Foiled in our attempt to try the newly relocated Fatima in Cupertino last Sunday, I drove around the corner to the always welcoming TK Noodle in the Target center. Dad and I had an early dinner sharing two items.
The duck curry noodle soup (subbing egg noodles for rice vermicelli) had a deliciously spiced, creamy base stock with more heat than I expected here. The wiry egg noodles were perfectly cooked with a bouncy chewy texture. Falling-off-the-bone braised duck meat on the leg and portion of breast was completely devoid of flavor. But the deliciousness of the soup portion almost made up for it.
A small sized order of taro rice cakes is still pretty big here. Stir-fried in a hot wok to give them a nice singe, they’re mixed with scrambled eggs and sweet preserved mustard green hearts. They don’t have much taro taste to them, but the preparation method and the dipping sauce of sweetened vinegar make this dish.
I also had a salty plum lemon soda, pour your own here with a Canada Dry club soda. We were in and out in just a little over 30 minutes. Not the best food around, but this local chain offers the right combination of speed and value for the occasion. Cash only. Good aircon.
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