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Hing Lung (disguised as Ichi Ramen) in San Bruno

Melanie Wong | May 22, 2017 10:37 AM

Following up the latest rumors of Hing Lung's rebirth, earlier this month I dropped by Ichi Ramen in San Bruno for a late solo dinner.

Ichi Ramen is located in the center strip of the shopping center opposite Lucky supermarket.

Very crowded on a Friday night, I signed in and waited for a table. There's nowhere to wait inside. Since it's often cold and windy here, dress warmly for the wait outdoors. Posters inside depict the old Hing Lung on Broadway in San Francisco Chinatown though different ones than displayed at Hing Lung in San Jose.

The menu layout and artwork was very similar to Xing Long in Millbrae, another spot claiming to be Hing Lung's heir. I asked the waitress if the owners here were the same as Millbrae's Xing Long. Though she said, "yes", I'm not positive that she understood me, so that needs confirmation.

Hainan style chicken congee in pot, $8.75, had the thick and creamy lushness I remember from SF's Hing Lung and its own savoriness separate from the added meats. But it did not have the signature slivered ginger nor seasoned with a drop of cooked oil. This had about a quarter of wong mo gai heritage chicken on the bone. Though not the same as my memories, it was still quite good and I'd order it again. Unfortunately, the various kinds of fried crullers were already sold out for the day, so I could not make a comparison.

I also tried the Sauteed eggplant and string bean in XO sauce, $11.95. This looked quite drab compared to the colorful picture in the menu. No stinting on the XO sauce that had ample amounts of dry cure ham, it tasted pretty good though the eggplant was saturated with oil.

The menu does have a page of ramen dishes, as well as stuff like takoyaki and Japanese seaweed salad. But other than that, it's devoted to Hong Kong style dishes.

Who's tried it?

Ichi Ramen
1230 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 873-3088

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