San Tung: Best Chicken Wings in Cali

10:03 PM / Posted by CITYNITZ /

If I had to pick one restaurant during my latest trip to San Francisco and attempt to salvage my credibility as a foodie, San Tung would have to be the one. Known for their famous dry, fried chicken wings, this is an absolute “must have” if not, the only dish to order.

Granted, I've only been to this place one other time, which was during my high school years, I was somewhat hesitant about their quality and ownership status. However, unlike many notorious places in the San Gabriel Valley, you can expect for most restaurants in the Bay Area to be thriving and under the same ownership.

So, on a cloudy and cool afternoon, we trekked over to this restaurant that appeared to be no different than other restaurants that surrounded it. Although at 3pm this place was packed, we were lucky enough to snag the last open table in the back.

cropped San Tung

What we ordered:

Dry Fried Chicken Wings: There are two variations to choose from (wet and dry) and I hesitated for a moment as to which one it was I had in the past. The waitress immediately said, “you want the dry fried version."

The wings were served fresh and came to us smoking for both orders. Yes, we did order a second plate after eating everything else. The verdict: These wings blew Izakaya Bincho's and any wings I've ever had out of the water. Don't be surprised if you see patrons with a bowl of rice and just the chicken. It's that good.

Dry fried chicken wings congealed in some sort of honey glazing, garlic, onion, peppers, chilies, and potentially every other spice in the world. These wings are anything, but dry.

Black Bean Sauce Noodles (aka Ja-Jang Mein): Black-Bean-Sauce atop a bed of hand pulled noodles and accompanied by slices of cucumber. Perfect ratio of sauce to noodles.

Jampong: Seafood mixed with hand pulled noodles in a slightly spicy broth. However, when compared to the other dishes, it is simply not comparable.

Others have raved about their dumplings, but they seem like nothing special compared to the ones you can get in Socal. Until next time, my decision has been made, these are the best wings you'll find in California.

San Tung Chinese Restaurant
1031 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 242-0828


Comment by Daily Gluttony on November 7, 2009 at 5:56 PM

i love the wings at san tung! i've only been once though, so i definitely want to go again.

Comment by CITYNITZ on November 10, 2009 at 9:34 AM

I know, right?! One of the reasons why I miss SF so much.

Comment by e d b m on November 22, 2009 at 11:28 PM

i've had this same exact meal when i was down in SF working nearly 2 years ago. this place is great and you've reminded me that I need to visit the bay area very soon. i believe there is a wonton place down the street from there that wasn't bad.

Comment by CITYNITZ on December 10, 2009 at 10:43 PM

edbm - There are SO many good restaurants in that area, I wouldn't be surprised if there was an awesome wonton place near there.

Comment by e d b m on December 17, 2009 at 9:17 AM

i remember two places my friend showed me. while they are not as good as Hong Kong's, they are decent. Try Hon's Wonton House and Just Wonton. At Just Wonton, they have this fried tofu dish which i like. At Hon's, I love that you can buy fresh noodles by the pound for home-consumption.

Comment by CITYNITZ on December 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Thanks for the tip, maybe I'll get to check it out when I head up North for the holidays! =)

Comment by nonobvious on January 10, 2010 at 12:30 AM


Comment by CITYNITZ on January 11, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Jay- HAHA, I'm Chinese, it's in our blood! =P

Comment by burumun on March 15, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Haha awesome! I was just about to post about this too, soon. My friend took me here when I went up in December :)

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