‘Golden’ opportunity for authentic cuisine

A La Carte Columns

October 18, 2015

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

As soon as he learned of the Chinatown building’s vacancy, owner Howard Lam jumped at the opportunity to open Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant back in 2001.

“Cooking is his life, his dream, and it makes him happy,” says Lam’s son and restaurant manager Gary Lam. “He always goes in and messes around and creates new dishes.”

Today, Golden Palace stands tall and can’t be missed along North King Street. The traditional Chinese eatery, with its red and gold exterior, welcomes flocks of tourists and kamaaina alike.

This week, the father-and-son duo share three new dishes with Dining Out: Mixed Vegetable and Tofu Taro Basket ($7.95), White Fungus and Chicken Soup ($8.25) and Shanghai Noodles ($6.95).

The Mixed Vegetable and Tofu Taro Basket is not yet on the menu but is available to order, and was created in order to cater to vegetarian customers.

Tasty vegetables such as black and enokitake mushrooms, tofu and broccoli fill a basket made of shredded taro. This healthier option is topped off with a light garlic sauce and also includes snow peas, carrots and baby corn.

Usually only offered on the set menu for large parties, Golden Palace now serves up White Fungus and Chicken Soup to individual patrons. The steamy aroma of chicken, white fungus, enokitake mushrooms and carrots fill the room and will have your mouth watering in seconds. This simple, yet delectable soup solely relies on its own ingredients to bring out its natural flavors.

Possibly the most popular offering is Shanghai Noodles. Not necessarily new to Golden Palace, as it is a well-known dish that customers continue to return for, this dish includes stir-fried thick noodles made with shredded black fungus, pork, cabbage and bean sprouts, mixed with a few chili peppers for added spice.

With the holidays coming up, the restaurant is preparing a special holiday menu for Thanksgiving. Golden Palace takes pride in custom catering to its large parties, so make your reservations as soon as possible.

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant

111 N. King St., Chinatown
Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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