used to be good. This used to be a great takeout spot, and I ordered food even though the joint smelled like an old dog inside. Last time I went the food had gone way downhill.
A Hidden Gem.
Hong Sing is a neighborhood place superior to many Chinatown spots. Duck is always done but not dry. BBQ pork (char siu) is crispy in spots outside, tender inside. Veggies are cooked just so; therefore in mixed dishes the flavors are distinct. Always pay attention to the specials board for seasonal items. Steamed filet of sole is often on it and is excellent, the basic dish with scallions and ginger, great when done right and it's done right here. Some dishes are done in unexpected ways like the lemon chicken, battered pieces of chewy chicken with bell peppers and the lightest sauce you can imagine, not the cloyingly sweet stuff found elsewhere. Even better, portions are always quite generous, even with lunch plates.
A takeout steam table has standard Cantonese fare. It's better to order off a menu just in terms of the choices. Pork buns, steamed or baked, always seem to be available.
Parking can be problematic in this area (typical San Francisco), so take BART or hop on a bus.
Not very good. The menu is unoriginal. The food is just terrible. The resturant isn't very clean looking w/ old run down fixtures, etc. Ingredients seem to be very low-end with terms like soggy, fatty, greasy all coming to mind. Service is average. There are better places to spend a meal in the area then here.
Going down hill. We've been going to Hong Sing for many years and have always enjoyed the food. But as of late it has not been very good, they've changed cooks, we've had to send food back, one of the dishes had sour tofu and the food just isn't as good any more. We haven't been back for a couple months and if things don't get better we won't go back. It's a shame because it's in our neighborhood and so reasonable with large portions. The ladies bathroom is pretty dirty too.
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