Archive for February, 2013

食完再食 – Yum’s Bistro 知味館

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

After having a wonderful dinner at Yum’s Bistro 知味館 a few weeks ago, the FoodLover couldn’t help going back a again with another group of friends.

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Yum’s Bistro 知味館
4906 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94555
Tel: +1-510-745-8866


Pancake to Share – Original Pancake House

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Sunday. Early Afternoon. The FoodLover had to step outside for some fresh air and found himself sitting in Original Pancake House in Los Altos for a late lunch. A few days earlier, he and some old friends were reminiscing those Sunday mornings when they used to have delicious pancakes at the Original Pancake House in Wilmette, Illinois.

I knew exactly what to order even before taking a glance at the menu – Dutch Baby. This bowl-like pancake was freshly baked and had texture of crepe in the middle. The side of the “bowl” was fluffy and slightly crispy. To fully enjoy this pancake, I squeezed plenty of lemon juice on it with generous portion of whipped butter and powdered sugar. It was rich and delicious – I found out later that it might be too rich for me.

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I finished eating this Dutch Baby at around 2:30pm but had to skip dinner because I was still full at 7pm. The next morning, I had an orange for breakfast, went out to play 18 holes of golf and was not yet hungry after the round. I could still feel that pancake in my stomach at dinner time but had a light dinner anyway. That was 28 hours after I had the pancake.

Couldn’t blame the pancake because it tasted good. It’s only a sign that my digestive system is not the same as it was forty years ago. I should have done what the old couple sitting at the table next to mine did – they asked for an extra plate and shared an Apple Pancake.

Will I go back again? Of course, I will.

Original Pancake House
420 S San Antonio Rd., Los Altos, CA 94022
Tel: +1-650-559-9197

Food with Passion – Yum’s Bistro 知味館

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

A reunion of friends from Evanston was long overdue; good food at Yum’s Bistro 知味館 was just an excuse for this pre-CNY gathering. We were thankful that 羅太 who knew this restaurant well called to book tables and pre-order a few special dishes for the occasion.

We started dinner with two specially prepared soups: Sturgent Head w/ Chicken & Herbs (川芎白芷雞燉鱘龍頭) and Chicken Soup w/ Water Crest Dried Scallop and Dried Duck Gizzers (西洋菜瑤柱陳腎雞燉湯). While the Water Crest Soup was outstanding, the Fish Head Soup was superior. The herbal flavor blended so well with the fish that we had to fight for extra bowls. This tasty soup also had the side benefit of strengthening our bodies against catching cold.

Beef with mango was very appetizing; beef was tender too.

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The Crispy Chicken Stuffed with Flavored Sweet Rice (脆皮糯米雞) was another dish that needed o be pre-ordered. This was no ordinary 糯米雞. Try to take a spoonful of chicken meat and sweet rice and eat it together with a piece of crispy skin – simply awesome. The braised sea cucumber meat ball looked like ordinary “Lion Head” (獅子頭) until I sank my teeth into it. It was so soft and smooth and tasted good.

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The lobster looked dry but actually was moist inside with aroma of high quality soy sauce.

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Don’t let the chili on this Hong Kong Spicy Crab scare you. The crab meat was only spicy enough to stimulate your taste buds without being too “hot”. Of course you can always eat the chili if you love super spicy food. The noodle had a lot of shrimp roe on top to give this “fresh” (鮮) flavor and was a good dish to end the dinner.

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For desserts, we had Almond Broth with Egg White (鮮磨杏汁蛋白露) and Walnut Soup (核桃米糊). Both were freshly prepared (鮮磨) and had wonderful fragrant flavor.

We started the dinner at around 6:15pm and was done a little before nine. The chef took time to prepare each dish and had them served one at a time so we could taste all of them hot. Even though the place was full in this Saturday evening, there was no pressure to rush us out. All the customers basically had the table for the whole evening. For this luxury, there was a price. The dinner cost each of us US$41 which was not cheap for a dinner with no expensive ingredient such as shark fin or abalone but was well worth it (超值). Instead of paying for the ingredients, you pay for the craftsmanship of the owner chef.

Needless to say, the FoodLover will return in the near future. However, if you wanted to have faster service at lower price, I would recommend a certain restaurant with a name started with the letter “M”.

Yum’s Bistro 知味館
4906 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94555
Tel: +1-510-745-8866


There’s Hope – Fey 福恩緣

Friday, February 1st, 2013

20130201 Fey AFor many years, the FoodLovers have been looking for a good Chinese restaurant in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area to no avail. To have decent Chinese food, we have to drive tens of miles north to Millbrae, south to Cupertino, or east to Fremont or Milpitas.

There was a Cantonese restaurant – Ten Fu 天福 – only two miles away but the food was so bad we never returned after that visit about twenty years ago. That’s why we weren’t  unhappy to see it closed a few months ago. In its place is now a Sichuan and northern style restaurant, Fey Restaurant 福恩緣. F.E.Y. are the initials of its Chinese name Fu En Yuan.

Just in case Fey was another loser, we went there for lunch instead of dinner. First impression was not bad as we walked in. The place was bright and clean; waiting staff was friendly. The Luncheon Specials were reasonably priced at $7.25 to $7.95 that was comparable to prices at nearby restaurants. I wanted to have noodle so I skipped the Luncheon Special and ordered Beijing Bean Sauce Noodles 北京炸醬麵. Mrs. FoodLover had the Beef with Tofu Lunch.

The noodle was pretty crunchy and the sauce had a lot of meat. It was not bad but I would like it to be a little bit sweeter. Mrs. liked her Beef with Tofu. The beef was not tough as those served at most Chinese restaurants here. The portions were big too. I could feel the noodle in my stomach as I walked out. Both dishes came with complimentary Hot and Sour Soup which was again not bad but slightly on the sour side.

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It is too early to say that this is a winner but there is HOPE. We will probably come back for dinner before giving the final verdict. There are induction cooktops on each table for hotpot. We may try that too.

Fey Restaurant 福恩緣
1368 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: +1-650-324-8888