Hakka cuisine is characterized by its roots in region in Southern China, namely Fujian and Guangdong. The people from Hakka were called the Han and originally from the northern provinces of China. Instead of taking a trip across the world to experience Hakka cuisine, you can venture out to the Outer Richmond district in San Francisco to try some Hakka Restaurant’s delicacies. It’s best to make reservations since it gets packed on the weekends.
Their specialties include the Eight Treasure Duck, which is a special dish you have to order in advance. The waiter gave me insight that this dish takes three hours to steam. the duck is stuffed with different ingredients, given an earthy taste to it.
My favorite dish of the night was the Pumpkin Strips with Salted Egg. This dish is essentially salted egg battered kabocha squash. If you order the Salted Egg Crab, the crab is dipped in the same better as the Pumpkin Strips. I never imagined that these flavors would work well together, but surprisingly it was really good.
Dishes to Order:
Salted Egg Yolk Crab
Pumpkin Strips with Salted Egg
Stuffed Chicken with Sticky Rice
Pork Belly over Preserved Vegetables
If you want an assortment, you can order tone of their set meals which comes with a variety of meals. Try to request a table upstairs if you can, it can be rather loud and chaotic downstairs while the people wait for you to finish. Make a trip to 45th Avenue and Cabrillo for a unique and authentic experience!
4401 Cabrillo St
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