2022 Celebration Guide

Food & Culture

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Asian Chefs Association

Since food is such an important part of our Asian and Pacific Islander culture, we invited top chefs to share their favorite Asian food recipes to inspire you to cook at home.

Don’t feel like cooking? We have curated several diverse Asian food events, restaurant lists, and neighborhood guides to make it easier for you to try something new.

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Greetings from Chef Martin Yan

Martin Yan is a Chinese-American chef, TV personality, and Founder of M.Y. China Restaurant.

Martin Yan has a special Asian Pacific American Heritage Month greeting message. During a Facebook Live program, Martin Yan shared his favorite past episode and answered questions about quarantine, cooking and Asian culture on Facebook Live. Watch the entire conversation on Facebook. 

Yan Can Cook
Inspired by one of Martin’s recipes? Think you can improve upon it? Post your creations at #WeCanCook or tag @YanCanCook.

Cajun Sambal Seafood Boil Recipe

Chris Yeo and Julian Yeo, Straits and Sino Restaurant Owners

To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, owners Chris Yeo and Julian Yeo from Straits and Sino Restaurant on Santana Row share their Sambal seafood boil recipe for you to make at home or order delivery.

Straits Restaurant: culinary influences from Pan Asia
333 Santana Row #1100
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 246-6320

Download Sambal Seafood Boil Recipe

Vietnamese Shaking Beef Recipe

Dennis Wong, Le Soleil Restaurant Owner

Le Soleil reaches beyond the boundaries of tradition. A marriage of Vietnamese and French styles presented gourmands a unique contrast of flavors. To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Chef and owner Dennis Wong shares his family favorite dish: shaken beef over rice and a perfectly fried egg. Enjoy!

Le Soleil Restaurant
133 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 668-4848

Avocado & Salmon Hand Rolls Recipe

Yoshi Tome, Sushi Ran Owner

Sushi Ran is recognized as one of the top Japanese restaurants in the US, and has netted high honors from Michelin, Zagat, San Francisco Chronicle, Travel & Leisure, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many others over the past 33 years. We invite you to try this avocado hand roll and salmon hand roll recipe by Sushi Ran. Sushi Ran thanks you and supporters for 33 wonderful years.

Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia Street
Sausalito, CA
(415) 332-3620

Fried Rice Recipe

George Chen, China Live Owner

China Live Executive Chef and Founders George & Cindy Chen cook Fried Rice from their home. China Live is an interactive culinary and cultural destination in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, offering an in-depth exploration of Greater Chinese gastronomy.
Watch more of their new Web Series “China Live @Home” 

China Live
644 Broadway Street
San Francisco CA 94108
(415) 788-8188

Fresh Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado Recipe

Evan Turner, The Brazen Head\’s Chef De Cuisine

Asian Influenced Ahi Tuna Tartare with Avocado recipe prepared by Evan Turner, Chef De Cuisine at The Brazen Head. A beautiful dish that tastes as wonderfully good. Imagine all your favorite Asian ingredients all in one dish!

The Brazen Head Restaurant & Public House in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and lively bar.

The Brazen Head
3166 Buchanan
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 921-7600

Indian Prawn Curry Recipe by New Delhi Restaurant

Ranjan Dey, New Delhi Restaurant Owner

Chef and Owner Ranjan Dey prepares Indian Prawn Curry that will satisfy your cravings for delicious Indian food. A Family-owned San Francisco Legacy Business since 1988, New Delhi Restaurant has continued to serve the community authentic Indian cuisine for the past 30 years. Try their new Curbside Curry service for food pickup and delivery.

New Delhi Restaurant
160 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 397-8470

Cajun Seafood Boil Recipe

Charlie Truong, PPQ Dungeness Island Owner

Charlie Truong, Executive Chef at PPQ Dungeness Island cooks a savory Cajun Seafood Boil using PPQ Dungeness Island\’s signature sauce.
At PPQ Dungeness Island, every dish is created using only the freshest and finest ingredients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving only the best meats and seafood, and vegetables fresh from the farm, PPQ Dungeness Island is your home away from home since 2001.

PPQ Dungeness Island
2332 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8266

195 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 686-6126

Lanzhou Hand-Pulled Noodles Techniques

William Lim Do, laowai popup

William Lim Do (IG @laowainoodles) is the chef and founder of Lao Wai, a popup and noodle class with an emphasis on northwestern Chinese desert cuisine, particularly Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles (兰州拉面). He was formerly sous chef at Mister Jiu’s and previously worked at State Bird Provisions and at The Progress. When he’s not busy cooking, William chronicles his recipe testing on his food blog nompen.com.

Cocktail Recipes: Old Fashion with Chinese 5 Spices and Asian Pear Mule

Quinton Jay, Bacchus Wine & Spirits Proprietor

Classic Cocktails with an Asian Sensibility — Learn how to make ‘The Old Fashion with Chinese 5 Spices’ and ‘Asian Pear Mule’ classic cocktails to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during SIP with Quinton Jay from Bacchus Wine & Spirits.
Quinton Jay, is the proprietor of Bacchus Wine Shop, has over 16 years of experience in the wine industry has actively contributed to the success of many wine ventures in the Napa, Sonoma and Oregon regions.

Bacchus Wine & Spirits
25 Hillcrest Blvd.
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 697-9463

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Let’s Talk Food Culture Small Business

Talk with Chocolatier Wendy Lieu

Wendy Lieu, Socola Chocolatier Owner

Vietnamese Sisters Wendy & Susan Lieu co-founded Socola Chocolatier – Socola prepares all its truffles with unique, cosmopolitan flavors, including burnt caramel with sea salt, guava, beer, sriracha hot sauce and more.  Celebration Co-Chair Angela Pang and Chilipepper Events\’ Chau Lam talk with Sôcôla’s chief Chocolatier Wendy Lieu about making chocolates, growing a small business, being an entrepreneur pastry chef, and shifting to online sales.

Socola Chocolatier
535 Folsom Street
San Francisco, California 94105
(415) 400-4071

Talk about Food Industry during COVID-19

Sonia Delan & Al Perez, Filipino Food Movement (FFM)

The Filipino Food Movement (FFM) was founded to create broad awareness, appreciation, and enhanced investment in Filipino Culinary Arts. With the food industry is struggling during COVID-19 shelter in place orders, FFM has compiled a national list of Filipino restaurants open for takeout or delivery services to encourage the public to support Filipino food establishments. APA Heritage Celebration Co-Chair Angela Pang and Chilipepper Events\’ Chau Lam talk with Sonia Delen, President or the Filipino Food Movement and Al Perez, board member of the movement about the need to support local Asian restaurants.

Visit Asian Neighborhoods. Support Local Restaurants Businesses Food Trucks Culture

To celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please support Asian owned restaurants by dining in, ordering take out, or catering with them for your next event. There are many diverse neighborhoods across San Francisco serving delicious Asian cuisines.

SoMa

SoMa

Community List

The SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Heritage District is a celebration of the love, pride and people power of generations of Filipinos in San Francisco and beyond.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Community List

Enjoy home-style Chinese food, a variety of shops and car free weekend street performances in Chinatown.

Tenderloin

Tenderloin

Community List

Experience the taste of Vietnam and Thailand in one neighborhood. The Tenderloin is home to Little Saigon, where you can enjoy Vietnamese food from soups to sandwiches.

Japantown

Japantown

Community List

The Japantown Task Force, Inc. has been regularly updating a list of restaurants with delivery options open in San Francisco’s Japantown

Food Guides

Other Resources

Facebook Groups

These Facebook groups are regularly updating restaurant locations which are open for business.

Whole Sellers:

Japanese owned and operated since 1969, ABS Seafood supplies premium seafood and Japanese specialty items to the finest restaurants and retail markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.

City and County of San Francisco

Official Celebration

This is the official celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month for the City and County of San Francisco.