I want to thank Nancy and Becky Berry for this tip. Most of our non Chowhound eating buddies are heavily into Cantonese food and not much into other Chinese styles of food. So I do not get tips from them on a gem like this.
On Thursday night over the meal at Mings Diner I was able to hear Nancy and Becky discuss the Northern style dumpling at Five A Café in Burlingame. It is located at 1851 El Camino Real near Long Drugs.
We arrive a little after 6:00PM and found the place empty, but the kitchen was busy doing take out orders. You get to walk thur the kitchen on the way to the dinning room. This was a clear and comfortable dinning room. But by the time we left it was completely full.
I was given the English menu because I do not look like I can read or speak Chinese. I looked it over a couple times and was not impressed the selection. Then Mrs. Yimster arrive and the young Lady give us a Chinese menu. So Nancy you are right there are over one hundred items on this menu. I ask for take out copy of the Chinese menu but they were out. So next time.
We had following dishes.
Sizzling Rice soup had good ingredients but lack body and too many chucks of canned chestnuts. Not a high light.
But the rest of the meal was.
Ground Lamb dumpling very interest in taste and favor, it was gamey. Loved it.
What I call the Chinese hamburger. Nice patty of ground beef with a nice pastry in the shape of a pie.
Three Cup Chicken, very good but I am not a good judge how close it to the Taiwanese treat.
Homemade Golden Thread Fried Bread, which was very good crispy and golden outside and soft on the inside.
We were given free congee with yams to go with dinner.
Total cost with a nice tip $30. We will return with more mouths to sample this food at a later date.