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May 10, 2010 09:20 PM

Cooking Papa Restaurant (HK-style food), Santa Clara

I haven't tried it yet, just want to read what others have tried so far. It's pretty new I think. Lots of mixed reviews on Yelp. Reports anyone?

Cooking Papa Restaurant
2830 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 247-3748
Hours: 11-3pm, 5-10pm (7 days a week)

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  1. The food is good enough so that it's mobbed all the time. Traditional Cantonese dishes - some which I haven't seen since my mom stopped making them decades ago. Bring ear plugs.

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    1. re: Claudette

      "Bring ear plugs." Definitely an authentic Hong Kong touch! ;-)

    2. One review says the owners and staff are from Joy Luck Place San Mateo. I thought the waiter looked vaguely familiar when I went. That would also explain the eclectic rarely seen authentic Hong Kong type stuff (e.g. Cantonese style donut, Sa Yung), as well as the commercialized popular XLB and Peking Duck offerings (both non Cantonese in nature).

      This place is like a separated from birth twin to Fat Wong's Kitchen San Bruno (which is also interesting that they say Fat Wong's chef also came from a high end seafood restaurant). In these harsher economic times where the big restaurants are taking hits, downscale affordable Cantonese comfort fare (like what CP and FW are offering) is a no brainer success.

      Agreed...the decibel levels are horrible during peak hours at Cooking Papa.

        1. re: vulber

          Hahaha- sounds like the game. Huh.

          I've been there, and besides from the really loud noise and the fact you have to be...firm to get the staff to notice you, it's definitely worth going. Indeed, the people are from Joy Luck and several other restaurants.

          Service is fast, the food is good and the price more than reasonable. Amen to the earplugs.

          Cooking Papa
          2830 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

          1. re: vulber

            I went here yesterday on a neighbor's suggestion.

            This place is excellent, and "authentic." Not expensive, and very ethnic. Might be too ethnic for those looking for Americanized food, but for people looking for the real deal, this place is fabulous.

            But don't take my word for it - just go for lunch on any weekday - I went on a Monday, arrived 10:55AM, which is 5 minutes before the doors open, and there were already 8-10 people waiting outside. By 11:05AM, the parking lot was nearly full. As well, the people packing this place aren't yuppies looking for the next hidden exotic gem - most of them are staunch regulars, and mostly Chinese.

            Service is minimal, and prepare to flag down waiters for anything you need. Not a problem, though - they responded to my requests rapidly.

            I had a preserved egg congee here which I don't think could be done any better for its simplicity, an excellent rice noodle around a you-tiau asian donut, and a fantastic noodle dish. Even better is looking at the neighboring tables food - there's some awesome stuff here!

            The website is actually very helpful - they have photos of most of the delectables that you can order, along with their prices.