This is the last report of Bay Areas Dim Sum Civil War. Fourteen Dim Sum lovers gathered to take part in the Souths teams last offering. This teahouse was selected because it was one of the few places that offer both Cantonese dim sum as well as Shanghai and Taiwanese little snacks.
The har gaw (shrimp dumplings), sai mai (pork dumplings), shrimp rice noodle were all of good quality but nothing to read home about. I think after all the dim sum that the teams have eaten we are all now really picky.
The steamed pork ribs were not tender and lack flavor and chicken feet were very tender but lack flavor also.
Now for the high points:
Egg custard tarts: They were made with puff pastry small in size (about one bite) not overly sweet or too rich. If they were hot they would have been just about prefect. Could be compare to the ones from Golden Gate Bakery in San Francisco (close but not as good).
Taro root fried balls: These were the best presentation of any I have seen in while. They were not greasy and golden brown. The filling was good but is if it had more flavor this too would be a 10.
Turnip cakes: They were freshly fried and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I could feel the texture of the fresh turnip on the inside but the could not really taste them.
Now for the two dishes that were selected by the South team to show off he skill of this teahouse.
Hand pulled noodles with a beef stew soup. If you have not had hand pulled then this is a treat that you must enjoy. Since they are made by pull not press by a machine the texture is light and chewy, not dense. The broth was rich and the beef stew was tender.
Taiwanese Hangtown Fry, this was oyster omelet which was done well. The eggs and filling was fully cooked without oyster being overcooked. You had to be there to try this dish when it was hot.
Now both teams will meet and total the score sheets and a winner will be posted. I want GG in Boston to know this civil war was started by you because you would not pick a winner. Now you need to come again and try the winner.
What the members of both teams got was that we have become more knowledgeable about dim sum and have now have a large data base of good places dim sum teahouses in the Bay Area. I for one will not being going out to dim sum in a while. Mrs. Yimster says this is because I do not want to go out with the outlaws. Not true I just want to eat other things like a good hamburger.
1146 South De Anza Blvd
San Jose, CA
408 257 8877