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My wife and I just ate at Shanghai Taste Delight, in Mtn View. We stumbled upon the "crab meat and silk gourd" (xie rou si gua) on the daily specials Secret Menu, and what a find! The silk gourd was amazingly tender & sweet. I don't know if the crab was local dungeness or something out of a can, but that's beside the point: it was an amazingly simple and tasty dish.

I've always been a fan of Shanghai Taste Delight. The staff is consistently friendly, and there's something about the space which fools a person into thinking they're dining in a little mom'n'pop restaurant somewhere in China.

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Shanghai Taste Delight
855 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

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  1. Is the daily specials secret menu translated into English? And, if not, are there English speakers in the restaurant who would be willing to translate the items on the menu for those of us who love the food, but don't speak or read the language?

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    1. re: Nancy Berry

      I don't know about the daily menu, but here's my translation-in-progress of their fixed secret menu. I'm working off an old copy, but I don't think it's changed much, if at all.

      http://www.robertyu.com/wikiperdido/S...

      The people who work there are pretty friendly and probably speak at least a bit of english. I imagine they would be willing to accommodate a non-Chinese-speaking foodie.

      1. re: snewdl

        Thanks again, Robert. I know very little Chinese, but know a bit about the cuisine of the area, so here are a couple of comments:

        #3 (top) Fen pi is a flat noodle made from mung bean starch (not to be confused with fen si):

        http://upload.cnd.org/uploads/dir3/Li...

        #2 (middle) : Zheng JIang is Chinkiang, of vinegar fame, in Jiangu province, not Chungking, and "Jing Du" is a cooking style. It's probably a sweet and sour or sweet and spicy braised pork dish.

        #8 (middle) in the Shanghai vicinity, "bai cai" means napa cabbage (which would make more sense here), not "bok choy"

        #5 (bottom) "bai ye jie" = tofu sheet knots, as in the picture below, not tripe!

        http://p5.p.pixnet.net/albums/userpic...

        1. re: Gary Soup

          thanks! Do you happen to know how to translates the "braised water skiier" (hong2 shao1 hua2 shui3) ?

          1. re: snewdl

            I couldn't find a tranlation per se, though image searches on Google and Baidu suggest that it might be skate (fish) or other edible ray:

            http://tinyurl.com/2cyecd

    2. Next time definitely try the fen pi. Its really good with great wok aroma. Also try their ma la tang. It is a spicy dish of tofu with beef - pretty tasty most of the time. I have been going to this place for a long time now - food is pretty good but not that constant. But I go back everytime just to see if they things are better and sometimes they are sometimes not. Definitely a great neighborhood place.