Arnold Eric Wong is the Executive Chef of E&O Trading Company and is that rare born and bred San Francisco native. His style of modern "East-meets-West" Asian cuisine has evolved over nearly twenty years or professional cooking experience. The California Culinary Academy alum has worked the stoves at Bacar, EOS Restaurant and Wine Bar (Wong’s first restaurant), Cafe Kati, Masa's, and as an opening pastry chef position at Silk's in the Mandarin Hotel, where he started his career. E&O's seasonal contemporary Asian menu has garnered the chef media accolades from the San Francisco Chronicle, and View from the Bay (with dumpling recipe). Wong was a "Rising Star Chef's of the Year under 30" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and said he lives with his wife Amy and son Aidan "in Cole Valley, adjacent to the Haight-Ashbury and Ashbury heights. But when I was born and raised here, it was all just the Haight." Wong shared his food and restaurant favorites with Bay Area Bites, with an assist from Amy.
Food Shopping Favorites
Well, can't wait until the weather warms up as I always go to the farmers markets, whether at the Ferry Building or the local neighborhood ones, either in the Castro or Haight. I try to take my family along. We have a 3-year-old that simply loves it every time and if there’s music, well then he’s got fruit in his hands dancing to the music. We also like to go to Berkeley Bowl. On one of my first dates with my wife, we spent three hours there just browsing the aisles and shopping for dinner.
Our daily go-to places are Whole Foods, Rainbow Grocery and Real Foods on Stanyan Street for their hand-selected produce.
If it's ethnic foods, I bounce between Sunset Super Market in the Sunset District and New May Wah Market in the Richmond. At either of those places you can find any Asian ingredient you'll ever need. For produce, I'll only buy it if it's something that only grows in Asia and there are no substitutes, everything else tends never to be organic or pesticide free. I'm always on the look out for fresh live spot prawns, Dungeness crabs and lobsters.