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Cafe Yulong - Mountain View

Dee Glaze | Apr 14, 2003 09:34 PM

This is a long-promised post for South Bay Chinese food aficionados. My S.O. and I have made a number of visits to Yulong, and experiences have varied from stellar to reliably good. The restaurant is located at 743 W. Dana St off Castro in Mountain View.

Prices range from ~$5.00 for appetizers to $7-12 for most main plates. We like spicy food, and they offer a number of selections within each food type.

Yulong makes their own pastas, and they care enough to warn customers about the flavor-loss hazards of fresh noodles interacting with Styrofoam containers for take out.

Our favorite dishes include:

Appetizers
Yulong fish and leek dumplings (12) – these are delicately flavored with leeks, chives and ginger.

Hot and Cold Plate – good for 3-5 people: uncut mung bean sheets, shrimp, calamari, scallops, pork, jellyfish (tender), cucumber, carrots and other veggies in a Chinese-style mustard sauce. Toss well or risk wasabi-nose.

Vegetables
We tried a few selections. Our constant favorite is stir-fried spinach and mung bean thread in a garlic wine sauce.

Lamb
Hunan style lamb – tender lamb with green and yellow onions, garlic and ginger (slightly spicy). This dish was good but not as great as some others listed here .

Poultry
Yulong chicken – with roasted (hot) red peppers, black beans, and garlic infused sweet and sour wine sauce.

Sichuan Tea Smoked Duck – our experience with this dish has varied from great to average. Sometimes the skin is crispy and sometimes not. If you order this, know that by default this dish is served with lotus flower buns. These sound good, we found they overpowered the duck and now request mu shu wrappers instead.

Seafood
Lemon Pepper Prawns – on our first visit, we were wowed by this dish. It was perfectly balanced, with perfectly-cooked shrimp, a zesty lemon wine sauce and the perfect amount of pepper. On a subsequent visit, it lacked the citrus tang we enjoyed. I suppose we should keep track of which chef is cooking.

Yulong shrimp – with chopped garlic, ginger and yes, their house tomato sauce. It is sweet, sour and hot, and a great and unusual combination.

Noodles
We’ve tried at least 3 other dishes -- garlic and spinach noodles remain our favorite. These ribbons of green are perfectly cooked and seasoned with a wonderful, light garlic sauce.

Service is pleasant, prompt and happy to recommend dishes once they have a sense of what you like. Fresh kim chi is provided as a gift from the kitchen when you sit down.

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