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Hon's and Freedom from Back Pain [San Francisco]

Melanie Wong | Jun 22, 200108:58 PM

I've mentioned Hon's Wun Tun House (648 Kearny at Clay, SF) before as one of my favorite lunch spots in San Francisco Chinatown. It's even dearer to me now.

My 86 year-old dad has been nearly crippled by low back pain due to an old injury and onset of arthritis. His quality of life in the last few months had dropped considerably. He was fortunate to be treated this month by Ken Hsu MD of St. Mary's Spine Center, the orthopedist renowned for rehabilitating Joe Montana and getting him back on the field. Now more than a week post-treatment, he has almost complete relief and freedom of movement. It's miraculous.

For the 3 days of rest after the procedure, my parents stayed at the Holiday Inn Financial District-Chinatown, which is only a block away from Hon's. My mom's a big believer in the curative powers of Chinese stocks and we'd told her that Hon's was (almost) as good as her home-made. Mom bought take-out from Hon's every day, for either lunch or dinner. The type of thin noodles are exactly what Dad prefers and the everything else about the won ton noodles is to his liking. One night Mom was a little late, and the folks recognized her in the window, unlocked the door, fired up the cauldrons, and wrapped a fresh batch of won tons for her. There's a lot of love in the soup here, and I think that Hon's should share the credit for Dad's good result.

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