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An old favorite! Hon's Won Tun

OnceUponABite Feb 13, 2007 03:05 PM

I first learned of this little gem of a place from Melanie Wong's, years ago. I've been back a few times since and have always found it to be a positive experience. Last week, while in training in the city I was lucky enough to be near by Chinatown, I ate at Hon's twice!

What I love the most about their wonton is the noodles and the perfect size. A fairly small bowl compare to most other noodles soup place, for about $3.60 you can get a bowl of wonton noodle soup (#1 on the menu). I love the perfect toothsomness of the noodles, as well as the slight 'crunchiness' of the shrimp wontons. The broth isn't bad either.

Where else but in Chinatown can you get a full lunch with tip and tax for just $5!

  1. pane Mar 27, 2007 01:46 PM

    Bump: I had a fantastic lunch with a friend today at Hon's. My friend had the #1 (wontons and noodles in broth) and I had #7 (brisket and wontons in broth). We were both pretty hungry, so we ordered Chinese broccoli and rice rolls.

    Admittedly, the rice rolls had freaked me out on previous visits. They are placed on plates and wait in a bin, plate stacked on top of plate, until ordered. They were delicious, though, served with spoonfuls of chili sauce and oyster sauce. The Chinese broccoli was also perfectly cooked and served with a dollop of oyster sauce.

    My brisket was fantastic, flavorful and meaty with just the right amount of fat. My friend liked her wontons and noodles; when I had it, I wanted fewer noodles, so luckily there's another option with more wontons and the noodles left out.

    1. K K Mar 3, 2007 07:42 PM

      If this is the place that has counter seating and is diagonally across the street from Portsmouth Square parking garage, I too think it is pretty darn good, as it reminds me of what won ton noodle soup tasted like in Hong Kong during the 70s and 80s. The portions are a bit on the small side but two bowls is a a little too much for me. A bowl and maybe a side dish would be ok.

      And I'm typically not one to give an old Chinatown restaurant good marks.

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      1. re: K K
        Gary Soup Mar 3, 2007 08:14 PM

        That's Hon's. The related Hon's mini-empire in Vancouver has a place in Richmond BC that I ate at that combines a big selection of noodles with a wide variety of Cantonese "rice" dishes. I'm not sure if Hon's on Kearny is even open for dinner.

        My favorite noodle shop in Shanghai, "Grandma's Noodles" (Ah Niang Mian Guan) supplements a big roster of hearty noodle bowls with a rolling cart from which you can buy a number of traditional Shanghainese cold apps to go with your noodles. It makes for a great dinner.

        1. re: Gary Soup
          choctastic Mar 6, 2007 08:14 AM

          what about the fried potstickers? are they the same as in the vancouver hon's? also do they have coupons down here?

          1. re: choctastic
            Gary Soup Mar 6, 2007 09:32 AM

            If they have potstickers at the SF Hon's I'm not aware of it. Ditto coupons. It's a very small (but busy) operation.

      2. Melanie Wong Mar 2, 2007 11:53 PM

        Gosh, I haven't been there for a couple years now. Yes, one of the things I like is the serving size. Perfect for me, and priced right.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Gary Soup Mar 3, 2007 06:35 AM

          They may be the right serving size for a snack or light lunch if you are saving your appetite for dinner, but definitely not meal size. A bargain, nonetheless for housemade noodles, yet.

          The "Shanghai-style" noddles are a disappointment, though. Too-soft noodles and way too stingy with the toppings. If they'd throw on a whole pork chop and a fried egg, they'd have a start in the right direction.

          1. re: Gary Soup
            Atomica Mar 3, 2007 07:24 AM

            What else is on the menu that might round out the meal? Any good appetizers?

            1. re: Atomica
              Gary Soup Mar 3, 2007 07:32 AM

              As the late Edsel Ford Fong would way, "No dishes, but oodles of noodles."

              1. re: Atomica
                OnceUponABite Mar 8, 2007 11:32 AM

                not appetizers, but you can order a side of Chinese broccoli, gail lan with oyster sauce. I've also seen others with a plate of stewed meats.

                1. re: Atomica
                  Han Mar 27, 2007 02:13 PM

                  I always ordered the curry beef. The broth is fantastic with nice curry flavor that is unlike any other I tried. The beef itself has lots of gristles and fatty cut but that is the way I like it. It also comes with good amount of potatoes which adds richness to the whole thing. It is an oily dish but if you are not afraid of that then this dish would be great. So far I am the only hound who touts this particular this several times. I have not ordered this dish in a while but it was always a big treat when I did. With steam rice, it is perfect.

                  I also like their wontons as well. There is something about the broth and the wonton itself even though there is no whole shrimp it it, it is definitely special.

                  I also heard their pig feet is great but I am no fan of that cut of meat.

                2. re: Gary Soup
                  Stephanie Wong Mar 3, 2007 06:18 PM

                  Have you ever tried ordering extra noodles? It's been over a year since my last visit, so I don't know if that's still possible.

                  1. re: Stephanie Wong
                    Gary Soup Mar 3, 2007 06:57 PM

                    Cantonese-style noodle places aren't really my cup of tea (if you'll pardon my mixed metaphor). For noodle comfort in my nabe (which takes in Chinatown) I've adopted the beef stew noodles at Z&Y/Sam Lok. It's $5.50 or so, but you get a wash basin-sized bowl of Northern-style noodles with lots of beef plate and an extremely spicy broth.

                    1. re: Stephanie Wong
                      peppatty Mar 27, 2007 05:38 PM

                      I always ordered won ton noodles, gah dai, which means bigger. I'm sure it's still possible. Last weekend my mom took me to ABC which had a great bowl of won ton/sui gow noodles, good tooth to the noodles. The two of us cost less than $12.

                      1. re: peppatty
                        Melanie Wong Mar 27, 2007 09:24 PM

                        Which ABC location, please?

                        1. re: peppatty
                          Gary Soup Mar 27, 2007 09:48 PM

                          I like the won ton /shui jiao combination at ABC (Chinatown) too. I don't like the skinny HK-style noodles, and I always feel like you don't get your money's worth when you get the soups with wontons only.

                      2. re: Gary Soup
                        EnderWiggin Mar 6, 2007 08:21 AM

                        I always order two bowls. For a guy the serving size is on the small side. thank god it's cheap and soooooo good.

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                      niki rothman Feb 13, 2007 04:06 PM

                      Where is Hon's? Cross streets?

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                      1. re: niki rothman
                        ChowFun_derek Feb 13, 2007 05:05 PM

                        Hon's Wun-Tun House Ltd
                        648 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
                        Tel: (415) 433-3966

                        1. re: ChowFun_derek
                          Gary Soup Feb 13, 2007 05:15 PM

                          Note, they're closed on Sundays. Hon's Won Wun-Ton House is related to the Hon's mini-empire in Vancouver and Richmond, BC.

                        2. re: niki rothman
                          Sarah Feb 13, 2007 05:12 PM

                          I think the cross street is Clay -- down the street from the Hotel and the Garden Cafe, iirc.

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