Eaves


Spent the afternoon exploring the Chinatown district of San Francisco today.  It was beautiful and gleaming and decaying and  seedy.   Old next to new, the air reeking of cigarette smoke and the rhythm of mandarin and cantonese ringing.

I wandered in and out of the shops fingering the wonderful silks, laughing at the tacky key chains, and having fun. 

Peking Duck

Peking Duck

Decided to try peking duck for lunch.  Although I am not a huge duck fan, I have to tell you that it was amazing!  They slice it tableside and it’s served with these light as air, steamed bread/pancakes. 

 The slices of the duck are dipped in a hoisin sauce, placed in the bun and some shredded scallions are placed on top.  All you have to do is eat.  the entire idea is that the bun is simply a crispy duck skin delivery vehicle.  It’s delicious but very greasy/fatty so a little goes along way.

Walked along Market Street afterwards and then ducked into a great japanese mochi bakery.  Very tasty but some of the flavors are pretty exotic.  I’ve had a virgin version of a mixed drink that had yazu in it so I am slightly familiar with the taste.  But there were wine and yazu jelly stuffed with perilla (sesame leaves).  the taste was great but the texture was – well foreign.


4 responses to “Adventures in Chinatown

  1. Mongoose you truly write beautifully…..”and the rhythm of mandarin and cantonese ringing”… should be a poet! ….the many hidden talents of my favorite ex-Pittsburgher….
    When I was there I bought some beautiful chop stixs that are like littlw works of art with inlaid wood. I also bought some sumi/watercolor brushes…a real bargain. Really need to visit there with friends….didn’t enjoy it much as I was there all alone…..and the bus drivers were extremely rude….and the subway system is very dirty….compare to our great metro in DC….

  2. Dear Miss,
    I can’t thank you enough for your images and ainformation on your time with Liberace! Really enjoy starting a discourse btwn schools!

  3. Thank you for your kind comments Emile!

    Terry, the buses and the subway were dirtier and there. But the vibe in the city was amazing.

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