Stinky Tofu really stinks at Happy Kitchen - [Newark]
Happy Kitchen is a pan chinese eatery from the New China folks in Union City, here, Happy offers many taiwanese, hunan, szechwan, and northern dishes. many items are transplanted from the new china menu. these should be skippped as the highlights are the northern dishes and the stinky tofu.
-stinky tofu (4.25)
large, lightly tanned fried tofu, best tasted in the bay area
crunchy skins, tender innards, nice dip, large portion
very thin skin, nice soup, tasty meat, better than average
-porK & chive dumpling, beef & celery dumpliing (12/5.99)
very fresh veggies and meats used. these are godzillas compared
with an eatery in the same mall promoted as the "king of dumplings"
-lamb stew on clay pot(9.99)
actually an herbal soup with lots of tender lamb.
-spicy beef tendon hand rolled noodles soup (6.25)
spicy oil fresh, spicy, not stale like the szechewn eatery in the same mall
noodles resembles hand cut noodles.
lots of whole tender tendons provided.
-pot fried pork bun (6/4.99)
excellent sheng jen bao, bun texture very thin, tender nonfat meat, size as big as mini char siu baos.
they also have tofu, meat products, and buns for sale to go like the union city store.
39055 Cedar Blvd, Ste 108
re: Melanie Wong
i only tried the braised pork belly which is very fatty(which it should be) and it's melt in your mouth quality. i was looking for blackened spareribs (wu xi pai gu) and they recommended this.
their menu is hard to read. meaning different names for dishes i'm usually familiar with.
menu kind of pricey.
best shangha around is Shanghai Delight , 218 barber court.milpitas. haven't tried shen jiao bao though
cheapest shanghai is hometown favorite, 43089 mission blvd., a few doors from dohatsuten.
these 2 used to be partners....
The ST we had was not the hardcore authentic one though it sure sounds like the version being discussed here. That is nigh impossible to come by in my neck of the woods. But agree it was v. tasty. Now I have to get my google on and figure out where Newark is... branching out time?
newark is on the other side of the freeway from fremont.
newark was low industrial, single housing. now it's becoming vast acres of shoppping malls/shopping center.
fremont and the surrounding area has had many openings of taiwanese, shanghaiese, and northern chinese eateries in this past year.
Had lunch at Happy Kitchen today. Posting a photo of the sheng jian bao. They are quite large; six to an order. Portions are quite large, considering the moderate prices. $4.95 for SJB. They are listed as "pot fried pork bun" on the menu. They're pretty good but not great. Little Shanghai in San Mateo makes them better. The braised pork knuckle was a good deal at $9.99 -- very flavorful and lots of yummy fat. The salt & pepper squid at $5.99 was a huge order -- very popular at tables with kids. Quite good, not oily, and tender. The xiao long bao were not very good -- definitely not worth ordering or shooting. Thick skin and the same pork filling as the sheng jian bao. This place merits a return visit to try other dishes. It's reasonably priced for the quality and quantity.