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Hana - San Jose

Wendy-san | Apr 24, 200512:52 AM

We got to try Hana tonight. It's near Tomi Sushi and the Do Henkotsu Ramen shop in the same shopping center as the big Mitsuwa Japanese supermarket. The decor is simple and stylish. There are six tables and about eight seats at the counter.

The menu isn't big and mainly concentrates on Japanese takes on Chinese dumplings and other Chinese dishes. My Japanese husband has been searching far and wide for the butaman (or nikuman) pork buns he ate as a child in Osaka and he finally found them here. They passed his taste test and I liked them too. They are about as big as a pear, with a nice bready wrapper and pork filling. You dip them in soy sauce and fresh minced garlic.

We also had small bowls of soup (pork and vegetable), boiled dumplings/potstickers (sui gyoza), which I've had before at Little Beijing in San Francisco, and a green onion "pancake" or more like a pizza, which I've had at Isalmic-style Chinese restaurants. Mapo tofu is also on the menu as well as yaki (fried) gyoza.

Even though you can get entrees of gyoza and mapo tofu that come with soup, rice and salad, it seems more like a snack shop as far as the amounts of food. I like to eat a lot so I was still a little hungry. :-) I wish they had a little bit more on the menu. While we were there, the lady was kneading the bread dough in full view of the customers.

For two of us it was $30 before tip and including three draft Sapporo beers. Wasn't crowded around 6:00 but I'm sure that will change. They also sell frozen gyoza and everything is available for take-out.

4320 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose
Closed Monday


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