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FattyDumplin Aug 19, 2011 10:16 AM

Coming from Mountain View, are there any close by places that I can get Fish dumplings (Chinese style)? We often go to Everyday Beijing to satisfy the craving, but we typically don't have much reason otherwise to head north. Are there any places in Cupertino, MV, Milpitas that we could hit to fill the need?

Thanks in advance,
FD

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Everyday Beijing
637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

  1. Melanie Wong Aug 19, 2011 10:44 AM

    Cafe Yulong in Mountain View serves Shandong style fish dumplings. Haven't been there for a long time so perhaps someone else can offer an update.

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    Cafe Yulong
    743 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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      FattyDumplin Aug 22, 2011 03:06 PM

      We went there this weekend. Great recommendation...
      - Fish dumplings: really nicely flavored, a bit on the salty side, but you could tell the fish was fresh and just enough chive-iness. they turn the filling into more of a fish paste, as opposed to pure fish, which is what i'm used to and on the margin prefer. but, wow, the dumpling wrapper itself is the best i've ever had. perfect thickness and just the right consistency. soft, but with a bit of bite to it.
      - xiao long bao: unfortunately, these were a disgrace. will never get these again. filling was blah, minimal soup and the wrapper seemed like it was pre-made and somewhat water-logged
      - garlic spinach noodles: the waitress recommended it and this was really fragrant and delicious. it's spinach noodles sauteed with spinach and garlic. the noodles are amazing. spring-y and chewy with just the right amount of give. i'm not surprised after the dumpling wrappers, but this was really well eecuted - the best hand pulled noodles i've ever had.
      in short, these guys are amazing with all things dough. cannot wait to try scallion pancakes here.

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        FattyDumplin Sep 18, 2011 10:59 PM

        Finally got around to trying the fish dumplings from the vendor at hte MV farmers market. If i could take this filling and put it in the Cafe Yulong wrapper, I would have a perfect dumpling. The filling here is much more delicate. Real chunks of fish, lightly seasoned with chive and a lot less salty. These go really well with a vinegar / ginger dipping sauce. And are fantastic pan fried, as the boiling process makes these warppers a bit gummy.

        anyways, thought i'd pass the feedback along.

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        Cafe Yulong
        743 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

    2. Chandavkl Aug 19, 2011 12:07 PM

      Perhaps at Hu Chiang Dumpling House in Cupertino. Definitely at My Dumplings in Milpitas Square, though that restaurant was panned on this board. (I haven't been there.)

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      My Dumplings
      300 Barber Ct, Milpitas, CA 95035

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        mhuang Aug 23, 2011 10:37 AM

        H.C Dumpling House is closed now.

        For xiao long bao dumplings, I think Bamboo Garden does a pretty good job in Mountain View, but I don't know if they do fish dumplings.

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          K K Aug 23, 2011 10:44 AM

          I believe HC Dumpling has resurfaced, and is now sharing a space or has joined forces with Won Stew House in Cupertino (on Torre Ave). However by pure instinct this is not a place I would recommend or want to go to myself.

      2. K K Aug 19, 2011 01:24 PM

        Sun's Chinese Cuisine on the other side of B-street (very close to the movie theater) has fish & chives dumplings. Likely similar to Everyday Beijing's in taste/texture.

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        Everyday Beijing
        637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

        Sun's Chinese Cuisine
        251 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

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          shanghaikid Aug 19, 2011 07:56 PM

          this response may not be on point but the dumplings i tried were pretty good and they make it on the premises. they probably make fish dumplings also. not sure though. check it out!
          Tong Dumpling Pot (127 Dixon Rd, Milipitas, Ca.), transplanted from san jose
          -lamb dumplings with green onions very good. lamb tasted fresh (12/6.95)
          Panda Dumplings (1195 Laurel St, San Carlos, ca) family runned
          -green chives w/pork (10/6,50) pretty good.

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            FattyDumplin Sep 6, 2011 12:19 PM

            Anyone ever try the fish dumplings being sold out of the chinese dim sum stand at the MV Farmers Market? The stand seems pretty popular and they were sold out of the fish ones by 10AM when i was there this weekend.

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              gnomatic Sep 6, 2011 09:38 PM

              The stand is OFS Food & Services, they are based out of Fremont. You can try giving them a call for an order to pick up at one of the markets they go to.

              I like their dumplings & XLB. Not a fan of their baos or wontons though.

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              OFS Food and Services
              3281 Seldon Ct, Fremont, CA 94539

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                FattyDumplin Sep 7, 2011 05:37 AM

                Good info. Thanks! Will have to get it a shot. A couple reviews I managed to find online complained a bit about the wrappers being to thick, but if they are good, would be a nice quick food alternative.

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                  gnomatic Sep 7, 2011 08:59 PM

                  Their dumplings are thick..and a bit rough. But I liked cooking them up like pot stickers. The skin has a nice chew to them. They would not be ideal in soup. I really liked their XLB.
                  By fish dumplings, I am assuming you mean dumplings with fish inside...not the HK style fish dumplings that actually have fish in the wrappers (which I am suddenly craving, and need a source for in SF).

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                    FattyDumplin Sep 8, 2011 10:29 AM

                    good info. thanks. will have to try them out. are the XLB delicate at all? ie wrappers that are nearly translucent? I doubt it but have to ask.

                    yeah, i mean the fish dumplings with the fish wrapped inside, not in the actual wrappers. i've never had the latter and that sounds interesting...

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                      gnomatic Sep 9, 2011 05:19 PM

                      The XLB is good for the frozen for steaming at home version. Good size and soup..though it is thicker then the "perfect" restaurant quality XLB.

                      The Hong Kong style fish skin dumplings can be seen here:
                      http://www.chinesechicken.net/fried-f...

                      The name is sort of misleading..the dough for the dumpling has fish meat..not fish skin mixed in. I have a recipe for it in a cookbook, but have yet to try it out.

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                        FattyDumplin Sep 11, 2011 10:38 AM

                        Looks delicioius. i got a bag of the frozen fish dumplings this morning so will have to try them out...

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              mdg Sep 7, 2011 09:33 PM

              There's a pretty new Shandong place in Sunnyvale called Tsingtao Taste that features fish dumplings. I haven't tried them yet - just saw an ad for them today - but hope to fix that soon, and the fish dumplings will be high on the list of things to try first.

              Michael

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              Tsingtao Taste
              1255 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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                512window Sep 8, 2011 01:00 PM

                That's the one that used to be Cups and Coins, next to the Smart & Final. Cups and Coins was pretty good the one time I went. The transformation was pretty fast, so maybe it's just a name change.

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                Cups and Coins Cafe
                415 N Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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                  K K Sep 8, 2011 02:25 PM

                  Tried Cups and Coins about 6 months ago and was not impressed, even though the Taiwanese people provided decent service and you can tell that the noodles and dumplings were made in house (but not stellar execution). Looking at the Yelp pictures they seem to be doing a cross between noodles/dumplings and East/South Bay style Korean Chinese hybrid.

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                  mdg Sep 16, 2011 09:22 PM

                  We tried the fish dumplings at Tsingtao Taste tonight and they were delicious! I'm no expert on fish dumplings - I've had them a couple places, I think Tong Dumpling Pot and Everyday Beijing, and never liked them as much as I thought I would. This is what I expected! These were very nice dumplings with a great blend of fish and chive flavor. The dipping sauce tasted like it had some really good vinegar in it.

                  There are lots of other good things on the menu so I'll start a new topic for the restaurant beyond the dumplings.

                  Michael

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                  Everyday Beijing
                  637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

                  Tsingtao Taste
                  1255 S Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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