Saturday, I went to check out the popular new dumpling restaurant in Cupertino village, HC Dumpling House. I had heard the lines would be long and at 6:30pm, there was a huge crowd waiting outside already. With 3 people, our wait ended up being about 40min. We killed the time by shopping at the bakery, Japanese candy store, and the gift stores nearby.
Like many others on this board, Im obsessed w/ dumplings and Im always on the hunt for some good places in the south and east bay. Ive yet to try any in the city.
We ended up ordering the famous crab xlb (7.95), steamed veggie dumpling (6.95), green onion pancake (2.95), fish fillet w/ snow (8.95), another popular dish- the braised tung-po pork (12.95), and a spinach veggie (6.95) dish.
Everything was served pretty quickly. The fish came out first. It had fillet pieces stir-fryed with snow cabbage in a thick cornstarch sauce. Im not sure what type of fish it was, but the meat was very tender. We all really enjoyed this dish. The green onion pancake was very thin and served with hoisin sauce. I didnt really like it as I found it too bland. I couldnt taste the saltiness of the green onions at all. One good thing was that it wasnt greasy. We all liked the spinach, which was cooked lightly w/ just garlic. It was a nice side dish to go w/ all the food.
Now to the main dishes: the crab xlb arrived with 8 small dumplings. I thought they tasted good, but honestly nothing special. I couldnt distinguish the crab/ roe and if I hadnt seen the orange insides, I mightve thought I was eating a regular xlb. The soup was very rich, a bit oily for my taste, but my dining companions really enjoyed this dish and fought over the last ones. I preferred the steamed veggie dumplings (also 8), which were filled with finely diced snow cabbage and mushrooms. I think some people might find this a bit bland, but I really liked the light flavors. The braised pork dish took the longest to arrive but it was very tasty. It came in a small deep dish bowl, the fat layer glistening over the tender meat. This is not for the diet-sensitive person! Theres actually very little meat- majority of it was the fat. They served us large folded man-tohs to wrap the meat in (they were a bit too thick and didnt have the subtle sweetness that I like). I liked this dish, but not nearly as much as my friends who, after the man-tohs were gone, poured the remaining sauce over their rice and devoured it all (that is the best part, of course).
I really enjoyed this place and will be back to try the tsai-fan vegetable rice and the snow cabbage rice cakes, which I saw on many tables. Oh, and the place is decorated quite nice. I had expected it to be a hole-in-the-wall place but they even have seat covers here. You could def. bring your boss here.
Total came out to be around $50 (btw, they charge $1 per rice bowl). Noticed that when we finished around 8:30, the place was still packed but there was hardly any wait. They're open everyday except Tuesdays.
Hu-Chiang (HC) Dumpling House
10877 N. Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014