Excellent find at this 2 month old dumpling house in Cupertino Village. The crowd outside was tense and restless, a very good sign indeed. I was told it was even more wild a wait for dinner. Sorry no reservations but you can call ahead to get a number.
What's the fuss all about? Outstanding steamed dumplings including three varieties of soup dumplings.
The pre-dumpling food was also really good. We had minced tofu and spinach salad that was dressed with a very light touch of sesame oil. The ingredients loked fresh and had a very light mouthfeel. The beef and green onion roll was wrapped in what looked like (but did not taste like) grilled lavash. The thinly sliced beef, cucumber and grilled green onion were wrapped tightly and had a subtle, layered flavor.
And so we come to the dumplings. The pork and cabbage numbers were delicately skinned, with very flavorful minced prok and thin ribbons of yellowish cabbage. The folds of the dumpling were artful and they were served in bamboo steamers, piping hot. The kitchen is running full bore so it takes very little time to get your food. The soup dumplings with crab were pretty much mind blowing. The broth was rich and luxurious. The crab was sweet and tender and melded very well with the broth.
I am pretty sure that this place has all the ingredients to become a future Chowhound hotspot.
Hu-Chiang Dumpling House
10877 N. Wolfe Road