House of Nanking, San Francisco

4 out of 5 stars 19 Reviews

919 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 421-1429

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    House of Nanking: Best Chinese Food EVER

    by Suzanimal Written Mar 31, 2003

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    This restaurant feels like a greasy spoon/hole in the wall, but the food is incomperable. The owner/chef prides himself on using fresh ingredients and keeping the cost reasonable.

    I have looked in guide books and some people call this the best chinese food in the world. That may be an overstatement, but the food is pretty darn good. Costs range from $4.95 to $8.95 for the a'la carte items - I would reccomend the crispy beef (WOW) and the fried potstickers. However, if you don't know what you want, tell the waiter and he will say - "you want something with chicken? I'll bring you something with chicken." You'll be happy with it, trust me. PS - the Chow Mein and Fried Rice are also both EXCELLENT.

    Many times there is a line waiting for this restaurant. Eating there is fine, but you have to be kind of assertive in ordering and keeping your water glass filled. For this reason, I reccommend getting your food to go. It almost seems as if you get more food this way.

    Favorite Dish: Crispy Beef - wow - sweet sauce, giant whole mushrooms. Just overall delicious.
    Chow Mein - just really good
    Fried Rice - also very good
    Fried Pot Stickers (appetizer) - comes with a wonderful peanut sauce that is almost Thai like.
    Garlic Eggplant - yummy

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    House of Nanking: Great Chinese Food

    by Skibbe Written Jan 2, 2003

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    I came here with a group of six. The waiter asked if we had been here before. We said no so he grabbed our menus and said "I'll take care of you." He did very well ordering a little bit of everything for us.

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    House of Nanking: Great Chinese Food

    by wrldtravler Written Jan 1, 2003

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    Locals will forever debate its authenticity, but it's hard to go wrong at this busy and absurdly good eatery.
    The dinnertime waiting line outside this tiny, greasy, wildly popular hole in the wall starts at 5:30pm; by 6, there's a 90-minute wait for a table with a plastic menu that lists only half of the best dishes served here. While Nanking's food is outstanding and the prices are some of the most reasonable in the city, the service is slow.

    Favorite Dish: Succulent duck dumplings perhaps, or tempura-like sesame-battered Nanking scallops in a spicy garlic sauce--all served hot and fresh on shiny metal platters. The sweet, nutty and slightly hot prawn and green onion pancakes with peanut sauce are dizzyingly delicious, as is the Nanking chicken.

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    House of Nanking: House of Nanking

    by Nojan Written Aug 26, 2002

    Lunch at The House of Nanking, a special recommendation from a special friend was taken seriously! It turned out to be the best chinese food I have yet had. Great food, cheap prices (under $10 a person), rude waiters, and barely enough room to move your arms, what a great combination for a wonderful atmosphere and ambiance, where people of all walks of life were forced into proximity and conversation with one another (Columbus and Kearny, Chinatown, S.F.). I LOVED it.

    Favorite Dish: Egg rolls, Nanking mongolian Beef, Sesame Beef with sauce

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