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.
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?
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?
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.