Staff Picks: Helen Gao

Helen, universally known as A Yi ("Auntie"), has cooked in the Ferry Building teahouse since 2004. A native of Shanghai, China, she also lived in Sichuan and Guangdong provinces, where she learned additional regional cooking techniques and specialties. Her pick is the Teahouse Spicy Beef Noodles. In Helen's words:

Spicy Beef Noodles is one of our most popular menu items. I make it with an authentic Sichuan-style spicy oil sauce that I learned when I lived in Chongqing. It's different from what other places call beef noodles. If you like spicy, Sichuan-style food you should try it!