Tips on Ordering at Cafe Yulong (玉龍小館), Mountain View

Cafe Yulong is a Korean-Chinese style restaurant, run by Chinese from Shandong. Their specialties are their noodles and dumpling dishes not commonly found in Cantonese or other style Chinese restaurants. Their Zha Jiang Mian and Gan Pong Shrimp are both very good.

However, there is a trick in ordering their noodle dishes. By default, they cook a bunch of noodles up ahead of time before ordering, and then reheat them as the orders come. This is to speed up the time it takes for the noodle to arrive at your table. So this will cause it to get softer than normal and not up to the Shandong style handmade noodle’s consistency.

The key here is to explicitly ask the waitstaff when you order the Zha Jiang Mian and other noodles that you want “freshly cooked noodles”. It takes a little longer but it will taste very different and much better. I’ve done this several times and now they know that when I order, to give me the “fresh cooked” noodle only.

One other nice item they do very well is the Gan Pong Shrimp. It is very good, just the right spiceness level and not overly sweet and oh so fresh and tender shrimp.

Cafe Yulong (玉瓏小館)

743 W Dana Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

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  1. February 8, 2008

    […] try the Gan Pong Shrimp (乾烹蝦) here to see how it compares with my current favorite served at Cafe Yulong (玉隆小館) in Mountain View. It came in a big plate with shrimps lightly battered and fried. The Gan Pong […]

  2. April 9, 2008

    […] in the south of Korea and its second largest city. In that sense they are similar to the owners of Cafe Yulong in Mountain View, who are also Shandong-ren who came via Pusan, with an additional stop through […]

  3. July 9, 2008

    […] Other examples of this style of restaurant include the famous Great China in Berkeley, Cafe Yulong in Mountain View, and many others. I’ll be compiling a list of these restaurants and post it […]

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