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Nutrition House, Milpitas

andy | May 2, 2006 12:31 AM

Sunday, we went to eat at Nutrition House in Milpitas. Since my first visit 2 months ago, I’ve been back at least 3x already. The food is consistently good and combined w/ low prices and large portions, the crowds keep coming back for more.

We had a variety of dishes- not all Dong Bei. We ordered the spicy cold green bean sheets appetizer, some steamed veggie dumplings and xiao long baos, beef noodle “huh-fen”, and a sesame bread w/ beef inside “xao-bing jia nio-re”. Since every table had some sort of stear-pot, we also got the Seafood with Tofu in Pot.

The spicy cold green bean sheets was delicious. I am hooked on this dish! It’s basically a cold noodle salad that comes with julienne cuts of cucumbers, carrots, and ham. Each one is separated, allowing you to mix it together w/ the spicy sauce. Not exactly sure what the sauce is made of- it tastes like there’s wasabi and peanut butter, similar to that served with satays. My description isn’t doing it any justice. Trust me, it’s very good and refreshing, perfect for the rising temperatures outside.

The steamed veggie dumplings were really good. The skin’s slightly thick and it’s filled w/ finely diced mushrooms and snow cabbage. I love veggie dumplings and at $3, it’s tempting to order 2 :) The seafood w/ tofu pot was delicious, too. Tons of tofu, fish fillets, water chestnuts, baby corn, and fishballs- this was very satisfying and there were plenty of leftovers for lunch today. We all really enjoyed the stir-fry beef noodle “huh-fen”. Though it was a bit greasy for me, the beef was tender and even slightly sweet- yum!

The only disappointments were the xlb, which were small and flat, and the sesame bread filled w/ beef. Not only was this served at room temperature, but there were barely 2 slices of beef and no sauce. I definitely would not order this again.

Their pastries are pretty popular and I ordered a red bean one to go. It’s very light and flaky- didn’t taste oily or buttery and it was only mildly sweet. Perhaps a bit too bland, but perfect if you just want a little something sweet. I’m going to try a savory radish one next time.

Love this place and they work hard. They’re open every day from 6am to 2am and dim sum is served even on the weekdays. Lunch and dinner is always packed, but worth the wait. Be sure to put your name on the list when you get there.

Nutrition House
296 Barber Lane
Milpitas, CA 95035
408) 428- 9285

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