Welcome to the wonderful world that is Asian snacks — an emporium of hidden treasures that seamlessly groups steamed rice rolls, moon cakes, shrimp chips, and salad-flavored crackers under the same umbrella. It's a group filled with more Pocky flavors than you can imagine, and damn, it’s glorious.
Here in San Francisco, there is no shortage of these goodies, so you're sure to cross paths with them in more than one neighborhood. And even though you may know where to find a box of Hello Panda, that's child’s play compared to SF's endless options. With multiple San Francisco neighborhoods officially (and unofficially) dedicated to Asian fare, there's no excuse not to try the crack seed snacks in Chinatown, Taiwanese-style popcorn chicken in the Outer Sunset, and the softest mochi in Japantown. Note: We didn’t include rolled ice cream, shaved snow, and other Asian frozen treats in this list.
As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.Read More