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Shandong style in San Diego

anigozanthos | Jul 14, 2009 10:56 PM

Chowhounds, I scoured the board for great ethnic restaurants to try in San Diego but never came across this one that my parents took me to in the Clairmont/Convoy area. It is called San Tong and it is owned by Koreans who cook in the Chinese style. If you're Korean this is super exciting because it means that they make Korean style black bean sauce noodles called chajangmyun. Chajangmyun is like everywhere in Korean, as ubiquitous as the pizza is in the US, but Korean style is difficult to find in the US because it is only made by Koreans who come from China.

We went there tonight and everything I had was excellent! They make the best Chajangmyun and exactly the way I like it with thick black bean sauce, fragrant from onions, slightly salty but never sweet with homemade noodles, and a small hill of shaved cucumber on top. It was so incredibly good. I wish I had a place like this in the SF Bay area! We also had champong which is a spicy version of ramen and it was delicous and not that spicy. They make the best wonton soup I have ever tasted; the vegetables were tender and crisp with a lovely color and the wontons tasted firm on the outside but juicy on the inside. We also had the sweet and sour pork (best I've ever had!) and three mushrooms with tofu which had a light sauce and a fresh taste to it. Mushu pork was also tasty, a little salty, but quite delicious.

I think this restaurant gets overlooked by people searching for Asian food in this minimall (all of Claremont/Convoy is a series of minimalls) because it's not as flashy as the restaurants around it (ooohhh glamorous sushi and Sichuan food....) and its menu looks boring. Don't be fooled! This place is awesome -- the couple who own it are very nice. They are very Korean so don't be put-off by the Koreanness of the service (ie. forgetting to bring bowls or not understanding what you say the first time.) You know you're on to something great when all the other customers are Korean around you.

San Tong -- 4690 Convoy (It's hard to find this place. We had to turn around a couple of times before clicking on the iphone and then making a turn onto Engineer off Convoy to get into the minimall.)

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