The Hand-Pulled Noodles We Didn't Get to Taste at San Dong House BBQ

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Luis Chong
San Dong House BBQ's pork dumplings: Great flavor.
​We were strolling around the Inner Richmond area one night when we spotted a new Shandong cuisine restaurant and decided to check it out. San Dong House BBQ replaced Teo Korean ― the old exhaust hoods for the table grills still hang from the ceiling. House specialties here are hand-pulled Chinese noodles (la mian, $6.99) soups, handmade dumplings (sui jiao, $5.99-$6.99 per dozen), grilled skewers (chuan, $1.50-$3 each) and many offal dishes (mostly $7.99).

This piqued our interest, since there are only a handful of restaurants in the city that make hand-pulled Chinese noodles: San Tung, King of Noodles, San Wang, and Beijing Restaurant. Best of all, unlike the other places we mentioned, San Dong House makes the noodles in full view of customers, a great opportunity for anyone who's never seen this before.

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Luis Chong
Teo Korean used to be here ― the exhaust hoods still dangle from the ceiling.
​We were told that the noodle master goes home at 10:30 p.m., so the last noodle order is taken around 10. We opted instead for some late-night snacks, a dozen pork dumplings and lamb skewers (yang rou chuan, $1.50 each). The excellent boiled dumplings had great flavor, and while the spiced fatty lamb skewers were good, they couldn't compare to the ones at Beijing Restaurant or Happy Dumplings.

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Luis Chong
Spiced fatty lamb skewers.
​Our waiter's language skills were limited, but we were able to have a friendly conversation with the owner, fluent in both English and Mandarin. The hope is that customers will appreciate San Dong's Lanzhou-style beef noodle soups.

Everything is cooked to order, so expect to wait awhile. We hope that doesn't become a problem once the restaurant is full. And in case anyone notices the Shandong chicken appetizer here, they're not like the chicken wings from San Tung.

Oh, and stay tuned for a follow-up post about those hand-pulled noodles.


San Dong House BBQ:
3741 Geary (at Second Ave.), 668-5888; Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

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3471 Geary, San Francisco, CA

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