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San Tung for Moon Fest + A Question About Chicken Wings

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Last night was the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival so I gathered the clan for a good Northern Chinese meal at San Tung. We ordered their greatest hits and man, were they good. I really don't come to this place enough. Probably because it's always so crowded and the wait can be excrutiating.

We started off with the shrimp and chive dumpling. I love the brightness of flavour of the shrimp and chives together. The shrimp was coarsely chopped so you can still get the shrimp texture. The skins had bite to them. Perfect!

Next we had the pork and cabbage dumplings. More heavy in taste. Although good, I still like the shrimp ones better. Now pork and chive might be the ticket.

The dry fried chiken wings with sauce were the hit of the evening. They are a bit too sweet for me.

The dry fried green beans. Lots of pieces of preserved vegetable and garlic. Salty and crsip.

The seafood za jiang mien was excellent. Great saucing and the noodles were very al dente.

We also had a good rendition of hot and sour soup and tofu cold appetizer. All this plus a round of pinot noir by the glass and it only came out to only $22/person with tip. What a bargain!

My question is regarding the chicken wings. Has anyone had it without the sauce? Is it less sweet that way? That is my biggest complaint about the wings. I really don't like sweet foods.

For pictures http://noodledoor.blogspot.com/2007/0...

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San Tung Chinese Restaurant
1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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  1. Growing up, I used to like San Tung's dry fried chicken wings with sauce but I now appreciate the version without sauce - no sticky sweet mess of a sauce to deal with!

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    1. re: manda

      I think the bone-in wings are best ordered dry. But the boneless wing pieces are best ordered wet [with sauce], they go great with rice that way.

    2. The classic Gan Pong Chicken has deviated into a much sweeter version as seen in San Tung from the traditional more savory version found in Chinese restaurants in Korea. I don't recall the version at San Tung but if its any similar to their kid's restaurant "So", then I also think it's too sweet for my taste.

      My current favorite is the savory version of Gan Pong Shrimp (have not tried the chicken wings version) is at Cafe Yulong in Mountain View. They still make it more savory and spicy as opposed to sweet. Give it a try to see if you like it.

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        San Tung Chinese Restaurant
        1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

        1. I haven't been to ST in 2 years at least but glad to hear they are still holding up. Their pork and cabbage dumplings was as good as this place place I ate at Xiemending in Taipei (hole in the wall underground mall).

          I remember ordering the dry fried chicken wings, no sauce. Agreed that it's a bit on the sweet side, but it's still one of the best preps for Chinese style chicken wings that's not the Canto salt and pepper fried kind.

          1. We went last weekend and ordered the original (dry) as opposed to the wet version. We received our order glazed with sauce, which we found too sweet. So I take it the kitchen screwed up?

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            1. re: DezzerSF

              I think this is the dry version - it's glazed and sweet.

              1. re: Dave MP

                Wow, I wonder what the wet version must be like??

            2. My mom insists the kitchen staff at San Tung has changed in the last year (i.e., she no longer recognizes any faces) and that the food is no longer as good. She mentioned that the ja jya myung, in particular, was just awful. Can anyone comment on whether there's been some kind of change in the staff and food?