Years ago we discovered this Chinese restaurant on a visit to San Francisco. We had been feted and treated to all sorts of Chinese restaurants but none of them felt authentic. So one night we decided we had to find the real deal. And this is it.
It's at 699 Jackson, down some rather steep and unprepossessing steps. On our first visit (about 20 years ago) we walked in and it was packed, and everyone was Chinese. The menus were only in Chinese. The specials written on the walls were only in Chinese. When we were seated it was near the bathrooms - and when the waiter finally came over to take our order we had no idea what to do. He spoke no english and we had no idea what was available.
And then along came the owner. And from that moment on there has never been a Chinese restaurant to equal the many, many experiences we've had there!
She took us in hand. She promised to bring things we'd like and keep the cost down - and the variety was staggering, the food delicious, fragrant and colorful. It was fabulous. We went back again and again over the years, and then one visit - it was gone. Dark and closed. And again a year later. Reluctantly we figured it was over.
Until thanks to Trip Advisor I found it was still in business. There had been a fire and it took nearly 2 years to renovate. And now - better than ever - there it is. Still at 699 Jackson. Still down steep, daunting steps. And as for the bathrooms - well let's just say the restaurant was renovated but the bathrooms are still - a challenge.
And the food? It's divine. On our last visit the snow pea leaves were perfectly cooked with huge chunks of garlic. The eggplant claypot with onions was spicy but not overpoweringly so. The salt and pepper beef was tender and fabulous.
Thank you New Woey Loy Goey for marvelous memories and the ones we haven't made yet. We're THRILLED you are still in business (although next time there's some spare cash -- we suggest you renovate the bathrooms!!) and we'll be back. Again, and again, and again..... you get the idea!!
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