Bay Area- Fatima Restaurant and Hong Fu Restaurant
I've been craving knife shaved noodles for a while now. There are only a few places I've been to that serve knife shaved noodles, and one of them is near my parents' house. So when I went home last time, I told my parents that is where I wanted to go.
Fatima is a muslim chinese restaurant. In general, most of their dishes are just okay. But they are famous for their knife shaved noodles and there sesame onion pancake. We ended up getting takeout from Fatima for lunch, and also got a tea smoked duck from Hong Fu Restaurant, my favorite place for tea smoked duck.
The sesame onion pancake, is thick, doughy, full of fresh onions and topped with toasted sesames. I really love their pancake.
Little Brother says he likes the fried rice at Fatima, so my parents ordered him a fried rice.
I didn't like the fried rice. I thought it was salty and tasted like soy sauce.
Here's the knife shaved noodles. They have a variety of pan fried noodles and soup noodles. I chose to get lamb soup noodles.
Here's the noodles with the broth and lamb meat.
I prefer to eat this dish at the restaurant. When you get it to go, it's hard to get the broth hot enough and the noodles tend to clump together. If you can eat it at the restaurant, I would recommend you do that. It still tasted pretty good though. Flavorful tender lamb. Fairly rich broth. And the noodles! Thick and chewy.
My parents also got the beef tendon appetizer.
10125 Bandley Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
My parents also picked up an order of tea smoked duck from Hong Fu Restaurant. Hong Fu makes the best tea smoked duck I've ever eaten.
First off, the duck is so plump and full of meat! Usually duck does not have much meat. It is usually has a thick layer of fatty skin. But the duck at Hong Fu is big and plump. I'm not sure where they get their duck from. It's almost like a small turkey.
I also love the red color. And the duck has a deep smoked flavor. It's not too salty, but the smokiness definitely permeates through all of the meat. The meat is also juicy and not at all dry. Hong Fu's tea smoked duck has pretty much ruined me for other restaurant's tea smoked ducks.
Hong Fu Gourmet Chinese Restaurant
20588 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Hong Fu also makes a really good spicy beef noodle soup with hand made noodles. But it's super spicy. A bit too spicy for me.