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Jun 28, 2011 02:15 PM

Currently, what is your single most addictive chinese dish to order in SF?

Am visiting SF in a week with the family. We usually end up at Hunan or Brandy Hos (just because of convenience, staying at downtown hotels), which I know receive reasonably mixed reviews on the Board. Am game for any region, etc.

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  1. The Dry Fried Chicken Wings at San Tung.

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    1. re: scarmoza

      Me too, and their pork dumplings are my fav in SF.

      Also soup dumplings from Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Milbrae. Wet chow mein also. Wet meaning extra gravy.

      Shanghai Dumpling Shop
      455 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

      1. re: Keesey

        am i the only one who prefers the flounder filets or the prawns at san tung to the chicken wings? same preparation, different ingredients...

        1. re: Dustin_E

          Hmm I have never had their flounder filets! Sounds great though. I do enjoy their fried calimari. And yes they serve it with the same sauce as the wings. We can literally get dry-fried everything from San Tung and be happy with the meal.

          There used to be a Taiwanese restaurant on Irving and 24th called Golden City or something. They served a dish called Princess Prawns (deep fried battered prawns in a sweet/savory garlicky sauce). If it were still there, it'd kick San Tung's sweet/spicy concoction's butt.

          1. re: Keesey

            looks like golden city is no more:

            i'll have to try their calamari -- i've never had that before.

    2. The General's Chicken (extra crispy) at Hunan Chef on Cortland.

      Hunan Chef
      519 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        Seriously?? I'm intrigued. I've never met anyone in my neighborhood who's actually eaten there.

      2. I come from Vancouver to get the deep fried pork knuckle at Shanghai House. Unspeakably good but you have to pre-order it.

        Shanghai House
        3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

        1. Soup dumplings at Yank Sing.
          They are addictive.

          1. Clay pot eggplant at Z and Y. Silky tofu with the crunchy little fried mung or soybeans.

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            1. re: jason carey

              Hot and sour chicken at Henry's Hunan. But I like those suggestions for the Dry Fried Chicken Wings at San Tung and the XLB at Yank Sing too!


              Yank Sing
              49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

              1. re: jason carey

                At Z&Y, I always see several tables with the fried chicken nuggets w/ sichuan peppers and the spicy fish soup with the peppercorns on top.

                1. re: baron45

                  Well those are good too.. however the most crack addicting dish for me is the claypot eggplant.. but the dan dans are pretty smart here as is the cumin lamb ..

                  1. re: baron45

                    i LOVE those nuggets, and the fish soup. My favorite at Z&Y, tho, is the cold spicy pork dish - thin slices of fatty pork, almost like bacon, in a really garlicky sauce.