Monday night’s dinner in the Tri-Valley was at YuYu in Dublin. This is the sister restaurant to Chef Yu's in Oakland. We were surprised to find it nearly completely full at 7pm, pretty good business for the start of the week. The servers chatted in Mandarin and Cantonese with many of the patrons. As I started to page through the menu, my friend said, “all the way to the back”, where I found the Korean Chinese menu on the last page.
Service is quick here. Servings of chunjang (black bean paste), pieces of raw onion, and danmuji (yellow-colored pickled daikon), the typical offerings at Korean Chinese restaurants were plunked down right away. And, very soon after that our three dishes appeared.
#8 Poached dumplings (shui jiao), 12/$6.95 – Pork and savory veggie filling in machine-made wrappers. Nothing wrong with them, but I’d rather use my calories on hand-made dumplings.
#14 Gan poong chicken (gan pong ji), $11.95 – I gulped at the price, however, this turned out to be a larger than normal serving size to match. Even though the menu item is starred for “hot & spicy” and this had some slices of fresh jalapeño pepper, the spice level was quite subdued. I was expecting some red dried chili heat as well. In any case, the dark meat boneless chicken pieces were well-marinated as evidenced by the juiciness, and fried nicely with a crunchy batter. The saucing was a little too thick, but had a good tanginess to balance the sweetness. The frozen peas and carrots were weird.
#5 Gan za zang (gan zha jiang mian), $7.45 – The best dish we tried. The housemade, handpulled noodles were very high quality with a good “Q” and silky mouthfeel. The black bean sauce was quite plain studded with lots of onions and bits of beef. No cucumber, zucchini, carrots, sea cucumber or other adornments. The noodles themselves are great though and I’d go for the zam pong (chao ma mian) next time to let them shine.
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