I started working in a Chinese restaurant when I was 7 years old. But it wasn't just any restaurant in Chinatown, San Francisco. It was this hole in the wall restaurant that this couple in their early 30's from Shanghai opened on a whim, that turned into one of the hottest and most popular Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, with loyal fans reaching across the world. People from all walks of life would wait hours in line, rain or shine, to get a taste of what the chef/owner was cooking up inside.
It wasn't unusual to see famous actors, directors, athletes, musicians, and politicians roll into the restaurant any day of the week, crammed to the brim, sharing tables with other hungry patrons. The greasy tiled walls are plastered with awards, stellar reviews, and medals. House of Nanking was established in 1988 by Peter and Lily Fang aka my parents. My parents and I have served over 8 million people over the span of 33 years out of this tiny little restaurant.
Follow me as I share my journey from being a little girl growing up in this notoriously famous Chinese restaurant, to how I became chef in my own right and built Fang, a successful 300 person restaurant in San Francisco, a cookbook author and television chef all while trying to balance being a daughter, wife and mother of two.