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Apr 18, 2007 11:32 AM

Chinese recs for South Bay -

I have't been down to the South Bay for Chinese food in a while, so don't know if there are some good, new restaurants that are recommended.

I'm taking my parents and friends, but my friend's mom's stomach is a little sensitive, so I'm guessing no Szechuan or spicy places. Just good Chinese food.


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  1. I don't know about new, but Saigon Hong Kong on Lawrence (north of 101) is reincarnated for the better, as has the former Sam Kee on Homestead and Wolfe in S'vale (I don't know its new name).

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    1. re: Claudette

      I've had dim sum lunch at Pan Tao (fka Sam Kee), the mango pudding is very good.

      Happier with dim sum at Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor in Sunnyvale than dinner.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        How is Pan Tao for dinner? I vaguely remember Sam Kee, and it looks like Pan Tao has been there for couple of years -

        1. re: sandrachang

          Since you seem to be looking for Cantonese, here's another thread with a few suggestions.

          1. re: sandrachang

            Pan Tao is decent Cantonese if you like there set Wo Choy dinner. Or see what they have on the daily specials I do not remember a white board but you and speak to the wait staff.

            Not too spicy and should not upset any stomachs.

            Not as busy/loud as Saigon a nicer slower pace. Decent live seafood if you have the time to check live tanks. I remember live tanks but it has been about a year since I ate there.

            Not wow but a nice place with kids.

        2. re: Claudette

          If your mom has a sensitive stomach, I'd recommend Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor. Most of the food is quite mild. Too mild, if you ask me, but it might be perfect for those whose palates are more inclined towards Cantonese flavors.

        3. you may want to check out the restaurants in milpitas by mccarthy ranch.. they havea mayflower there... and it's always packed... there's also ming's in palo alto which is good for special ocassion chinese food.. and i've heard about some place called dragon flower or something in the southbay that is very popular for wedding banquets.. the name escapes me... sorry....

          also are you looking for "authentic" chinese food as opposed to asian inspired american chinese food (e.g. trader vic's or pf changs?)

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          1. re: kinipela

            Authentic Chinese food - we are all chinese, so god forbid I take my parents to american chinese food -
            Oh just to throw a wench into it all - we have 2 infants too in the mix, so small, crowded places might be a problem.

              1. re: sandrachang

                hahahahah i love it.. i did a little bit of research and came up with dynasty seafood... it sounds familiar, but i'm not sure if the restaurant i'm thinking of is dragon flower something, or dynasty.... i read a few reviews and i think it may be dynasty where my friends have been to wedding banquets and liked it there....

                1. re: kinipela

                  Darda is good for family dinner (very loud place so kids should fit right in). But it is northern style so expect to eat lots of sesame bread and knife-cut noodles - one of the best for it.

                  Dynasty is HK/Cantonese but is more banquet style so very high-end and expensive ingredients = expensive price for what you get. They have 10 people set dinners from around $200~$600 range.

                  One place that is seldom mentioned but has both authentic and Americanized Chinese is Hong Fu in Cupertino on Stevens Creek & De Anza across from Marina foods. Also on the higher price side but some of their dishes on the Chinese menu are quite good such as their Xiao Chao (stir-fried plates) dishes.


                  1. re: tanspace

                    Thanks everyone for their recs - I narrowed it down to Darda, Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor, and Pan Tao - I made reservations at HKSSH, since location wise - it seems to be centrally located to everyone, plus I have eaten there for dinner and dim sum, and it seems to be pretty good.


                    1. re: sandrachang

                      I'll mention that Pan Tao has a very small parking lot and street parking is pretty limited nearby, if this is an issue.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        We ended up at HKSSH last night - I think everyone was happy - I was a little irked that they didn't have a smaller 'wor choy' set menus - the smallest they had was $218 for 10 people.

                        We ended up getting 7 dishes and 1 soup - the soup was their double boiled soup - it was soybeans with pork and chicken, and it was delicious!

                        My mom and my friend's mom picked the dishes:
                        Lemon chicken - not my choice, but it was okay, very lemony
                        Beef and snap peas in XO sauce - the beef was very tender and flavorful - one of the better dishes.
                        Stirfried pea shoots? It was a green vege dish, stir fried with garlic
                        Steamed tofu with seafood - the only non-oily dish, but it was a little bland.
                        Salted fish, chicken, tofu clay pot - this was also a little bland for my taste - this is one of my father's favorite dishes, and we both agreed that the best restaurant for this dish is Grand Carousel in SF.
                        Seafood with vegetables - there were shrimp, scallops, and calamari stir fried with snap peas, carrots, and celery and onions. Nothing exciting.
                        Lotus leaves with corn - not sure what this was called, but it was with fresh lotus leaves(?) - entirely vegetarian, but a little oily.

                        At the end, they gave hot, red bean soup, which was nice and not too sweet -

                        The whole dinner was ~$100, so it wasn't too bad, plus there were leftovers to take home.

                        I saw other tables with different variations of crab. Has anyone tried them?