Like many on our board we are in search of the many prefect things, pot stickers, dumplings, little dragon buns, wonton, chicken feet and pig trotters.
In my never ending quest for the best Northern dumpling I was able talk our East Bay dumpling expect Jennifer Fong Kwong (you never know if you are Fong or Kwong unless you see the word in Chinese) Fish Wilson to take me the Mrs. to Shan Dong in Oakland yesterday.
Five of us had dinner. We had made arrangement for a week but I did not Han would go the day before (in his search for prefect dumpling). Otherwise we could have gone together.
We started the meal with the Shan Dong dumpling which was parboil with a doctored soy sauce. As a rule I always select the dumpling with the name of the place. Always in a Chinese place pick the dish that has the name of the place in it. This means it is the signature dish. Very nice, with a little soup inside and not over done. The skin are hand rolled and just the right thickness. The filling had pork, Napa and green cabbage.
Westlake Beef Soup, since Kurt had never had this soup we ordered it. Find that it was rich in flavor with the right amounts of beef, egg white and body. There was little or MSG since I was seeking water all night.
We then order five dishes from the five for twenty-five set menu dinner. All these dishes had fine seasoning and the taste was there, but the platters were on the small side and lack a lot of shrimps and beef.
Mongolian Beef, Spicy shrimp; Were cooked with right amount of heat and taste was good, but as the we have heard before where the beef
The Shan Dong was deep fried boneless chicken pieces with a sweet chili sauce.
Sliced fish with wine sauce; This was really good with large slices of boneless flounder (called basa in Asian stores at a really cheap price) with wood ear. Cook so the fish was not over done.
Pork with fish sauce(they had another name but in Chinese that is what it was): this the dish that I like the best and the pork and other ingredient was not cover the sauce. The combination was just right.
I will be back for the dumpling as I continue my search for the prefect dumpling. Cost for five was less than $50.00