In the mood for Shanghai food around Stanford I did a search on Google and came up with Shanghai Flavor shop. Intrigued there were no reviews on Chowhound (however thanks to Melanie for posting a menu http://static.flickr.com/77/230676340... )I grabbed a friend and ventured down. Located in a strip mall in Sunnyvale, Shanghai Flavor shop has a simple but clean interior, as I entered I heard familiar sounds of people speaking Shanghainese. Washroom was relatively clean for this type of restaurant.
Pork Fried Buns (Shan Jean Bao, phonetically Cantonese)
-This is the best tasting Shan Jean Bao I've had outside of Shanghai, the dumpling is pan fried crisp on the outside with a wonderfully soft layer just underneath. Inside is a good meat portion surrounded by a juicy broth. Be careful not to scald yourself as you bite down, my shirt was a victim of the broth squirting out. 6 out of the 6 buns were filled with juice. I couldn't resist ordering a second helping, again 6 out of 6 buns filled with soup.
Steamed Pork Bun (Shao Lung Bao, phonetically Cantonese)
-Steamed with a slice of carrot underneath. Nothing special, only 2 out of the 8 dumplings had juice.
Wonton Soup (Pork)
-A soup with 10-12 mini wontons. Simple clear chicken broth soup with nice simple small wontons, the wrappers had a good texture not over boiled at all, a good dish.
Baked Raddish Cake
-Two baked buns with raddish shreds inside. Great layered crispy outside. One of the best I've had in the bay area.
Curry Beef Noodle Soup
-Skip, just some curry in chicken stock with bean noodles.
Shredded Pork and Noodle with Green Onion Sauce
-Good noodle cooked perfectly al dante, not much shredded pork. Overall a very shanghai style dish, although a little oily.
I highly recommend this place for the Pork Fried Buns!!!
I also noticed a "Fish and Chips" shop two doors down that serves Taiwanese food, any reports on that?
Shanghai Flavor Shop
888 Old San Francisco Rd.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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