As a part of documenting my experience in California, Iâ€™m going to start sharing my experiences with food here. Iâ€™ve asked my friends to recommend some of their best eats for cheapsâ€¦ so this is going to be fun.
Today, I went to San Tung, a Chinese restaurant that is known for its fried chicken wings. Easily accessible from the Muni, and there seems to be plenty of parking in the neighborhood. Patrick and I arrived around noon, and there was a short line outside. Iâ€™d say the wait was approximately 20 minutes. As soon as you walked in, you pretty much saw everyone with a plate of chicken wings. While this restaurant served other dishes, it was apparent that wings were their *thing*.
So we ordered some wings and tried out a dish of steamed dumplings. The wings were pretty goodâ€”deep fried wings with a blend of sugary, salty, and peppery sauce. There were seasoned well, though a little on the sugary side. The balance, however, was right. The skin was crispy, and wasnâ€™t over battered. When you compare the wings at San Tung to Bon Chonâ€™s, Iâ€™d say that you could easily eat more wings at San Tung. For some reason, Bon Chonâ€™s wings are so heavily battered, that the average person can probably only eat 6 wings before tapping out.
The steam dumplings were pretty good. Iâ€™d say the dumplings probably needed to *be* served with a nice vinegar sauce to really elevate the flavor. Nonetheless, it was decent.
Overall price was about $10-12 per person, and it was satisfying. Iâ€™d say that the one thing you shouldnâ€™t do is order too much. The wings donâ€™t look like they would reheat well compared to Bon Chonsâ€™ wings.
My only criticism of their wings is that once you get to the bottom of the plate, there is an excess of sauce, which makes the last 3 or 4 wings reallyâ€¦ well, saucy. Some may like this, but my last couple of bites were a little too rich.
Would I go back to San Tung? Sure. Itâ€™s pretty solid. Truthfully, itâ€™s not the best wings Iâ€™ve ever had, but it hits the spot when I want something similar to a Bon Chonâ€™s.
Hereâ€™s San Tungâ€™s address:
1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
If you have any recommendations of cheap eats in SF, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks!