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Luthien Sep 7, 2007 02:09 PM

My board search skills fail me. Can anyone recommend places to get jook in the south bay? I can get your standard fare at dim sum, but I'm looking for a place where I can specifically order duck and preserved egg (since I highly doubt my skills at handling lime to preserve the eggs). I've heard it referred to as congee as well and it is probably on the Chinese menu of some nearby restaurants where my character translation skills fail. There was a place I went to in some Wolfe road mall that had many choices, but the jook itself was tasteless (I like mine made with meat broth and this tasted like just water).

[edit] per kc72's explanation, I'm looking for Cantonese-style jook.

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    Rex914 Sep 17, 2007 05:16 PM

    Saigon Seafood Harbor had made some of the best jook I've had in this area, but as of late, it's been more inconsistent. If they get it right, it can be heavenly and just as good as the ones in HK, but if they mess it up (different cook?), it can be devoid of taste. The one in Richmond always got it spot on until it burned down, but the newer one in Sunnyvale has been hit or miss. :(

    JLP's jook is so-so. It can be OK at best and similar to what I described above when they mess up. It's really a shame given that their dim sum is so good, but they can fall so poorly on such a basic dish.

    Broadway Bistro's is OK. Quite consistent, but it's not going to blow you away.

    I see Dynasty mentioned, and agree that that one is pretty terrible. Then again, people eat dim sum there for convenience and comfort, not for the actual quality. We eat there too for those precise reasons and because JLP is filled by 11:00.

    - Jon

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      Alan408 Sep 9, 2007 11:40 AM

      Ocean Palace on Monterey, north of Blossom Hill has handprinted jook menus on each table, both in English and Chinese. I do not know if they sell duck/egg. I have not tried their jook, but I am happy with the other foods I have purchased there.

      281.8288

      eidt: after reading KK's response regarding dimsum/congee, OP's sister restaurant Ocean Delight serves dim sum.

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      1. re: Alan408
        Luthien Sep 9, 2007 02:55 PM

        I haven't been to Ocean Palace since their remodeling (and have seen more diverse and less Asian clientele during the remodeling). I was pretty sure that was one of the places that had the Chinese menu of jook that I couldn't read.

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          Alan408 Sep 9, 2007 06:11 PM

          One side is Chinese, one side English.

          1. re: Alan408
            Luthien Sep 9, 2007 07:55 PM

            At the time I was attempting to translate, it was a chalkboard out front. No English side. ;)

      2. K K Sep 9, 2007 01:14 AM

        Preserved egg is typically served with minced pork in congee (pei dan sau yuk jook). Most restaurants that do serve jook may accomodate a custom request of roast duck and preserved egg congee, if that's what you are referring to, but likely will just take the base congee and add the two "toppings" to it.

        For the South Bay, I would say dim sum restaurants might offer the better (but pricier) bowl of congee, although you may end up with less selection and variety of toppings/ingredients choices. I had an excellent fish congee at the Joy Luck Place in San Mateo. For the South Bay, try Dynasty or Joy Luck Place dim sum restaurant (both in Cupertino).

        Other places I know of that offer congee on the menu:

        Broadway Bistro in Cupertino, although the portion might be smaller at a higher price.

        Chez Mayflower in Milpitas Square (not 100% certain, it has been a while since I last went).

        Good congee can be made at home quite easily in a rice cooker, though you may need to cook it for 4+ hours for best consistency. Very easy if the rice cooker is electronic, new, and has a congee setting (usually default is not enough time...)

        .

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        1. re: K K
          K K Sep 9, 2007 04:13 PM

          Had lunch at Dynasty today and got an order of their beef congee, which fed 5.
          The beef was custom order, but available as a choice by the waiter. The other option was from the push cart, pei dan sau yuk jook.

          As far as the beef congee:

          - watery, not much flavor
          - beef was sliced a bit too big

          Didn't see how much they charged, but I no longer recommend congee at Dynasty in Cupertino. :-/

          1. re: K K
            Luthien Sep 9, 2007 05:06 PM

            I liked their standard jook at Dynasty in San Jose, but it's been a year since I've had it (and didn't know you could custom order options) and they definitely didn't have the pei dan on the carts.

          2. re: K K
            K K Sep 10, 2007 01:14 PM

            Top Cafe has congee too.

            None of the places I've mentioned is going to have the quality like that of Hing Lung in SF Chinatown, but I suppose better than nothing in the South Bay.

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            Top Cafe
            650 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035

            Joy Luck Place
            10911 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

            Broadway Bistro
            1072 S De Anza Blvd Ste B103, San Jose, CA 95129

            Top Cafe
            1075 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129

            Chez Mayflower
            416 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035

          3. yimster Sep 8, 2007 08:21 PM

            Here is a old stand by for Cantonese style jook in the area.
            New East Lake Chinese Seafood
            61 Serra Way
            (408) 263-9388
            Milpitas, CA

            It has been four ear since I have eaten there but it was the best when I work in the area.

            But after reading this post I cooked a very small pot (just enough for the three of us for dinner) of dried fish and peanut jook for dinner today. I was lucky enough to score some fresh fried Chinese donuts.

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            1. re: yimster
              K K Sep 9, 2007 01:16 AM

              Adding a layer of fu yu (thin tofu skin) on top and letting that cook till it melts, apparently yields an overall creamier texture. Gingko nuts are also a nice touch once in a while for me.

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                Rex914 Sep 17, 2007 05:11 PM

                They changed hands 1-2 years ago, and the food is no longer the same at all.

                - Jon

              2. RWCFoodie Sep 7, 2007 03:54 PM

                I'm sure there must be many more places in the South Bay for jook/congee/porridge - I've had the pork/preserved egg version at Joy Luck in Cupertino and I thought it was good (I am by no means an authority on the subjetc) it's in the small part of the restaurant in the back, not the fancy dim sum part in the front.

                I did a quick search on sporq.com and found a place in San Jose that is a combo of Vietnamese and Chinese - I've never been but they have what you're looking for on their menu: Kim Tar Restaurant, 1698 Hostetter Rd., #J, San Jose 95131 - hours M-F 10:30 am - Midnight, Sat & Sun 0:30 am - Midnight. Phone 408-453-2006

                All this said, it's pretty easy to buy the preseved eggs at 99 Ranch, Lion Super, or any of the other Asian supermarkets in the South Bay and make your own! Check the Homecooking board: I know there have been several threads over the years on making jook...

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                1. re: RWCFoodie
                  Luthien Sep 7, 2007 04:15 PM

                  I can make my own with the duck, no problem. It's that tasty egg that I crave with it. Sadly, I don't know enough about the egg to know if I'd be buying "good" ones in a market and in those markets, you really need to have an idea on what is fresh and what is spoiled. However, sounds like I can get them canned... will probably look into that.

                  The previous recipes for making "pei dan" (pi dan?) involve lye. Not sure I want to go there. I can just see myself either injesting lye or raw egg.

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                  Kim Tar Restaurant
                  1698 Hostetter Rd, San Jose, CA 95131

                  Joy Luck Place
                  10911 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

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                    al88 Sep 7, 2007 05:09 PM

                    Joy Luck Place (the cafe side, not the large dim sum restaurant) has very good jook. If you're just looking for an egg source for your own jook, go to 99 Ranch. They sell the preserved eggs by the 6 pack for a few bucks.

                    --A

                    1. re: Luthien
                      RWCFoodie Sep 7, 2007 06:15 PM

                      I guess I've just had extra good luck: never gotten a bad batch of preserved eggs although I've heard that it happens - they can be dried out like little rotten rubber balls!

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                    kc72 Sep 7, 2007 02:37 PM

                    The place you went to inside the Wolfe/Homestead mall did not serve Cantonese-style jook -- it was the Taiwanese version. It sometimes has a sweet potato/yam in it and it's flavor is supposed to come from it's accompanying side dishes.

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