A friend and I had dinner at Two Sisters on 5th Ave in the Inner Richmond the other night. I've been curious about this place for a while but have been slightly taken aback by the fact that it always seems to be empty.
Two Sisters serves Korean-Chinese food--lots of the usual Korean menu items like kal bi, etc., but also things like tang soo yook, jajang myun, etc.
Our server proudly informed us that all the noodles and dumplings are homemade. We ordered two bowls of jajang myun and a plate of fried dumplings to share.
We were brought out an assortment of nine panchan, which were arranged in a perfect square between us (an unusual but pleasant bit of care with presentation): kimchi, radish kimchi, yellow radish (takuan) and onions, black bean paste, the Chinese-Korean kimchi variant, a vinegary preserved radish in thin slices, broccoli florets, bean sprouts (konnamul), and tiny preserved fish which had surprising heat to them. I thought the last two were the best--I wasn't so hot on the kimchi, but my friend polished the dish off.
Perhaps because we were the only customers there that night, we were brought out a free plate of steamed dumplings. Further evidence of the establishment's attention to detail could be seen in the carrot flower and sprig of green that garnished the plate. The delicate little dumplings (maybe 2 1/2-3" in diameter with a center about 1-1 1/2") were unassuming but honest and tasty. Our similarly delicate, elaborately crimped fried dumplings were also prettily presented, overlapped in a ring around a center of shredded cabbage drizzled with ketchup(!), and decorated with another translucent carrot flower.
Finally, the noodles. My friend lived in Japan for a year and considers himself, in his own words, a "noodle snob" :) , and he felt the noodles were excellent. I would have to agree--perfectly cooked and substantial without being chewy, overly dense, or self-adhesive. Unfortunately the sauce was rather bland.
Prices were a little higher than the usual for such fare--the noodle bowls and the dumplings were all in the $6.50 neighborhood--but I was OK with it because of the pleasant surroundings, the high quality of the noodles, and the obvious care taken with the food. Plus we got panchan, which is not usual in your average jajangmyun place (aside from the yellow radish, onions, and kimchee-variant that are standard). The service was very friendly and they seemed to really care what we thought of the food. We will be back to explore more of the menu and we hope business picks up for them.
Two Sisters Restaurant
308 5th Ave (at Clement), SF
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