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Chef Xiu in Mtn View

snewdl | | Jul 14, 2009 11:30 AM

We had a tasty and amazingly economical meal at Chef Xiu in Mtn View the other night. This is the cozy, miniscule restaurant that replaced the former Shanghai Taste Delight, on El Camino.

The waiter gave us a big plate of seaweed as an appetizer, which I thought was a promising start.

We ordered:
- Home style tofu: nicely spicy
- steamed whole sole: with ginger and green onions
- fried string beans (gan bian si ji dou)
- pork with preserved vegetable: fresh bacon steamed with dried mustard (mei gan ko rou), a hakka dish
- "cumin seed lamb in hot plate": think cumin lamb fajitas--dramatic and popular with the other customers
- "three kinds of seafood w/ tofu skin vegetable": misidentified; the "tofu skin" is actually mung bean skin (la pi)

Everything was quite good, especially given the serving sizes and the prices (hey, did I mention the prices?). I lamented the passing of Shanghai Taste Delight, but this certainly gives me consolation.

The front of the take-out menu says "bei3 fang1 te4 se4" - "northern specialties"? Not sure exactly what that entails, but I was happy to find that the entire menu is translated into english. There was a secret menu posted on the wall, but the printed menu is sufficiently exotic that I don't feel like I'm missing out on too much.

Chef Xiu
855 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040