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Location of Gin Wall Hardware, SF?

twocents Apr 27, 2008 01:37 PM

Gets mentioned often as a cheaper alternative to the Wok Shop, on Grant in Chinatown, but I am having trouble googling an exact address. I'd like to visit on my next time in that neighborhood, having finally visited the Wok Shop yesterday. Thanks.

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    gordon wing Apr 27, 2008 01:43 PM

    1016 Grant Avenue - Chinatown.that's between Jackson & Pacific IIRC.
    Almost across the street from Golden Gate Bakery. Mmmmm..... egg custard tarts.
    Just look for the bakery with the line coming out the door.

    Golden Gate Bakery
    1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Ginn Wall Hardware
    1016 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

    8 Replies
    1. re: gordon wing
      twocents Apr 27, 2008 02:02 PM


      1. re: twocents
        yimster Apr 27, 2008 05:45 PM

        Ginn Wall is really a True Value hardware store with a good selection of Chinese cooking items, wok, steamers, and knifes. The selection is good but limited. If you walk down Grant Ave there are more woks and etc on the same side on the next block near Broadway.

        The prices are a little lower than the Wok Shop, but it help if can speak Chinese and can search the back alleys of Chinatown both is SF or in Oaktown.

        1. re: yimster
          peppatty Apr 27, 2008 07:55 PM

          The people at Ginn Wall speak English. They also have some asian cookbooks and cool wooden mooncake molds.

          1. re: peppatty
            yimster Apr 27, 2008 08:19 PM

            I was not talking about Ginn Wall, they speak great English. But other places not catering to the non-Chinese trade.

          2. re: yimster
            PorkButt Apr 27, 2008 08:03 PM

            There's a restaurant supply shop on the north side of Broadway one block or so west of Stockton that has a good selection of different styles of woks.

            Another reason to stop by is that I believe it's the only place around that carries a line of handmade cleavers from Hong Kong.

            1. re: PorkButt
              twocents Apr 28, 2008 11:33 AM

              Thanks for the tip. I was looking for a cheap cleaver, saw a $30 Japanese stainless one (stainless- I know, I know), found it for $20 in the second place after that I went into, thinking that I could do better. I will try to look for the handmade ones next time.

              Google streetview suggests that it is:

              Greatmin Trading Company
              780 Broadway

              Closer to Powell than broadway.

              1. re: twocents
                PorkButt Apr 28, 2008 01:12 PM

                That's the place. The handmade Chan Chi Kee cleavers are inside a glass counter but I'm not sure how much English is spoken by the staff. I've got my eye on a vegetable knife that has a thinner and longer blade than the typical cleaver.

        2. re: gordon wing
          larochelle Apr 28, 2008 01:14 PM

          Has the new baker gotten the egg tarts back up to the old standard? The crust was seriously awful right the last time I was there.

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