San Tung: Straddling Korea-China Border in SF’s Sunset District
1031 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
415 242 0828
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Date of Visit: April 1, 2012
It may not have made the most sense to write about San Tung in 2008. Sure, we enjoyed the wings and potstickers from the popular Sunset district restaurant, but the 15-minute transit time before consumption probably didn’t do either dish many favors. We were glad to have another opportunity to dig deeper, on-site, and we gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of what San Tung is accomplishing just south of Golden Gate Park.
Dry black bean noodle with Seafood was more or less the Korean dish, jjajangmyeon, with a pasty, savory black sauce coating scallops, shrimp and squid. The onions and zucchini bordered on caramelized, and shaved cucumbers provided a crunchy, refreshing element.
So addictive are the famous dry chicken wings that we got two orders. They were coated in a sticky sauce of garlic, chile and ginger that helped to caramelize the crispy skins. The more we ate, the more the flavor built, which is pretty much an ideal scenario.
San Tung is definitely a restaurant that’s best to visit with a group, since it allows you to experience more dishes, and they’ll seat you at a lazy Susan, which is always fun. Going with a group also provided us with a better sense for what San Tung is aiming for with their food. They’re not just a standard issue Chinese restaurant; they have regional accents that elevated our interest far beyond their famed wings.