While in San Francisco’s Chinatown for a family thing, I finally got a chance to dine at Lucky Creation, a hole in the wall type of place serving Cantonese vegetarian food. Surprised I hadn’t eaten there before as it’s been around since forever.
I wanted to try their veggie bao for the longest time but I don’t really get up to Chinatown all that often. Probably been at least ten years since the last time I was in the area. Initially, I planned on just grabbing a bao to go but the family actually agreed to eating there.
We ordered three dishes: Deep-fried Taro Root Fish with Sweet and Sour Sauce, pictured above. Though the “fish” didn’t taste anything like fish. There’s no seaweed or kelp or anything with a seafood-like flavor, just mashed taro with a fried, crispy coating in the shape of a fish. The soft, creamy taro interior contrasts nicely with the fried exterior.
Minced Bean Cake (Spoon Shaped Tofu), a favorite of the table – savory minced tofu spoon shaped into a large oblong and fried. Topped with what looks like noodles at first is actually stir-fried mushrooms and broccoli in a sauce.
Imitation Sliced Pork with Vermicelli, it may have pork in its name, but it didn’t taste at all like pork. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t any good, on the contrary, the pieces of gluten have a nice, chewy texture. Served in a clay pot with Cantonese vermicelli (also known as cellophane noodles or glass noodles) and vegetables.
We enjoyed all three dishes and wanted to try more, a lot more. Alas, we only had a limited amount of cash on hand and it’s cash only here. I can’t emphasized this enough, we were all surreptitiously checking our wallets (even the tween) to see what we can actually order with tax and tip, plus paying for parking which was also cash only.
Potentially embarrassing money fiasco averted, but without any more cash, I didn’t get to try the veggie bao. Hopefully, it’s not another ten years before I make my way back to Lucky Creation.