Taking Chinatown Eats With Wok Wiz Tour Guide Frank Jang
|Frank Jang / Professional Event Photography by Frank Jang|
Frank Jang is known in Chinatown for his photography -- not only does he cover many special events in the neighborhood, he's devoted to documenting Mayor Lee's mayoral tenure -- but he also leads food tours of the neighborhood for Wok Wiz. Wok Wiz founder Shirley Fong-Torres passed away last year, but her daughter, Tina, has taken over the business. It continues to offer walking tours of Chinatown, all led by people who grew up in the neighborhood.
That certainly applies to Jang, who grew up on Pacific above the old Wo Chong tofu factory. A graduate of City College's hospitality program, Chong managed Zim's restaurants and worked in the family arts and antiques business before turning to professional photography. We met over lunch at Pot Sticker on Waverly Place, which, incidentally, was once owned by his aunt. "It may even have been called Pot Sticker back then," he says, "but I don't remember. Many of the businesses here have kept the same English name, but the Chinese name changes."
Nevertheless, Jang -- who, incidentally, takes his food tours to Z&Y (655 Jackson) for lunch -- had a few food recommendations:
And Yee's (1131 Grant) -- one of Shirley Fong Torres' favorite places to take tours -- is good for rice-noodle soup with roast goose on the side; "If you go there after 3 p.m.," Jang adds, "they put out plates of roast meats for $2 a plate -- it's one of the best deals in Chinatown."
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