Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Food Porn: Korean-Style Chinese At Zazang

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM

click to enlarge zazang_overview.jpg

Purveyors of the Korean-style Chinese specialty comfort food known as za zang myun, Zazang (2340 Geary at Baker) is a tiny but charming restaurant plunked down on an indiscriminate block of Geary lorded over by the Kaiser Permanente medical complex. Za zang myun could not-too-imprecisely be called the spaghetti of the east, consisting of a pile of chewy, hand-pulled wheat noodles served swimming in an sturdy, ink-black sauce made from beef broth, black bean paste (hence the color), vegetables and either pork or -- in the popular seafood version -- squid and shrimp. While the color can be off-putting, the sauce is very mellow, which is where, I suspect, the correlation to comfort food comes in. In fact, I usually require a nice big squirt of cock sauce (heh) to amp up the heat level. Also, the price is right: at $4.95, a steaming bowl of za zang myun is one of the better lunch deals in town. And while many Koreans would probably call me crazy for saying this, while I really, really love the namesake dish, it isn't the real reason I go to places like Zazang ... follow the jump to find out the shocking truth!

click to enlarge zazang_pork.jpg

Behold my sweet, fried lover: tang su yuk ($9.95), an overflowing plate of deep fried pork chunks smothered in a perfectly tangy sweet and sour sauce studded with tantalizing pieces of lightly pickled cucumbers, carrots, onion, and pineapple.

click to enlarge zazang_noodles.jpg

Tang su yuk plays the hot high school slut to za zang myun's homely best friend. In a bind, you will always go running back to the friend, but goddamn if the slut isn't a hell of a lot more fun. Yes, in this metaphor you are a terrible, terrible person.

-- Brian Bernbaum

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Brian Bernbaum

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"