In the last couple of years I've developed a passion for freshly hand-pulled noodles (la mian), mostly consumed in Shanghai and New York. I was ecstatic, therefore when gourmand buddy Al Cheng tipped me off to a new restaurant on Geary between Arguello and 2nd serving noodles hand pulled to order, and headed there at the first possible opportunity, which was lunch today.
The restaurant is San Dong House BBQ, (Lu Wei Wang in Chinese) in the space formerly occupied by a Korean BBQ restaurant. Sure enough, they offered 18 varieties of "San Dong Hand Pull Noodle" with the noodle chef doing his thing in plain sight of the dining area. The expansive menu also includes (as might be expected from the name) eight varieties of boiled dumplings (shui jiao) and a staggering 22 varieties of skewer sticks, including relatively exotic fare like duck gizzard, chicken heart, lamb kidney, and duck tongue skewers. The "family style" dishes sections of the menu also is well peppered with offal-based entrees, and the "vegetables" section of the menu includes two different stinky tofu dishes.
Despite all the many temptations, I was there to vet the noodles, and I selected the simply-named beef noodles for benchmarking puroses. The noodles were perfection, just the right thickness, bite, and chewyness to my taste. The broth was beefy, but monochromatic and a bit too salty; it benefited from a dash of chili paste. The beef was lean cubes, a little on the chewy side. I'd choose a fattier topping the next time. Overall, it was a very satisfying bowl, credit going to the noodles themselves, and I'll be back often to try more noodle dishes and other sections of the menu.
Other features: Drinks include draft beer by the glass or pitcher; open until 3:00 AM 7 Days
San Dong House BBQ
3741 Geary Blvd. at 2nd Avenue
SF CA 94118
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