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Sichuan food in Milpitas

June 2, 2008

Boyfriend and I went to the Greek Food Festival (GFF)  in SJ yesterday afternoon with Carlo and Vu but it was so packed that by the time we found seats, our food was consumed before I could take any pictures!  The food was very good and filling.  Of course, I got my usual gyro. : )

After the GFF, we headed out to Milpitas to meet up with Lily and Long.  Long is in Sunnyvale from LA for work for a few days.  Ironically, Boyfriend and Long are working on the same program so they’re probably at work together right now as I type.  Boyfriend used to work with Long’s Dad down in Redondo before we moved.  It’s such a small world!

After walking in circles at the Great Mall and working up an appetite, Lily directed us to South Legend Sichuan Restaurant in Milpitas.  She made sure we were all okay with spicy food before she decided on a place.  Lily’s friend Guo met us there to make it a party of five.

We started out with a winter melon and sliced pork soup.  It had the tiniest peppery kick to it which made it really good!  I think that was my first time having winter melon.  (no pics, it was served too fast and actually looked kinda “blah” anyways)

The dry fried long beans were my favorite dish of the night.  I tend to love green bean dishes at Chinese restaurants.  It was the right amount of crunchiness with a lot of flavor.

Someone chose this beef with Chinese celery dish.  I don’t really care for celery but thought Chinese celery might taste a little different.  I ate a couple pieces but Chinese celery tastes EXACTLY like American celery… it’s just skinnier.

I was pleasantly surprised with this fish filet.  (Doesn’t it kind of look like chicken??)  I’m not a sauce person so I was worried I might not like this dish but it was good.   It was my next favorite dish behind the green beans.

Mapo Tofu.  You can’t really go wrong with tofu!

All of these dishes with steamed rice made for a really nice meal.  Nothing was spicy at all, which I was a little disappointed about.  The servers were friendly, especially the one who took a group shot of us at the end.  He seemed quite concerned with how our pictures would turn out and posed us in front of some random paintings on the wall.  I would definitely love to go back for the green beans… or just learn how to make them on my own!

1720 N. Milpitas Blvd.  Milpitas, CA

Joy Luck Place

May 30, 2008

I’ve been slacking on the posts but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been eating!

Joy Luck Place has weeknight specials where a certain dish has a “sale” price on a particular night.  Friday night happens to be Lobster Noodle night.  It’s regularly $35 but on sale for $20.  Horace, Carlo and I headed out there to meet up with a couple of their other friends for dinner.  We didn’t know that there are TWO Joy Luck Place restaurants in the same plaza.  One is more of a fast food Chinese place (from the looks of it) and the one we went to was the nicer, sit-down restaurant.

We each chose one dish for us to all share at dinner.  We started out with a chicken / vegetable soup which was pretty plain.

Carlo chose the walnut prawns which were not as mayonnaise-y and sweet as other places can be.

Christine chose Peking duck.  (Monday or Tuesday night is Peking duck night in case you were wondering.)

I chose a braised tofu and veggie dish.

And of course, someone had to choose the Lobster Noodles!  This was the whole reason why we ate at this particular restaurant (I think) so Felix made this his choice.  Our five dishes and steamed rice was all very filling!

I don’t remember anything being totally spectacular at dinner but everything was good.  The lobster noodles were probably my favorite dish of the evening.  I ate so much at dinner that I didn’t have room for boba at Fantasia Coffee… sadness.  Including tax and tip, it was a little under $20 per person.  Not too bad for all that we ate.

10911 N. Wolfe Road  Cupertino, CA

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