The signs in the Mission that say “Donuts and Chinese Food.” It is one of many that got my attention. As most people know, there are not many donuts and Chinese food places in Chinatown, so it is a curious combination. In fact, there is just one donuts shop on the borderline of Chinatown, Happy Donuts on Pacific and Columbus, and it is Cambodian owned, as far as I know. They certainly do not sell Chinese food. It is a donuts shop like all the other Happy Donuts in town.
Yet, here in the Mission, Donuts and Chinese Food are quite common. Clearly, most Chinese food cannot be served around the clock, especially breakfast. It is too heavy. Most Chinese eat dim sum or congee or something lighter during the breakfast hours. Even the Chinese places that are open early and late do not serve donuts. This is definitely a demographics thing in the Mission. Quite enterprising.
There are many Chinese restaurants in every small town across the country. I wonder if the Chinese restaurant owners in these small towns are so creative as they are here in the Mission.
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