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Oct 1, 2008 01:18 PM

replacement for Sun Hung Heung [San Francisco]

As a little girl visiting my Gong Gong, we would always, always swing by Sun Hung Heung after running errands in China town, which was owned by his brothers. Gong Gong would meet up with his friends for an hour or two and play 13 Cards (at least thats what I think it was called) at the bar. My sister and I would sip Shirley Temples and munch on their yummy dumplings and stuffed chicken wings, and became pros at creating card houses. To this day I have a soft spot in my heart for dark bars with high red-leather backed booths.
So here is my dilema. I have not been back to Sun Hung Heung since my Gong Gong passed away and his family sold the resturant years ago. I am coming back for the New Years week and would love to stop by. However, I've heard that the food is not so great and the prices are way too expensive. Does anyone have a good replacement?
Does anyone know if the bar in the former Sun Hung Heung still exists? I really hope they haven't made it all trendy. Thanks everyone!

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  1. Well it's been 30 years since I was at Sun Hung Heung so I don't remember much about it, and I only tried the successor Chinatown Restaurant once when they opened about a dozen years ago, but the atmosphere did seem similar. Exactly what are you looking for--ambience, food, or something else? Don't forget that Chinese food has evolved greatly in recent years, even in Chinatown, though to a lesser extent than other centers of Chinese food in the U.S.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      When it first opened as Chinatown Restaurant the prices were reasonable, IIRC, and they even had some Shanghainese dishes to go with the framed (authentic) vintage Shanghai calendar girl posters on the wall. Recent online menus I've looked at seem to suggest, however, that they now have pretentions to being what Shanghainese would call a "yan chi bao" (bird's nest - shark's fin - abalone kind of place.

    2. I remember their op gun yee foo won ton - delicious!

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      1. re: Cindy

        Would you describe that op gun yee foo won ton, please?

        1. re: sydthekyd

          Fried won ton, in a soupy broth based on duck. Had bamboo shoots in the broth, I think. Very tasty, but pretty highly caloric, I'm sure.

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        1. Oh man, you guys bring back memories. I remember going there and ordering duck yee foo wonton and the stuffed chicken wings from Wylie. This was back in the early 70's. I still live on the Peninsula, so it was always a treat to head to Chinatown for some good Chinese food, since back in the days, it was pretty mediocre in San Mateo. Luckily, the Asian population has increased along the Peninsula, bringing with it many nice restaurants to choose from.

          1. I know this is an old thread, but man you bring back many fond food memories! What ever happened to yee won ton around here? (As a child I remember it being readily available, but most restaurants now don't have it). I still salivate for the sui gow, which was deep-fried. And the yummy noodles. Sigh.

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            1. re: tramdan

              I think you can still find yee foo wonton at Capital Restaurant on Clay St., in Chinatown, along with other blasts from the past like tomato beef chow mein.

              1. re: tramdan

                You can still get a good duck yee foo wonton at China House in Pinole. They also have hung to yee wonton. They used to own a restaurant on San Pablo in El Cerrito just past Central. I think that might have been reincarnated as a Chinese seafood place and not sure if by the same owners.

                Lee Hou on Clement St. in SF still had it a few years ago.

                1. re: chocolatetartguy

                  Lee Hou has been closed for a few years.

                  You can find op gung yee fu wonton at New Woey Loy Goey in Chinatown.