Recently beside browsering Chinese-language forums (be prepared for great, unexpected article!), being a nomm-no,m slave of the kitties from my backyard and dealing with everyday life I keep on trying to finding ‘our’ places in East Bay.
Last time I mentioned giving another chance to Hong Kong Saigon Harbor Seafood restaurant, but last week I didn’t and I don’t regret AT ALL. We decided to try ‘Little Sichuan Restaurant’ – as a person who hates spicy food it was a big step, but it was totally worth it!
Little Sichuan Restaurant 福恩園
- went to 35233 Newark Blvd, #F Newark, CA 94560, the other on is located at 168 E. 4th Ave San Mateo, CA 94401
- online ordering is possible: check the online menu http://restaurant.instantonlineorders.com/littlesichuannewark/?mid=2265&choosemenu=Choose+Menu&form=ordering from what I see it’s pretty much the same, but for example SM doesn’t have tiny buns
- delivery – $100 USD minimum, probably the only minus of that place
- pretty quiet, but staff is really nice and takes care of the customers; not too many things – as my husband say: less Chinese they try to make it more Chinese food it really is
- on the table you have black vinegar, soy sauce, Korean spicy sauce, salt
- a tea-pot is included in the price, you can always go and grab a soy milk to a bowl for free as well
I tried to convince my husband we can take the really spicy items but I failed: we agreed to take steamed mini-buns – but they told us to wait 20 minutes to make them. At least they warned us, not forget about us waiting. Besides that we took ‘Sour pickle mustard stir fried pork’, ‘Stir fried winter melon’ and a bowl of rice for my husband. Once I saw the size of a bowl I was so thankful I didn’t order it for myself – the biggest rice in restaurant EVER. Every item we took was really delicious, especially sour pork – it had a taste of a sourkraut (sour cabbage) that is one of traditional things in my country as well. I just loved it! My husband’s only complain is that from Chinese menu he read buns should be ‘Shanghainese style’ a.k.a. bun with soup inside, but for me they were just delicious. With the tip we paid only 25 USD and it lasted for two meals! I told him that we’re going there next time as well. 5 nomm-nomms in my 5 nomm-nomm scale! My husband gived 4.95/5 nomms because he expected the soup 🙂
The Korean Noodle place is a place we’ve been visiting for a month, but even thought it’s not Chinese place I think it’s worth going. My only advice is since the location is quite scary don’t go after the sunset – Oakland is not the safest place in America. It probably didn’t even know what ‘safety means’
- 4390 Telegraph Ave. #B, Oakland, CA 94609 – yup, THAT Oakland, but during the day that area is not that bad
- reservation is possible and to be honest it’s so small, yet so popular that if you don’t want to wait make a reservation for lunch hours
- they don’t mention anything about the delivery so I assume it’s not possible
- full menu can be seen on their site: http://koryojajang.com/board/bbs/board.php?bo_table=menu
Our standard ‘set’ is Tang Sue Yuk 탕수육 – huge dish of sweet and sour beef with onions, pineapples, cucumber, you can pick pork or chicken if requested. Beside that we decided to try their dumplings (만두)- last time we took deep fried, this time boiled – standard pork and vegetable mix. In my opinion I prefer boiled one but deep fried one seem to have more filling inside. And of course noodles. It’s not even noodles, it’s NOODLES. It’s just huge bowl of delicious noodles. We take one and share because BELIEVE me – you won’t be able to finish all the bowl on your own at once. Every time I look every table has some leftovers because people cannot finish it. Our favourite one is Ja Jang Myun 짜장면 – noodles made with Jajang sauce, very tasty. And I know I’m showing off but we were so lucky to be next to one of the people working there while he was making the dumplings – really great to see they make it every day not buy them.
I forgot to mention every order comes with rice tea/water and a side dish with sauce, onion and ginger – all the things I hate and my husband eats it like a snack. In my nomm nomm scale they get a huge 4.5, mostly because I wish boiled dumplings had similar ammount of filling like the fried one. You need to go there!
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