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Jun 22, 2001 08:58 PM

Hon's and Freedom from Back Pain [San Francisco]

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I've mentioned Hon's Wun Tun House (648 Kearny at Clay, SF) before as one of my favorite lunch spots in San Francisco Chinatown. It's even dearer to me now.

My 86 year-old dad has been nearly crippled by low back pain due to an old injury and onset of arthritis. His quality of life in the last few months had dropped considerably. He was fortunate to be treated this month by Ken Hsu MD of St. Mary's Spine Center, the orthopedist renowned for rehabilitating Joe Montana and getting him back on the field. Now more than a week post-treatment, he has almost complete relief and freedom of movement. It's miraculous.

For the 3 days of rest after the procedure, my parents stayed at the Holiday Inn Financial District-Chinatown, which is only a block away from Hon's. My mom's a big believer in the curative powers of Chinese stocks and we'd told her that Hon's was (almost) as good as her home-made. Mom bought take-out from Hon's every day, for either lunch or dinner. The type of thin noodles are exactly what Dad prefers and the everything else about the won ton noodles is to his liking. One night Mom was a little late, and the folks recognized her in the window, unlocked the door, fired up the cauldrons, and wrapped a fresh batch of won tons for her. There's a lot of love in the soup here, and I think that Hon's should share the credit for Dad's good result.

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  1. What a great story .... and with a happy ending! Will have to remember Hon's next time I'm in Chinatown.

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    1. re: Gordon Wing

      Thanks Gordon. It's such a relief. We were desperate, yet expectations were so high that I was terrified of crashing hopes and disappointment.

      My friend in Seattle has frequented the Hon's in Vancouver and he says they're equally good. Guess this should be cross-referenced to chain fast food threads... (g)

      1. re: Melanie Wong


        i was in thurs. getting a new type of injection in my back hoping for relief from pain, sounds like maybe i should have been also having lunch with your dad (wishing all the best for his recovery). will definately have to try this out. thanks for the info.


        1. re: Rochelle

          My very best to you too in your treatment.

          Dad's spinal injection was a mix of steroid, anesthetic and a spur-dissolving enzyme. He was advised that it would take 2 to 4 days post-op to start taking effect, and that was pretty much his experience.

          The Hon's cure won't hurt either. (g)

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      Alexandra Eisler


      Best wishes to your dad! Very glad to hear he's on the mend.


      1. After an absence of at least four years, I found myself here on Monday for lunch. Mostly I was wanted to buy some of the curry beef to-go for my mom. But since it was 11am and easy to get a seat, an early lunch worked for me too.

        A simple bowl of wonton mein is $4.79. Pretty much the same as I remembered. The noodles still perfectly wirey. The wontons not so much to my liking as I prefer the shui gow. And the soup seemed just a little thinner and less meaty. But all in all, quite good for the price.

        My order of curry beef set me back $8.59, and it had the fattiness, bits of connective tissue, and some tripe. Quite delectable, and we enjoyed it at home over some of the fresh rice noodles I picked up here too.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          To answer the earlier question about Daddy's current status that seems to have disappeared, at the age of 92 he moved on to that "better place".

          His favorite order at Hon's besides the shui gow (shrimp dumplings in soup) was the beef tendon over rice. Now I'm sorry I didn't get an order of that too.

          "Kindness from a stranger at Mitchell's ice cream"

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Thanks for your stories -- they are truly interesting. But even more than that, thank you for the great contributions to this board, along with several other regular contributors. It is hard to imagine the SFBA Chowhound board with out you.

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