Before a concert at The Fillmore last night, 5 friends and I ate at San Wang in Japantown. None of us had been before, but we'd read on chowhound that it was an option for Korean-Chinese food in the "Substitute for San Tung" thread.
We had a good meal.
We shared 5 dishes and 5 servings of rice, which was plenty of food.
Eggplant with Garlic sauce: This was a nice version of the dish. It had lots of garlic and lots of ginger, and it almost lacked sweetness (which was a nice change, since similar dishes at other places are often on the sweet side).
Sauteed Chinese Greens w/ Garlic: Lots of garlic in this dish too. Good greens and mushrooms in garlic sauce.
Hunan Pork: Pork with both sweet and chili peppers, coated in a light brown sauce and lots of hot pepper. This dish was quite good as well.
Handmade Noodles with Vegetables: These were some of the best noodles I'd had in a while. It was a simple dish, contained some non-exciting vegetables in a very light (and not-too greasy) gingery sauce.
Dry-Fried Chicken: The chicken itself was similar to chicken at King Sing and San Tung, but the sauce was completely different. Mainly consisted of chopped garlic (tons of it) and scallions. Overall, good chicken, but I prefer the San Tung and King Sing style, which has a sweeter sauce.
Overall, the meal was good, and I'd defintely return for the noodles. Like at King Sing, some of the menu items are translated into Korean (in addition to Chinese and English), so these might be better bets. I think everything we ordered (except maybe the eggplant) had the Korean translation. I saw lots of other tables eating the seafood noodle soup, which I think they are known for.
Total price for this meal was shockingly low: 43 dollars before tip for the 6 of us!
Although nothing was extraordinary, it's a solid Chinese place in a sometimes convenient Japantown location. Worth remembering.
San Wang Restaurant
1682 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115