Red alert! mr_darcy says that the Cupertino branch of Michelle’s Pancake House, a Northern California location of a Southern California–based restaurant empire, is serving some of the best dumplings he’s ever had, and he’s posted some delectable pictures (such as this one) as evidence. The chef, who hails from Shandong Province, turns out beautifully pleated dough, excellent dipping sauces, and house-made noodles. mr_darcy’s girlfriend (shall we call her Elizabeth Bennet?) adored the red bean pancakes, which let the bean flavor shine through, unlike many versions that are far too sweet to be enjoyable.
High marks also go to the zha jiang mian, a wheat noodle dish topped with pork stir-fried in fermented soybean paste. The noodles at Michelle’s Pancake House are house-made (though not hand-pulled) and the unique touches, like baby corn and carrots, added to mr_darcy’s enjoyment of the dish.
Michelle’s Pancake House [South Bay]
19060 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino