Today just becaise we had a quick need for some congee and some nice hot Chinese food in the Peninsula on a cold and wet day we finally stopped at Lucky Buddha in San Carlos. I have been told a few times about this place by some hounds and non hounds that we need to try this, but never had the time to go before today. I may have read about it here too. But I try to search it out but did not find it.
We were able to order a double order of Minced Beef Congee. It was rich and full of flavor because they had a rich base congee.
We then had three type of fried breads. The normal fried doughnut, the fried beef tongue and fried Shanghai style sliver thread bread. All the breads were fresh fried and serve hot. I think the only the sliver thread was frozen while the other two were house made. These bread order were one of high points of the meal.
Then we ordered three Chinese white broad specials (written in Chinese) on wall.
Hot pot braised mutton, very well done just the right mix of tofu skin, shitake mushroom, lettuce. We were also given a small dish of bean curd paste that normally coming with this dish. The meat was tender but still had a little bite. I like the way it was served on a rack over a small flame.
Clams with black beans in a chili sauce. Just the right amount of heat.
Stir fry large pea sprouts. Tender sprouts with just cooked to that it still had body.
What we did not have was a medium size steamed in winter melon soup which would serve 6 to 8 people. Price $30.00. I will be back to give it a try. Also while were there they got a supply of live seafood. They had about twenty items on the Chinese specials which I will not bother to post because these boards change on a daily basis. I think that this is a nice addition in the Redwood City San Carlos area which in the past has lack these types of places. We need to go either north or south to get good Chinese food.
I found the staff freindly and helpful and willing to make changes on size of dishes. The Lady who took our order offer to let me order a one and half order of the minced beef congee which is normal for Chinatown but not so normal out of it. I am sure that the staff would translet the board menu for those who can not read Chinese.
1050 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA
650 551 1388