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Ken Hoffman | Jul 29, 200206:38 PM     3

It looks like Monterey Road is becoming the road of hidden treasures as much as it is an extension of El Camino Real (The Royal Way). Today I had lunch at the Ocean Palace Restaurant. A truly unassuming place, it is buried deeply in a run-down strip mall.
The food is anything but tired, however. Giant bowls of Won-Ton and shredded duck rice noodle soup were plunked down before the two of us --it was really enough food for 6 people. Quantity aside, the food was tremendous. There were generous portion of tender shredded duck, large black mushrooms and an almost smokey tea flavored broth with perfectly cooked thin rice vermicelli in what weemed to be a bottomless bowl. The won-tons skins were severely tested, bursting with minced pork, almost muscular in contour and appearance. Their consistency was surprisingly silky and non-chewy given their size. This place is apparently popular with neighbourhood folks so you may have to wait about 1/2 hour for a table for dinner at peak times on the weekends. The lunch crowd was spartan. Rice plates also looked huge!

Ocean Palace
Edenvale Shopping Center
5316 Monterey Rd.
San Jose 95111
408.281.8288
Open every day 11 am- 9.30 pm

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