|Guangzhou King & King (L) becomes iCafe (R)|
Guangzhou King & King was one of the last two places in San Francisco Chinatown offering house-made Chinese sausage for retail sale, so I was somewhat dismayed when it appeared to have morphed into a coffee shop, iCafe, even though it was serving "the best coffee in Chinatown." To tell the truth I'd not often been in the market for lap cheong (Chinese sausage), but it was comforting to walk by and see the strings of various types of Lap Cheong hanging at the back of the store. It would be sad to see it go. Fortunately, it was not so. A Twitter follower who saw the Instagram I posted pointed out that the Chinese sign on iCafe mentioned BBQ, so I decided further research was in order.
Sure enough, I discovered when I returned early enough in the day to tolerate some caffeine, several varieties of house-made lap cheong were on display, laid out horizontally in glass cases behind the counter, which was adorned with pastry cases. It was just a "remodel," said the owner with a grin.
|Lap cheong can be see laid out behind the coiunter|
|A menu that would look at home in Hong Kong|
To complete the transformation of a Chinese charcuterie into a Western cafe a la Hong Kong, where is artwork on the wall for sale by an artist named Nate1, a friend of the owners. Fittingly, the art work even included a bit of lap cheong art.
|Lap cheong art.|
|Butcher, baker and latte maker Nobo of iCafe|
iCafe is at 57 Walter U. Lum Place, jsut off Washington, on the backside of Portsmouth Square