A non posting Chowhound invited me for a late lunch last week at a Shanghai restaurant I have not been too (for me this maybe a first, I have two on a list where I need to go) or even heard of.
It is location at 189 El Camino Real in San Bruno, 650 615 9879. It’s a small little hole in the wall where if driving by I would not look twice.
But the food was much better than the place looked.
Stinky tofu, so of the best I have had in a while. In the top four in the Bay Area, Joy in Foster City, Shanghai in Oakland (but only after 6 PM) and China Tofu (it is one the better ones around, everything else is just common). The tofu was lightly airy and of course stinky. It had the wonderful taste and texture of the real thing. It also had a mild aftertaste all of the wonderfulness of stinky tofu. Better than the one we recently had in Hong Kong from a street vendor.
XLB’s one of the thinnest skin I remember ever. Also the most soup I have ever had. In fact the skin looked so thin I was sure it would burst when I tried to pick it up. There was so much soup that the soup spoon would not hold it all. My dining buddy told me we should have asked for soup bowl. Not need but close. The soup was wonderful but the filling was just ok, but really worth while.
Kao Fu, a Shanghai wheat gluten, peanut and shitake mushroom dish. Great texture and flavor expect to me it was no the sweet side. But everything else was great.
Then we order A choy in broth and garlic stir fry/blanch. Cooked to a crispy texture not over cooked.
Had a lot of interesting dishes on the menu, but since we were only two could not eat anymore.
Of course we had a Chinese only white board which change daily. Do not order anything from the board since we were only two.
Another option for Shanghai food on the west bay.