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Henry's Hunan Restaurant

Chinese Food Restaurant in San Francisco

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I wanted greasy noodles. And all I got was the grease.

  • Dec 13, 2008
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Let me start by saying I am a fan of junk food. Grease, butter, sugar, and salt all make my top ten list of favorite ingredients. But Henry's Hunan was a test even for me.

I recently started working in downtown San Francisco and was still familiarizing myself with the neighborhood. I told my boss I was graving Chinese food, in particular noodles and had no idea where to go. She told me the closest place she knew of was Henry's Hunan and that from memory it was pretty good. I glanced at the menu online and set off.

I got there and the place seemed nice enough. Tucked in an alley it had a nice hole-in-the-wall feel and I was hopeful I had made a "find." There also seemed to be a good crowd inside so I figured I was safe.

The first bad sign though was that the cashier was sitting behind a class wall in a little cubby and there was no one at the door to greet me. I awkwardly stepped up to the cashier and asked if I could order take-out. I decided on chicken chow mein, not the best choice in any noodle pick, but I figured it would make a somewhat nutrious meal.

I will say this the service was quick and for what I paid (about $8) I got enough for four people. In fact despite my noodle craving I was overwhelmed by the portion size.

The real problem began when I started to eat. The noodles smelled awful as soon as I opened them. And they were swimming in a puddle of grease. I had hopes that looks would b deceiving but...no. I took about 5 bites and knew I was done for. There were some good flavors in there, including a little spice, but for the most part it was masked by the grease!

I know how many time can I complain about the same thing, but seriously, eating here made me feel like I needed to change my lifestyle. My junk food addiction is nortorious and yet I felt the need to go run a couple miles, eat a vegetable, and substitute my soda for water (which I would have done by the way if my stomach wasn't upset).

The sad thing is I held onto the noodles til dinner time. I figured that Chinese food always tasted better leftover so it couldn't hurt to try again! Well...it did hurt. I took two bites and then threw the whole thing out. And then searched the kitchen for some bread to soak up all the grease in my stomach.

But despite all this...a few days have passed and I'm starting to consider going back. There is no other close chinse to work! Maybe something besides noodles would be better? Or maybe I shouldn't tempt fate.

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January 16, 2009
I can only imagine how greasy this must have been... usually when I am craving Chinese food, that usually means I want an oily, gross, greasy plate of chow mein or pan fried noodles.....but it was even too oily for THAT occasion...that scares me. Great review though... I'll know to not go here.
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I am a recent graduate trying to navigate myself through the real world and at times finding it harder and easier than expected. Go figure. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with degree in Art History … more
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