After reading Pia post on wondering how Silver Lake was in San Mateo, Mrs Yimster and I want to try it again after not going for a couple of years.
As I have posted before Silver Lake is Chinese comfort food, what Mon used to make at home. Something fresh and homely, while being mild that you can add salt and heat as you wanted.
As we settled down to order off the wall( in a lot of Chinese place there is menu in Chinese on the wall of what is fresh and new. These item are not on the menu) As luck would have it Pia and Phillipe walk in. Of course we asked them to join us.
After a long reading by Mrs Yimster we were able to select four dishes off the wall.
We started with a tofu goose. This was freshly fried resting on a bed of sweet and sour turnip and carrot strips. There were mince mushroom in between the crispy tofu skins. A better than avgerage in both flavor and texture. But not as good as the dish serve at the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddha's
Next in honor of Phillipe we order Bitter melon stir fried with frog. The bitter melon was not that bitter and the frog taste fresh.
I order a dish which read in Chinese Drunken Chicken with Wood Ears. Sound like something I would like. But it turn out to be something Mrs Yimster loves. Chinese women after giving brith are serve Chicken cooking in wine and Pig's feet. As my wife tells me it is one thing that makes giving brith worthwhile. I think she is pulling my leg. But that was what this dish was, very good.
The last dish was taro root stewed with roast duck. One of the way roast duck is eaten the day after is to stew it with something to get the wonderful favor of the duck with needing the skin to be crisp. The sauce was thick and creamy over rice. The duck was not that old and still had good texture but most of the favor was in the sauce.
The was savory and sweet soup on the house. I ask for both in Chinese, but I am sure that if you ask in English you will get both. The staff could speaks good English since some of the other tables spoke only English. A luck break we met Pia and Phillpe because we were able to order more dishes. They have set family menus for 4 to 10 people.