Please check my Chinatown Itinerary....
I'm takin a small group of out of town/state people to Chinatown on a Saturday.
Here is a few places I thought of to do. Please tell me what to add or drop, because I have been reading both new and older posts. Thanks.
Mei Sum Bakery - Bahn Mi
Eldo - Egg tart, sponge cake and Beef Curry Turnover
Ho Yuen Ting - Coconut Bun
Either Dumpling Cafe or Best Little Restaurant
Should I go to DC just for Taiwan Bun, or stay for lunch.
Went to Best Little and liked it there, great pork ribs and lettuce wraps.
Bubble Tea at 163?
C-Mart for Shopping afterward. Also, is there any other market specialty store I should put on my list? Chinatown is now spread out to across Kneeland (highway) and would like to show them a nice day. We will park in one of the lots in Chinatown and be walking, which is fine. But I may have missed things the last time I went in.
Thanks in advance. BTW, I have searched for any unique finds, but no luck.
My fav bubble tea is at Great Taste, good bakery there too. I like the buns with the yellow custard inside and the yellow crust on top.. Sometimes called pineapple buns but not all pineapple buns have the cream in them. I think they call them "custard buns". I hear the restaurant is also very good but have not eaten there.
I usually park in the garage across the highway above Hei La Moon, if you eat some dimsum at HLM they will give you a discounted parking ticket. there is a decent grocery store in that block as well.
The lots seem to cost more than the garages from what i have experienced. there is another garage on Beach street
I really like Dumpling Cafe, but if you're chow-crawling and only get one dish, I think their XLB ("mini juicy pork or pork/crab buns") are the best in the neighborhood.
Also check out:
Eagle Kitchen Supply on Lincoln St. Cooking and serving supplies.
Shojo on Tyler St for cocktails at its charming little bar.
Chinatown Hit on Harrison Ave near Beach St for kitschy, cheap, tacky clothing, shoes, housewares, decorations, counterfeit designer goods and souvenirs.
There are currently three: Beach St at Lincoln, Washington at Beach (both Chinatown), and Washington at Herald in the South End.
Probably more accurate to call the second one Knapp Street at Beach, as they've kept the Washington Street entrance locked for a few months now (which scared me as a fire hazard).
The purple taro crepe-wrapped taro buns at 101 are one of my favorites. Also, all of their items have ingredient listings set out in English, so if anyone has limitations and wants pastries, head there.
163 is my go-to for bahn mi, but I'm vegetarian and their mock duck is great; meat-eaters may rank bahn mi differently.