Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Feb 6, 2012 12:21 AM

Taiwanese or Northern Chinese Breakfast for 70 people

A friend of mine wants to host a Sunday wedding brunch (at a restaurant) for about 70 people. She wants to eat the types of foods you'll find at a Taiwanese or Northern Chinese Breakfast: dou jiang (soy bean milk), shao bing (baked buns), youtiao (chinese doughnuts), green onion pancakes, shanghai noodles, etc. She's not looking for a dim sum place, but I guess if they had good versions of these items, that would be okay.

I've done some searching, and there are a few options in the South Bay. However, she'd like this to be in SF proper. Another issue is that Sunday is primetime for a lot of places, and they might not be willing to lock out their regular clientele for a large party. With that in mind, she'd be open to a place that doesn't normally serve Chinese Breakfast on Sunday, but whose chef could do an excellent job at preparing an appropriate menu. The Shanghai places in the Sunset and Richmond are pretty small, so nothing immediately comes to mind.

Any ideas?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. seen taiwanese tour buses rolled into shanghai bistro, 1055 el caminor real, millbrae, they did the same at shanghai east. (san mateo)

    3 Replies
    1. re: shanghaikid

      How about Taste of Formosa on Clement? The have a decent size upstairs and I think the food is good.

      There's the Taiwan restaurant (I haven't been in ages so don't know the quality) on Clement and another one on Ocean and 19th Avenue.

      1. re: jzc

        Taipei on ocean is gone. owner passed, wife sold biz.
        2nd floor would have nice for the get together.

        bund shanghai, 641 jackson st. is roomy. not sure if they are interested.

        taste of formosa roomy as well.

        1. re: shanghaikid

          I walked by Taipei yesterday and it appears to be open and serving "mandarin dim sum." Have never eaten there so no idea about the quality but perhaps you would like to check it out to see if food and space will work.

    2. Try Five Happiness on Geary. They serve that kind of breakfast items and has enough table space.

      1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I've sent my friend the link to this thread and will report back soon.

        1. I'm bumping this. My friends might go with Taste of Formosa but are game for any place (Five Happiness can't accommodate them). Their requirements are:
          (1) dou jiang (soy bean milk) and excellent youtiao (chinese doughnuts).
          (2) location must be in the Richmond or Sunset
          (3) they're flexible in terms of other dishes

          They're considering some dim sum places that say they can prepare youtiao despite them not being on the menu, but are worried they'll not make them competently. Any other suggestions?

          6 Replies
          1. re: hyperbowler

            Maybe Dumpling Kitchen on Taraval? Didn't try their youtiao though. Also you might try Old Shanghai on Geary, which I always overlook.

            Once you rule out Five Happiness this becomes a surprisingly difficult set of parameters. Most of the Shanghainese/Shandong/Beijing places in SF are either tiny, not known for breakfast items, or both. (SDK, Shanghai House, Kingdom of Dumpling/Kingdom of Noodles, Old Mandarin Islamic, San Tung, etc. all fail on at least one of the criteria.)

            Does Hakka serve youtiao?

            1. re: bigwheel042

              doubt Hakka serves youtiao, Hakka is southern chinese cuisine.

              1. re: bigwheel042

                Unfortunately, Tablehopper has reported that Old Shanghai has closed.

                1. re: bigwheel042

                  Thanks! You bring up a lot of good points.

                  IIRC, Dumpling Kitchen is far too small. Looking at some online pictures (please correct me if I'm wrong), size also seems to rule out San Dong House and Old Shanghai.

                  1. re: hyperbowler

                    Dumpling Kitchen has at least a dozen tables IIRC and might be able to handle 70. Maybe you're thinking of Kingdom of Dumpling nearby? That place is truly tiny.

                    1. re: bigwheel042

                      Thank you so much--I did have them confused and just stopped in. We need to talk to the owner, but it doesn't look like they can devote the place to us.

              2. Thanks all for the input.

                Based on all their constraints, and availability of places, we tested six or seven dishes at Taste of Formosa. All were pretty lackluster, including some dumplings that used pre-made skins.

                Back to the drawing board. They're going to go with a dim sum place instead. I'll make another post for dish suggestions at that location before we do a test run this weekend.