Dry Fried Chicken, San Tung

by foodhoe on November 30, 2007

Earlier this year a friend forwarded me this article from the NYT about the new KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) phenomenon that has swept the east coast and finally landed over here, although only in the southern CA region so far… I am impatiently waiting for it to make its way up here!!!

Until then, we have our Dry Fried Chicken at San Tung, which I have swooned on about here.

I’ve only read about how crispy the new KFC is, which uses an Asian frying technique that renders out the fat in the skin, transforming it into a thin, crackly and almost transparent crust. (Chinese cooks call this “paper fried chicken.”) And because of this process, this is not fast food, every order can take 30-40 minutes and I read that people are paying $16 for a whole chicken.

In the meantime, San Tung chicken has its own cult following, witness the line that forms if you come after 6:00. It’s the kind of mob that patiently waits, watching your every bite, until it is their turn to place their own order for dry fried chicken wings.

As the sauce cools the sugar begins to harden, coating the crisply fried wings in a delectably sticky, tangy sweet and savory spicy goo. The combination of freshly fried wings with the aromatic sauce is heady and thrills your senses.

Here is your own piece of heavenly fried chicken drumette, coated in an intoxicatingly sticky lacquer that is lip smacking good and habit forming, especially when you bite through it into the fleshy chicken, releasing its juices into your mouth.

The last time I came here with BG, Liz and Cody and we ordered 3 plates of the chicken. Initially we all wanted to order our own plate because we were reluctant to share… it’s that good. Three plates of chicken, some dumplings and dry-fried green beans were enough for the four of us to stuff ourselves silly. I’m thinking that the new KFC has got to be pretty amazing to beat this!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Chubbypanda December 5, 2007 at 6:13 am

Awww man! I’ve got such a craving now. Gotta get over to Kyochon LA for some chicken.


someguy December 26, 2008 at 8:39 pm

san tung is run by a korean family….


foodhoe December 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

someguy, I’ve asked them and they always insist they just serve chinese food…


gabby - dog dry skin December 20, 2009 at 10:31 pm

wow! looks so yummy. I’d like to have one right now. crave crave crave. nice blog. =) looking forward to see more post from you
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San Fran Tourist July 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I can attest to this!! The chicken is more than superb. My family was there for a week and everytime we passed by it, it was jam packed and the line was all in front of the door and down the sidewalk…the poor Chinese restaurant that faces this one was NEVER busy… 🙁
Their noodles are the freshest!! We also savored the garlicy eggplants with our chicken!!! Oooh-weee!!! We will definitely go back!!!


Tyra October 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Love this place and love your description


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