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8 Hang Ah Alley

Hang Ah Alley

Hang Ah Alley
The Cantonese name of this alleyway is Hang Ah Alley. We can see that on the sign right over the entrance of the alleyway. And roughly translated into English, means Fragrant Alley. This dates back to the very beginnings of the alley, when there used to be a German perfume-maker living here. And he'd always be concocting very sweet-smelling perfumes. Well, today, if you're walking through the alley and you take a look through the doorways here, you're more likely to see groups of Chinese people huddled together on tables, playing all sorts of games, like mahjong. And if you go right to the end of the alleyway, you'll find something very special, San Francisco's oldest dim sum parlor. It dates all the way back to 1920. The dim sum is an ancient Cantonese tradition that goes back many centuries. The name dim sum is actually an anglicized version of the Cantonese name. It means a little something to eat. But today, dim sum is often used specifically to refer to little buns or dumplings, like these ones here. I'm trying one. Pretty good.
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Eastern Bakery

8 Eastern Bakery

Eastern Bakery

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

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