We’ve been living in East Bay for little bit more than 3 months, before that for few years my husband used to live in Los Angeles – we had our ‘rice box place’, our dim sum, shopping malls we used to visit. Now we’re trying to discoverour own places to get a bite of Hong Kong/Chinese/Taiwanese cuisine.
From time to time I will try to help you guys, living in Norther California, in fining places worth going. Last week we tested two places: one of them is Taiwanese chain bakery the other one is a restaurant.
Sheng Kee bakery 生計
- 34332 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City, CA – rest of the adresses you can find in a picture
- according to their site they first started in Taiwan, now they are running a chain bakery for more than 40 years. They offer Asian style pastry like pineapple buns, buns with sausages, garlic one, with cheese, red beans, chocolate. Everything you need and like!
- prices are really affordable – usually 1-1.99 USD per piece, my long garlic bread was 1.69 and hawaiian bun of my husband 1.89
- drinks are sold in chubby cups – it last for a really long time, they might not ask you about bubbles in your drink so if you want it just in case mention you want a boba drink – we took honey green tea and milk tea, both 1.99USD, but they were in promotion, regular price is 2.99 USD
- besides pastry and drinks you can also get cakes – beautifully shaped, looking SAME as the one I bought in TMT Plaza in Hong Kong, my favourite one is piggy shaped and green tea cake; average cost is around 20 USD
- only minus I can think of is that they accept credit cards if your bill is more than 10 USD so if you’re buying just a bit like us, prepare cash
Why I like it more that other bakeries? Prices are bit smaller and you can actually see them making fresh buns in the back! Most of Chinese shopping malls have their own bakeries, but all products are brought in the morning, it won’t be that fresh in the afternoon. They were so delicious I ate it already in the car! I would give them 5 nomms in my 5 nomm nomm scale 🙂
Hong Kong Saigon Harbor Seafood Restaurant 香港西貢漁港
- 1135 Lawrence Express Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94089; other one is located in 3150 Pierce Street
Richmond, CA 94804, next to 99 Ranch
- in the morning they offer dim sum, they have also special lunch menu – which was in my opinion much bigger and had better items especially soups, in the afternoon it changes into a restaurant
- they offer online ordering but you need to go there and pick it up on your own – I saw one lady doing it but still she was waiting for her order more than 20 minutes
- dim sum items are priced: small – 2.70 USD, medium – 3.50 USD, large – 4.35 USD, special items – 6. 50 USD, kitchen (made for your order) – 5.50 USD
- whole menu can be seen on their online ordering site: http://order.zonicordering.com/?str=saigon-seafood-harbor-sunnyvale
We got that place recommended by our friend and his roommate. We went there with him on Saturday afternoon so you can imagine the line. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, but it gave me that missing feeling of Hong Kong lunch time. Or any time. When we finally got inside it looked like typical dim sum place – very specious with bunch of round tables, living seafood at the back and very very loud people. Home, sweet home. But not really – we ordered ‘Tender green in broth’ (13 USD), ‘Beef brisket with daikon’ (15 USD), ‘Sauteed tender pork with xo sauce’ and 3 bowls of rice (3.75 USD). After half hour they finally brought us beef brisket and rice, for veggie and pork we had to wait another half hour – they started to make it when we asked where’s the rest of the order. Guys just stopped eating and waited for pork and veggie for so long that beef brisket got cold and lost it’s texture – they lost the mood of eating it and since I don’t like it at all I was sitting there with my cold rice waiting for food to come. When the food finally was served I must say it was good but veggies were overpriced. Our total bill for 3 people with tips was 56 USD. Not too bad but their mistakes made me lose all the nice atmosphere I had at the very beggining. After the meal they gave us a red bean dessert for free, for me it was sweet but I didn’t like it’s texture, especially I’m not fan of that kind of desserts, my husband said it’s tasteless (but still he ate 90% of mine and whole his).
I don’t want to judge that place only by that dinner so we might give a shot to their dim sum. If I had to give my judgment now I would say 2 nomms out of 5. Price was average, food was OK but forgetting about part of the order really made lose it’s value. If not that I would give them 3-3.5 nomms. You can try to give it a shot but I wouldn’t recommend going there in the afternoon, especially on weekends – too many customers might cause more mistakes like that.
I guess we just need to keep on trying. Please, share your East Bay Chinese Cuisine Experience 🙂
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PS This weekend I also became a foster mother of 3 kitties. OK, I’m really their food slave – meowing around 6AM every day from their nomm nomm. Too bad I could catch only 2 of them in the photo, there’s also the loudest meowing white kittie.