I was browsing through "Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking" (now remaindered for $14.95 at the Books Incorporated outlet store). For each of the 10 Cities covered, he cites specific restaurnats and dishes to try. For San Francisco, he included Ming's Hunan Seafood Restaurant (839 Kearny St.) for Szechwan peanut chicken, Hunan smoked pork and cabbage, and Nanjing beef and shrimp stir-fry.
I often pass Ming's Hunan on the way to work in the AM (when it's not open) and wonder about it. Has anyone tried it?
The other SF restaurants suggested for various specialties, BTW, were Bow Hon, Harbor Village, Old Shanghai, Pearl City Seafood, and Sam Wo, all of which I've been to and which get mentioned once in a while on this board.