We're not sure exactly how the modern Jewish tradition of eating in Chinese restaurants on Christmas started, aside from a shared interest in keeping kosher. But we do know from experience that nothing defines this particular holiday quite like an order of good potstickers.
San Tung (1031 Irving at 11th Ave.) is the spot to go when you want to erase the thought of Christmas and eat with the expats. It'll be crowded, noisy, and delicious. For a completely different environment -- think table linens instead of place mats -- Ton Kiang
(5821 Geary at 22nd Ave.) in the Richmond is a good choice. Dim sum is served until 10 p.m. here, and special combinations are offered for those who feel like having a mini splurge. Both are open tomorrow for Christmas. You might see us there.