Sunday, October 05, 2008

Nutrition House (or 5 Loaves, 2 Fish): Milpitas

For all my sarcasm, I think I'm happiest when I'm able to write about worthwhile restaurants. Truly.

A coworker, who originally hailed from the Heilongjiang province in China, the northern most province in China, had recommended this place for their authentic Northern Chinese style food. (If you're curious, here's a map with the Chinese provinces). And the food here, while fairly simple, was solidly prepared and did not disappoint.

Wintermelon and meatball soup - A slight variation on the usual meatless wintermelon soup. The meatballs lent a nice, but still light heartiness to the broth. This was chest-warming akin to a freshly made, piping hot chicken noodle soup and something I would have liked to have on a cool autumn/winter night.

Tofu Stir-fry - Tofu with Shanghai vegetables, wood-ear, carrots and garlic. A very solid rendition of this stir-fry.

Beef-tendon Hot Pot - This is what really made our meal. I had told our waittress that we had never tried any North-east style Chinese dishes and this is what she recommended. It is topped with a "cake," which ended up being similar to Indian naan, only thicker (like 1/2 inch) and breadier. The actual dish underneath was a slow-cooked stew, composed of beef tendons, carrots, tofu skin, napa cabbage, dried dates and other various Chinese spices. It tastes home-cooked in a very very good way.

Ooof. I'm getting hungry looking at these pictures again. This is yet another restaurant I wouldn't mind having in Phili.

Nutrition House (新五饼二鱼)
496 Barber Lane Milpitas, CA 95035 (Map)
(408) 428-9285
Yelp | Chowhound
($Chinese, $Recommended, $San Jose)

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