$18 at Jook Time, San Francisco, CA
As college students in our final year of school, we are very aware of finances. Knowing that loans will soon be due and that we have some lofty goals ahead of us, we know that we need to save money where we can. Last year we were lucky enough to stumble upon Jook Time, a small dim sum restaurant north of Golden Gate Park.
Jook Time is not what you would typically expect from dim sum. Growing up in the Bay Area and having dim sum with my family friends, I grew accustomed to being seated in a large room with carts of food rolling past. When you walk into Jook Time, it is just a small counter displaying the food and a handful of tables. We have experimented with most of the menu, but after so many visits we know the best choices.
As you can see, this place is an absolute bargain. We come here almost every time we are in the city and we drop nearly $20 on food. that will feed us both for 4-5 meals. I cannot recommend this place more highly. As the store can be a little crowded, we will walk down a short block to a public “Parklet”. This geometric wooden seating area is right out of our living room dreams. Despite being so close to another cafe, this is free for anyone to use. It is a great place to sit and enjoy a lunch in the San Francisco Fog.
A few small blocks down from Jook Time is one of Lynn’s favorite milk tea shops, Purple Kow. If you know us, then you know we love milk tea. Lynn, however, has a very complicated order at every tea place we go to. Every single shop, she has a unique order for. Regular Milk Tea with boba. That’s it. Every tea shop, she will get that one drink. Her exception is Purple Kow. What makes Purple Kow different from most tea shops is its specialty drink, the iced milk drink. Lynn and I will share an Iced Milk with Boba, 25% sweetness, 50% ice. This drink can be so extremely sweet if you don’t tone it down. Their regular drinks are fantastic as well, but I suggest the Iced Milk. And of course, Lynn can't resist the absurdly generous amount of boba they serve in their drinks.
While you are in the neighborhood, there are a few more places you should hit up before you leave. Across the street from Jook Time is Mixed Nuts, an antique store with a peculiar taste in design. From lamps, to record players, to small wire chairs, this store is desperately yearning for life in another era. The owner, Anthony, is a super nice guy who will barter with you if you are brave enough. I haggled down a lamp Lynn saw by $5, so we walked out getting it for $30. You can easily spend half an hour, playing with the fun trinkets inside of Mixed Nuts.
That’s all for today, hope you enjoyed the post and until next time, Happy Feasting!