Today, following up on a tip from a friend that does know not how to use a computer but knows her food we went to a hole in the hole in the same shopping center as Asia Village in Sunnyvale.
I had to help my wife out the car so that we would have a table I sent our older son to get a table. He return in a flash and jump up in my face and said Are you out of your mind, this place has a steam table Chinese food. What pressure I live under, their whole lifes they have eaten both expensive and cheap good food so they are use to getting good food. Now I am attacked before we even at seated because he thinks he is geting steam table Chinese food in the Bay Area.
Anyway I told him to get the table because I knew that they had a whole list of five dollars dishes. Well I was given a two page list of on both sides with five dishes. You can order three for 14.97. So I order three dishes. I had forgot that my friend had told me that if you order four dishes you get a Crispy Chicken for free. The lady told me to order two more dishes and the chicken would be free. So for roughly twenty bucks you will get five dishes with a free soup and dessert.
I had order the following before,
Steamed Oysters with Black Bean Sauce, really fresh and cooked just perfectly. You get four good size oysters. Very good.
Side Pork with Preserved Vegetables, the pork was not cooked long enough so it was not tender enough and there was a bed of Napa cabbage so I did not get all the preserved vegetable. There was sour/vinegar taste on the Napa cabbage. I will have to try the taro root side pork next time. Average.
Salt and Pepper Beef, this was the best dish we had today. Strip of fillet batter and deep fried with a salt and pepper. The coating was just right not too heavy. The beef was very tender and not over done. Excellent minus.
Steamed Pork Hash with Salted Fish, this was really funny in that it had the texture of the beef balls you get in dim sum. Not was we expected. The favor and was okay but not something I would order again. Nothing wrong just the texture I use to. Average.
Crispy Chicken, we got a whole baby chicken. This was cooked just right not over done which is the case for this dish. The skin is crispy and just the right amount of salt for favor. Very good.
We were served a free house soup. Straw Mushroom Tofu and Spinach Soup, not the normal house soup that cooks all day. Also we were given a free dessert two kinds Chinese Agar Agar jello
We order a sparerib with bean curd to go. This was not one of the five dollar dishes but was a off the wall from the Chinese recommedations. Will have the leftovers and this dish for dinner.
The price was twenty eight dollars and change for two meals for three people. I believe the rice was free too. This place has Mrs. Yimster semi approval, cheap food but not great food. She is willing to come back since she will not have to cook.
Over a hundred dishes on the deal menu for five bucks. Will take we several visits to check on this menu. It is nice that in the South Bay we have cheap eats as well as high end eats. We were there during lunch time it was busy but most of the orders were to go. You got two items with soup to go. Sorry did not get the price of the steam table meal.
Beside the five dollar menu which is in both Chinese and English they also have a full Chinese menu in the five to six dollar range. But they also have a Chinese only recommendation on the walls too. But not that many so you could ask the staff to help you read them if you want.
If was not given a heads up I would have walked or driven by without stopping.
Famous Food Restaurant
872 Old San Francisco Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
408 738 3388
The Chinese name for this place is perfect for us Chowhounds. It translate to foodie or chowhound street.