Regional Chinese roundup 3.0 (SF Bay Area)

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Cecilia and Darrell Corti of the world-famous Corti Brothers Market in Sacramento have lunch at Yank Sing Rincon in 2011:

  • Heritage Noodle (San Jose), from the former owner’s of Chef Yu in Sunnyvale, is open. 3 page menu, including a Chinese American page. The takeout is positioned in the front door, so you need not go inside (thumbs up to the Hot & Sour Bamboo Pork, a big portion that survived a trip back to SF and as leftovers for breakfast).

  • Mifen 101 (possibly Guizhou) replaced Noodle King (Mountain View). The latter was a legacy of Shaanxi Qin-Tang Charm in Cupertino

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Darn. We had good meals at Noodle King. I wonder if Mifen has the same owners.

Luke Tsai writes in SF Eater:

But thanks to a lot of people who helped him, he says, Hung has signed the lease for the restaurant at 911 Washington Street in Old Oakland, just a few blocks away from Chinatown — the space in Swan’s Market recently vacated by Rosamunde Sausage Grill.

If all goes well, Hung hopes to be slinging his chewy Shanxi-style knife-cut noodles out of the new shop by Christmas.

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QQ Noodle’s Cupertino location has closed according to Yelp, leaving only the Milpitas Square location of the Shaanxi specialist. Their defunct Fremont location (2007-2018) preceded the Bay Area’s Shaanxi wave by several years.

QQ Cupertino reopened literally a few days after your post (10/22, according to Yelp). My wife and I took a trek down from SF and got a few things - so much better than the only Shaanxi option in SF.

That being said, the were only open for takeout with a very limited menu. No liang pi, or anything with mo (roujiamo, yangroupaomo, etc) - just some cold apps and 6? of their noodle dishes.

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Thank you, that’s wonderful news!

While I’m writing:

  • Pan-fried dumpling (Newark) has opened with SJB, “snowflake dumplings” (whispy edge potstickers), and a variety of northeastern dishes. They appear to be owned by the same group that owns Yummy Yummy Bao (hence the SJB et al.).

  • Sichuan Tasty Restaurant (Outer Richmond) had opened

  • Cozy Wok, a Chinese vegetarian restaurant, has opened in Oakland. General Tso’s mushrooms look good! Anyone recognize the Zhaos (chef or his son) from the Yelp picture?

  • YiYI Mandarin on Clement has closed

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Two months later, Eater reports that M.Y. China has permanently closed. When it opened in 2012, its large selection, which included Shanxi noodles’ and seasonal menus, signaled a trend beyond Chinese American offerings at Bay Area malls, and towards the opening of a South Bay DTF, Sichuan noodle and dumpling spots, etc. They had a short lived Graton Casino location as well as a Jian bing pop-up in SF.

Koi Palace, beyond its own large restaurants, first offered its machine made XLB and other dumplings at M.Y. China, and KP’s commercial commissary now distributes to various Koi Palace spin-offs, including at SFO, and independent shops. It’s also prepared them to supply frozen stuff directly to consumers in the Covid-19 era.

Please let us know if you learn the current whereabouts of their chefs. I suppose Dim Sum Corner (supplied by KP) in Chinatown is now the only place to get scissor cut noodles.

  • Huh, I neglected to report that Ping’s Bistro has a new location in Fremont, in the short lived Family Taste’s spot at 2090 Warm Springs Ct, Ste 140. As of my mid-October visit, they had bentos as well as regular menu items.
  • San Mateo’s Seapot has expanded to a Sunnyvale location. Glad to see them open—- I recall from ABC records that this had been in the works for a while.
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