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Yung Le's Fusion, San Jose, a winner in a strip mall

Judith Hurley | Mar 3, 200312:42 PM

Friends introduced us last night to Yung Le's Fusion on Winchester in San Jose. Yung Le does what Strait's and E&O would like do to, with a lot more personal charm and at a third the price. So this is yet another find tucked away in an unlikely strip mall (see the link for address and directions)

We started with home-made pot-stickers and off-beat egg-roll samosas that tasted Indian and looked Chinese. Then we had the fusion salad . . . jicama, red cabbage, carrots, basil, mint, cilantro and peanuts, garnished with red grapefruit and dressed, remarkably, without any oil. The salad alone is worth the trip.

For our entrees we chose lamb and spinach saag, bali chicken and eggplant with tofu. Everything was delicious. The chicken came with cumin rice. Usually flavored rices are over-rated and don't taste much different from plain steamed rice, but here that isn't the case. The rice was fragrant and cumin-y, and went perfectly with the chicken. The eggplant tofu was on the sweet side, but a good complement to the rest, note that you've got to like fried on this one.

We had tickets to a concert, and couldn't stick around for the mango souffle or the chocolate decadence, but we're definitely planning another trip . . . at $18 each including a Tsingtao apiece, we figure we can do this often, and we're looking forward to it.


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