Potsticker King in Cupertino - green onion pancakes
- Nancy Acton
On a fellow foodie friend's recommendation, I recently tried the Potsticker King Chinese restaurant in Cupertino. Quite simply, they have fantastic green onion pancakes! They are hot, thin, and crispy. Not at all doughy or greasy. Salted just right and plenty of green onion pieces. Superb execution on this homestyle dish!
Elsewhere on the menu, the spicy beef noodle soup is also noteworthy. The meat consists of pretty much cubed stewed beef (I encountered only one piece of tendon) cooked to fairly good consistency unlike many restaurants versions that turn out very tough. The broth is non-greasy, with a great kick and good seasoning that isn't over the top or overpowering.
My husband had the ja4 jian4 mien4 (noodle in minced pork sauce) which I only had one bite of. Pretty good although I wasn't able to make a thorough judgement. He enjoyed it immensely.
Aside from the noodle dishes, the rest of the menu is standard neighborhood Chinese restaurant. There is a Chinese only menu with a few additional choices and a very reasonable $20 for your choice of any 3 dishes plus green onion pancakes. The dishes themselves vary somewhat in quality. It's a you have to know what to order thing. Unfortunately, I haven't been often enough to really make recommendations in this regard, other than to say that one of the dishes offered for this "meal plan" is a braised whole fish which is a good deal.
1) I am referring to the Potsticker King located off Miller/Wolfe and Stevens Creek in Cupertino, across from Vallco Fashion Park in the Gateway Country plaza. There is another location of this restaurant in Saratoga off De Anza Blvd on the corner of Prospect Rd. The quality there is not the same.
2) DON'T ORDER THE POTSTICKERS! I found this to be rather bizarre, but despite the name of the restaurant, the potstickers were basically super doughy pan-fried dumplings with non-descript filling. Not at all worth your appetite. Stick to the green onion pancakes and avoid the potstickers.