Today nine ‘hounds gathered at Nutrition House ( www.5bing2yu.com ) in Milpitas Square for a look at the cooking of Dongbei, China’s Northeast. When this place first opened a few years ago, it made claim to be the first Dongbei cuisine restaurant in the area. It’s changed hands several times but the Chinese name, 五餅二魚 (5 Bing 2 Yu), a reference to Jesus Christ’s miracle of the five loaves and two fishes, has stuck.
This chowdown was a little unusual in that the majority of us (six of nine) were of Chinese descent. We did a quick geographic check around the table, and, alas, no one hails from Dongbei. This cuisine was foreign to all of us. The menu here is enormous, approaching 400 items, and the set menu for 12 people for $128 looked tempting just for expediency. However, my co-host, “tanspace”, soldiered on and in consultation with the waitstaff and a few suggestions from attendees ordered the following:
A1. Northern style bean sheets pork egg & cucumber, $9.95
A9. Gallic (sic) sauce pig feet meat, $9.95
B6. Northeast style intestines, $7.95
B12.Northeast style kidney, $7.95
B15.Slice pork with red mushroom & potato, $8.95
D1. Camin (sic) seed lamb sizzling plate, $9.95
E1. Chicken with mushroom in pot with cake, $9.95
E12.Mao style pork hot pot with cake, $9.95
F1. (Belt) Fish with brown sauce, $9.95
G4. Chili fish, $8.95
J9. Pork soured napa soup, $12.95 (large)
H2. Yam with sugar, $6.95
Per person cost including tax and tip was $16.
Let the discussion begin -- esteemed lunch companions, please report your reactions, favorites, and pans.
496 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035