There is a huge difference between Americanized Chinese food (AKA food drenched in fatty, overpowering sauces) and authentic cuisine. For a tribute to the culinary ways of Shanghai, visit Shanghai Restaurant in Cupertino Village. Decor is simple and service is fast.
The menu is extensive with Shanghai specialties, so sample plenty. The dim sum were tasty, but the vermicelli with salted snow vegetables was excellent and unexpected. Instead of the long, thin noodles Americans call vermicelli, the dish was presented with translucent pasta sheets cut into squares. The flavor was light and altogether refreshing as a main course.
When I got home, I recreated the flavors of the dish using traditional udon noodles, sauteed snow vegetables in garlic oil, a light, soy-seasoned chicken broth and toasted almonds for accent. Delicious!
10877 North Wolfe Road