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Happy Cafe in San Mateo, Shanghai food.

Yimster | Jan 7, 2003 09:40 PM

This past Sunday, three of us on the a spur of the moment tried a little hole in the wall called the Happy Café on B Street in San Mateo. Last month while wait for a Christmas party we arrived early and we noticed this small little café in San Mateo. There was a line out the door and people wait were all speak Chinese during a rainstorm.

So my wife and RWCfoodie and I arrive at 11:30 or so and go the last open table. After that there was a waiting list posted at the door.

We started with savory and sweet soybean milk. It was good but not as good as Joy which I posted early about.

We had fried bread and pan-fried bread with a beef filling. We add the fried bread into the “Chinese Hamburger”(as it was listed on the menu). Again very good, but not he best I have had. But so far everything was good.

We then had a what I have been told are Chinese small snacks (Northern Dim Sum, where are you now to correct me Pam Pam)

Pork Kidney in a light soy and wine sauce with ginger and green onion. Very good, clean crisp taste with just the right amount of favoring.

Five Spice Beef tripe. Outstanding. RWCfoodie had not had either dish before and was very impress with both. She said that she would order both again were sorry that she did not take an order to go of beef tripe. The tripe was slice so thin that it did not look like tripe.

Then came the best dish of the meal. XLB’s as you may have already read in our board we have had some really good XLB’s in the past few weeks. The best to date are the ones at Su Hong’s in Palo Alto because of the crabmeat, where give it the best favor. But now with a standard filling this is the best, there was so much soup within the dumpling that you could see the soup move when you pick it up. The XLB at Su Hong was a lot, but I think this one had twice as much. They did not break and the topknot was not tough. Maybe Gary Soup should travel to San Mateo and he may find a XLB more like the one he found in Shanghai. I know when my uncle comes to visit me from Canada I will take him there since he live in Shanghai for thirty years.

The Shanghai noodle were another treat thick noodles with a just the right amount of sauce and with a lot “breath of the wok” which required that I move the noodles around before serving. The noodles even tasted better when cold.

We finish with cold chicken in house dressing. The chicken was done but not dried out. The sauce was again flavorful but not overpowering.

With a good tip the cost was $12.00 each. I will be back. The only drawback is that is seating only 20 or so.

Happy Cafe
250 B Street
San Mateo.

Close for dinner on Sunday and Monday nights and all day Tuesday.

Go early or you will have to wait. Next time two order of XLB's.

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