I gathered my friends from my study abroad program for a little catch up dinner in the city. It has been five years since we left Shanghai, and it was time for a family style meal for us to share food and share updates on our lives. Just like old times, Joyce suggested the restaurant, and I did the ordering. Before we began our extravaganza of wrapping pork belly in various vegetables, we started with the Sichuan pepper chicken wings and the okonomiyaki. The chicken wings wowed with its numbing peppery spice, and the okonomiyaki awed with its ever eerie dancing bonito shavings. The Japanese quiche like pancake was more authentic than it was modern Asian, and I can appreciate that. It was hot in temperature (it comes on a skillet) but warm in the emotion that it was served with.
The homeyness of the food on the menu was just enough to make my friends from Fudan feel comfortable and right at home, which made for an ideal spot to convene and connect. Until the next gathering, let's all get S.O.F.A.T.
499 Dolores St. @ 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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