Dessert Republic - San Mateo
Has anyone been to Dessert Republic in downtown San Mateo? Sounds really intriguing from today's review in the 96 Hours part of the SF Chronicle. They offer dim sum, rice and noodle plates, and Hong Kong-style desserts in a faux outdoor Hong Kong street stall setting.
Here's a link to the article: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...
I had dessert there the other night. The egg puffs were warm, light and yummy. The mango juice bubble tea was very good -- more mango-y flavor and not as sickly sweet as some bubble teas. We also had coconut cakes, which I didn't like as much -- they were sweet dumplings with a coconut filling. The filling was nice, but the dumpling part was too gooey. We also had a sweet dessert called plum cakes or plum dumplings or plum something, anyway. They looked beautiful -- just like plums -- but they tasted like ordinary sweet bean paste cakes.
While they don't replicate the Hong Kong street food snack experience from the 70s and 80s to a T, they've done a decent effort nonetheless with the interior and menu offerings.
They have an expanded menu and also offer ice cream, crepes I believe, and of course the egg waffles/eggettes which are not quite as good as Eggettes in SSF but way better than Breaktime in Cupertino and Bubble Act in Milpitas.
The rice rolls/banh cuon/plain cheung fun with dried shrimp are likely the same kind from the Chinese supermarkets, though they steam it well and include at least the hoisin and peanut sauce with sesame seeds (these sauces and condiments are a must for this snack dish, which was how it was served even back in the 70s/80s in Hong Kong off the street/push cart vendors). Decent rendition, not the same original experience, but satisfying.
DR's offerings would make even better movie snack fare for the multiplex mere feet away, as opposed to the m&m's, popcorn, icee, diluted machine coke etc.