Lucky Buddha is a fine, unassuming Peninsula spot for lunch. Here's why: although one could be distracted or put off by the page of simple wok-fry-plus-rice lunch-sets, before it in the menu is a full page (English-language, too) of noodle soup and porridge. There are southern Chinese specialties on the wall menu. Overall ingredient quality is high.
The porridge is half way to creamy. It's not the tired rice-and-broth mix that you can find elsewhere, but also not the luscious velvet served at Sang Gai in Hong Kong. Just homey, simple juk -- maybe the most accessible of all Chinese food.
Lucky Buddha's juk came piping hot, with bits of green onion and finely minced ginger. The seafood in the seafood porridge included excellent, medium, peeled shrimp; other porridge on the menu include beef, fish filet, pork, and preserved egg.
The yauh ja gwai (unsweetened doughnut logs, you2 tiao2 in Mandarin) were sparkling and light.
The foods listed on the boards and menu feature salt-fish fried rice, Hong Kong crabs (which should be in season), and pork belly with preserved vegetable.
Lucky Buddha Seafood Restaurant. 1050 El Camino Real. San Carlos 94070. +1 650 551 1388.
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