Other people will be doing the official write-ups, but I just have to express my delight at another great day with the 'hounds.
We met up for round four of the dim sum civil war in Milpitas. After chowing for a couple of hours, we headed out to explore the rest of this large Asian strip mall: bakeries, BBQ meats, supermarket, tapioca tea places and of course, more restaurants.
But tanspace had mentioned that in the smaller, newer Asian strip mall across the street was a restaurant with the best xiao long bao he'd had in the area. Unfortunately the restaurant was crowded, and while we had to wait a few people had to leave, but five die-hards stayed on (taking advantage of the free samples of jasmine pearl tea at Q cup celebrating its grand opening) and eventually had "lunch" (can you have lunch when you already had "brunch"?).
Five of us managed to sample two different kinds of xlb (they were indeed excellent!), red cooked pig's trotter, clay pot rice and a Shanghai-style rice noodle dish.
The amazing thing was, this restaurant gives no indication to an English speaker that it has Shanghainese specialties. The sign up front says Mandarin and Schezuan, and the bi-lingual menu looks very standard. Since we'd lost out Mandarin speaker we actually had to just ask the waiter for the dishes we were interested in (after hearing a couple of phrases of Melanie's Mandarin, he started speaking to her in a mixture of Cantonese and English (vbg)).
So we had a great meal we never would have had without the guidance of a chowhound (thanks tanspace!) and the help of another (without Melanie I don't think the rest of us round eyes would have gotten much help from the waiter).
Thanks again to chowhounds specific and general!
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