the south bay asian resto scene is too fast and non-transparent for me to really get a grip on, which is a great pity since non-cantonese chinese food is generally better there than anywhere else. but thankfully my dad lives in fremont, and takes me to a few of these places (and translates the menu).
a couple months ago it was a strip mall gem on fremont blvd. a little south of stevenson. tasty cheap homestyle fare, authentic, good, and crowded. solid basic dinner place.
last week it was a newish place called Q in the back corner of the mall on newark blvd just south of hwy 84. we were there for northern style brunch, including:
potstickers - taiwanese street vendor style. long, fingerlike, open-ended, and extra crispy. nice crunchy texture wrapped around moist rich core.
long-strand coiled toasted dough things (sorry). i'm a doughboy, and can't resist such stuff. they are tender, chewey, moist and stringy on the inside, crispy on the outside.
fragrant beef sandwiches, garlic pork mini-turnovers, hsiao long bao, and lamb chow mein were also good (though the noodles were not in the class of fatima or china village).
only complaint, the salty soy milk soup wasn't served hot or spicy enough for me.