San Sun is a Teochew Chinese-Vietnamese noodle house in the thick of things on Stockton Street in San Francisco Chinatown. While casual and inexpensive, these folks have figured out the marketing thang and have photos of their menu items posted in the window as well as video monitors on each side of the entrance with a continuous food porn slideshow.
San Sun storefront
I’d not eaten here until a week ago when the pictures of Hainan chicken drew me in. Inside I found tidy granite-topped tables set with a row of condiments, including pickled chilis and a really good housemade saday sauce. Jars of saday sauce are available for sale, $6 ea., as well as fish balls and fresh ground coffee.
Parade of table condiments
The full color, illustrated menu’s enormous with some 300 items. Looking around at the other tables, leafing through the magnum opus, and watching the video monitor inside, I was set to switch my order to a noodle soup. But then I made it to the “House Specialty - - - Dac Biet” section where #139 fried oyster with egg, $8, is listed. The photo looked like a Teochew oyster omelet to me so that’s what I ordered.
#139 Fried oysters with egg (hao chien trung)
Served with a nuoc nam dipping sauce sprinkled with ground white pepper, I added a little of the liquid from the pickled chilis to jazz it up. The omelet was very crusty and browned on the bottom, and had chewy tapioca blobs, scallions, and well-distributed pieces of fresh oyster. However, this was quite thin and dessicated from overcooking.
While I can’t recommend this dish here, plates on other tables looked good. Many of the customers seemed to be regulars with a standard order. I will probably try it again and would be interested in hearing what chowhounds recommend here.
941 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108