|Pork jook from Sam Wo (Yelp photo)|
The chicken jook ($6.25) has an intense flavor, and in the plain wonton soup ($6.50) the deeply flavored chicken broth also stars. The nine plump dumplings are filled with pork and crunchy cubes of water chestnuts, making the soup as filling as the jook. More popular, however, is a combination of wonton soup ($8.50) chock-full of shrimp, meat and vegetables.The food sounds much improved from that which I had in 2003:
I ordered the special won ton soup. For $4.75 I counted a half-dozen won ton, a couple of shrimp and pieces of pork, and some bok choy and water chestnuts. The liquid volume exceeded that of the solids, not a good sign of value. The food’s mediocre, the so-bad-it’s-good ambience has been replaced by no ambience. If Sam Wo is here 20 years from now, I'll be very surprised.We'll just have to add the new Sam Wo to the list of SF eateries to check out, and we'll be sure to bring back a T-shirt.