First I ran into their sister restaurant Jiangnan Culture in Milpitas Square. I grabbed their menu and ordered takeout from Shanghai No. One a couple of weeks later.
I drove up to the restaurant and was dismayed to find that Shanghai No. One replaced Kumino China. I asked the hostess and was told that the ownership changed before COVID hit.
I ordered some standard Shanghainese dishes and was pleasantly surprised they were well cooked. Homey and yummy. Most of the times I was disappointed at Shanghai food in the Bay Area but they did well in all 3 dishes.
Yan Du Xian ( 腌笃鲜)
The soup with salted ham, bamboo, and fresh pork (and hence the name). Very delicious. Seasoned just right and not overly salty like its almost the case with everywhere else. Comes with fresh and delicious tofu skin knots. I will drink this soup any day. The seasoning in the salted ham is mostly in the soup already. I guess I could argue they should use better ham like jinhua ham but those are way more expensive than a $20 restaurant dish could use. I almost feel like getting me some iberico and attempt to recreate the soup at home since I see fresh bamboo at the market these days.
My lousy photo of the delicious soup:
Ham vegetable rice.
Also very solid. nicely seasoned. just all around delicious.
Shredded pork meat noodle with mustard greens.
Pleasant surprise for me. Recommended. I know I will be back.