November 13, 2006

Dim Sum means one of each - Loon Wah (San Jose)

One of the things I'm really enjoying about NaBloPoMo is the opportunity to revisit restaurants we visited and dishes we prepared at home, the corresponding photographs on my hard drive -- and finish the partially written posts about them.

Restaurants like Loon Wah - almost an accidental discovery. Driving through San Jose on a mid-summer Sunday between social events, we both had a serious jones for dim sum. Loon Wah had been on our "to try" list for several months, making it the obvious choice.

There's one challenge with dim sum. When John and I are ravenous (which we were) we tend to go overboard and order way too much food (which we did). Chow Mein noodles. Barbequed Pork Buns. Sui Mai. Potstickers. We pretty much eyeballed the menu and said "yes." Which resulted in a large-ish collection of takeout containers.

Our impression of the food? Good, solid basic dim sum. Some of it a little greasy. but all of it tasty. In larger than average portions. At reasonable prices. Loon Wah's strength is in their "pastry" -- the pork buns, rice noodles and custard buns are consistently quite good. Potstickers are the only dish we ordered that need som fine-tuning; they were a bitl rubbery and the filling had an odd chemical taste. In short we wouldn't traverse the bay for a meal at Loon Wah, but when in the neighborhood, we wouldn't hesitate to stop in. We have -- twice -- since our initial visit.

Loon Wah
1146 S De Anza Blvd., San Jose, CA 95129

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wheresmymind said...

I'm always afraid of Dim Sum if I go without someone that understands what each dish is