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Jul 13, 2006 10:28 PM

Good Chinese in San Carlos or Redwood City?

I just recently moved to San Carlos. Even though I'm a Bay Area Chinese American native, I can't find a good Chinese restaurant in San Carlos. There are like 6 chinese places in the area but they always look empty and dirty to me. I know there are great places in Millbrae (Shanghai Dumpling House, Hong Kong Flower Lounge), Foster City (ie ABC Seafood or Joy), San Mateo (ie Happy Cafe) and Cupertino (Ranch 99 complex). But are there any in San Carlos or Redwood City?


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  1. Lucky Buddha in San Carlos (El Camino and near x street probably Brittan) for very good Cantonese and Macau style Cantonese (chef is from Macau) and there are some decent Northern Chinese style dishes as well.

    1. How about Belmont? I haven't tried China Village in Belmont yet myself, but here's a link to a recent discussion.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I live in Belmont and have tried many Chinese restaurants around Belmont and San Carlos mostly for take-out. So far, China Village is probably the most authentic Chinese restaurant in the area. All the other places we tried have almost every dish made with "brown sauce." China Village makes a great red braised tofu made from fresh, soft (silken-like) tofu, whereas most places make it with the firm and oftentimes not so fresh tofu. They also make a good soy sauce noodle with yellow chives, a dish you won't find in the other surrounding Chinese restaurants. Was told they have a Chinese menu at the restaurant that have many dishes not listed on the regular take-out menu. They serve dim sum day and night (pricier at night), and my husband tells me it's pretty good.

        1. re: soysoy

          Now you know how to order! Those are two "simple" dishes where the texture and getting the seasoning into the right balance is absolutely critical. Thanks for the recs --- good to see you here.

      2. Thanks for such a quick response. The leads look promising. I just saw the menu for China Village and that definitely looks authentic and nicer than the others in the area.

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        1. re: cplin1

          Please be sure to let know what you think about these places. There is a bit of a "hole" in Chinese dining in the immediate area and we need to keep these places on the chow-dar.

          Here's KK's previous post on Lucky Buddha. There's more if you search.

          China Village website -

            1. re: beer786

              I like to know why you say that. We have not been for a couple of years. But they have some signature dishes that were excellent.

            2. re: Melanie Wong

              I tried China Village recently with my boyfriend. He doesn't want to go back there. It was authentic Chinese food, but the ambiance was like a 1970s motel with torn up seats. The food wasn't outstanding like those in Millbrae or Cupertino. Sigh!

              Actually we find ourselves heading to downtown San Mateo for some great Chinese and overall Asian food. I like Joy Luck Place in San Mateo and there are tons of great Japanese restaurants--most recently we tried Joy Restaurant for sushi and found this area to have better quality and prices than San Carlos/Belmont.

              1. re: cplin1

                Yes, I'd agree with you on China Village. We had lunch there a few months ago.

                San Mateo does have a bounty of Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Friday we were in Belmont, drove up to San Mateo for dinner, then doubled back south for the drive home. Worth the distance though and not that bad on El Camino even on Friday night.

          1. i would agree about lucky buddha not being good, nor is amazing wok just an fyi....I will keep checking back though since I also have been on the mission for good local chinese.

            1. Does Hunan Homes still have a San Carlos branch? Their SF Chinatown branch has a hit-and-miss menu with some good offerings if you get beyond the American-Chinese Golden Oldies on it.

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              1. re: Gary Soup

                The Human Homes has a branch in Palo Alto, but I have never seen a branch in San Carlos. We have lived in the area for over twenty five years. We would have been there a lot since we like that style of food.

                1. re: yimster

                  My mistake. Actually it's Los Altos, according to the HH website.


                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    You are right it is in Los Altos my bad, it is one block of the corner where Mountain View, Palo Alto and Los Altos come together. Never remember which city anything is just remember if the food is good and how to get thee