Restaurant Guo Cui [Cupertino]
Just tried this place out and am in love. Clean and modern interior - they do one thing only - claypots - and they do it well. They have soup and dry claypots. We only tried the soup ones. They had a house-made cucumber juice that everybody was getting (except us).
You can choose between the type of soup, type of meat, and whether you get hand-pulled noodles, tea-flavored rice, or rice vermicelli. We both got the traditional broth - one with noodles and beef cubes, another with rice and sliced beef. Both excellent - the noodles had the chewiness you expect from hand-pulled noodles.
I was impressed with the noodle to meat / vegetable ratio. Pictures on Yelp showed mostly noodles, so I had been worried prior to dining. Turns out they just stick most of the vegetables on the bottom.
Everything tastes really healthy and fresh - clean flavors without too much sodium.
Would love to hear what others think about it!
10619 S De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Went again - took a few pictures. The food's still good but I think they've started adding a little more oil, perhaps to accommodate popular taste.
Sadly, it was a Friday night and the place was maybe 33% full... hope this place can hang in there!
I was pretty happy with the meatballs - I was worried they'd be the rubbery kind you find at Little Sheep, but they turned out to be satisfyingly meaty.