San Tung (Sunset) and Tong Palace (Richmond)
- Dave MP Aug 29, 2006 03:09 PM
I ate at San Tung on Friday night, we arrived at 8:45 and there was quite a wait. We ended up sharing a large table with two others....I just saw now that one of them posted on yelp about the meal. Here's the link:
Maybe she reads chowhound too.....anyway, my friend and I ordered shrimp and leek dumplings, hot and sour soup, and pork with garlic sauce. The shrimp and leek dumplings were pretty good, strong leek flavor which I like. The hot and sour soup was also very good, a solid version but nothing out of the ordinary. Pork with garlic sauce was good but not amazing...little bits of water chestnut gave it a nice crunch. Our new friends on the other side of the table ordered the dry fried chicken, which was pretty awesome. I definitely recommend this dish...chicken wings with a slightly spicy, sweet sauce. We traded dumplings for chicken, not a bad deal. I tasted one of the dry fried shrimp on their side of the table too, it was good, a bit sweet for me though. I'd definitely be back at this place....next time I want to try the spinach and bean thread w/ garlic.
Last night I had a very different experience at Tong Palace Seafood restaurant. I went in wanting a bowl of wonton and roast pork soup, which is what I ordered. I was somewhat surprised that the soup cost 8 dollars, which I thought was a little steep. It did contain a bunch of wonton and roast pork, so I guess it was an okay deal. It just wasn't that good. The wontons tasted exactly like shumei, which is not necessarily bad or good. The roast pork was good too.....broth was extremely boring, tasted like thick-ish chicken broth out of the can. There were also 4 pieces of baby bok choi, slightly overcooked. The soup would have been better with noodles (it did not come with them). I really wanted soup (but not pho) in that area last night (10th-11th at Clement)....where is the best chinese noodle soup? (ideally also with wontons and/or pork)
I love that chicken at San Tung, but I'd like to know how to order it dry so that they will actually bring it out dry. Last time we were there for lunch, we said "dry" 3 or 4 times, yet it wasn't.
The dry-fried chicken is awesome. They also do an excellent version of korean-style sweet-and-sour beef (tan-soo-yuk). I'm also partial to their kung pao chicken, which is nicely garlicky and has zucchini.
PS: Not sure how to solve your problem, Atomica, but if you just say "dry" you won't get your point across because it's considered "dry-fried." Also, keep in mind that this is not the most customer-friendly restaurant around.