Shepherd's Purse Pancakes At Oriental Cuisine in San Jose
Something I haven't seen before is the Pork Shepherd's Purse Pancakes at Oriental Cuisine in San Jose. (Oriental Cuisine is the name on the business card-its true name might be Oriental Gourmet Chinese Restaurant.) Address is 1646 S. DeAnza Bl., next to (not inside) the food court. They have Shepherd's Purse dumplings and wonton, but the pancake was particularly interesting. Basically it was a pocket shaped exactly like a letter sized envelope, complete with backside envelope folds, deep fried until crispy. (You can see from the poor resolution picture how the "flap" doesn't show any Shepherd's Purse filling.) Curious if something like this is available anywhere else.
I did poke my head in the door yesterday (sunday) at about 5:45pm. No customers in the house. The cook said that they've been there for 3 1/2 years and specialize in Shanghai style. I picked up a take-out menu, which lists the dishes available for 3/$19.95. But then I headed a few doors down to get my Sogo Tofu fix.
I stopped there yesterday for lunch. Again, the place was completely empty at 1pm. Two take-out customers stopped by.
I had the stir-fried Shanghainese rice cakes with pork and shepherd's purse, shown here, $6.95,
A competent job with a good chewy texture to the rice cake ovals, decent knifework on the pork slivers, and a lot of shepherd's purse.