Looking to satisfy your appetite for Chinese fare?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Chinese restaurants around San Francisco, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.
1. Hai Ky Noodles
Topping the list is Hai Ky Noodles. Located at 707 Ellis St. (between Larkin and Polk streets) in the Tenderloin, Hai Ky Noodles is the highest-rated cheap Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, boasting 4.5 stars out of 914 reviews on Yelp.
The noodle house, which opened in 1987, specializes in traditional Teochew cuisine and offers an array of soups and other dishes that draw on Chinese, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian flavors. Try the house soup with homemade noodles, pork, shrimp and chicken or the braised duck leg soup with wontons and fried garlic.
2. Superstar Restaurant
Next up is Superstar Restaurant, situated at 4919 Mission St. (between France and Italy avenues). The casual Chinese and Filipino eatery, which opens most days at 9 a.m., serves up platters of Mongolian beef, Hong Kong-style fried pork chops, Filipino sausage, seafood and more, with sides of rice and fried eggs. With 4.5 stars out of 403 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a low-priced option.
3. Good Luck Dim Sum
Good Luck Dim Sum in the Inner Richmond is another high-traffic, budget-friendly go-to, with four stars out of 1,555 Yelp reviews. This hole-in-the-wall spot serves up classic barbecue pork buns, beef siu mai, turnip cakes and an assortment of dumplings, which Eater SF has named among San Francisco's best. Head over to 736 Clement St. (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) to see for yourself. (Note: Good Luck Dim Sum is cash only).
4. The Chairman Truck
With four stars out of 1,424 reviews on Yelp, food truck The Chairman Truck has proven to be another top choice. The Chairman Truck is a food truck-only operation, ever since its brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Tenderloin closed last year. The food truck specializes in steamed buns and rice bowls and has been named among "The Best Food Trucks in San Francisco" by Thrillist. To keep track of its whereabouts, visit the website.
5. House of Pancakes
Last but not least, there's House of Pancakes, a Parkside favorite with four stars out of 925 reviews. Stop by 937 Taraval St. (between 19th and 20th avenues) to hit up the restaurant, which specializes in savory Chinese pancakes and hande-made noodle dishes, next time you're in the mood for cheap eats.
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