The Chinese dumplings that arrive at Zen Dumpling's tables are like small, edible treasure chests. Inside awaits a bounty of savory fillings: veggies, pork, chicken, and beef, all hidden within the dumplings' soft dough exterior. Along with serving food, the staff also enjoys sharing their knowledge of Chinese cuisine. If asked, they may recount how dumplings––which traditionally symbolize wealth––are often served around holidays, potentially indicating gifts of good fortune or durable socks. Their culinary expertise extends to other types of Chinese cuisine, as they also cook chow mein, fried rice, and hot soups filled with the likes of beef tenderloin or spicy fish.
Drawing on more than 30 years in the restaurant business, Chef Kin Wong exhibits his mastery of authentic Chinese food, stirring pork into seaweed soup, sousing prawns in lobster sauce, and plating heaps of beef or eggplant on sizzling platters. Along with individual portions, Chef Kin encourages group feasts with a dinner takeout menu valid for three-item meals that diners can assemble from a selection of 66 entrees.
A local foodstitution since 1963, Edna Ray Chinese Restaurant serves up a tasty mélange of dishes in its current cozy confines of Willow Glen with the same friendly service of its former digs in Los Gatos. Head chef Kwong Wing Suen has more than three decades of gastronomic experience in Hong Kong stored beneath his magic hat, which is the same place from which he pulled the expansive menu. Lead off with the egg rolls ($5.55) or wonton soup ($6.25 for two people) before digging into house specialties such as the tangerine chicken ($10.95) or the romantic, wine-sauce-soaked sea fruit known as lover's prawns ($12.95). The kung pao chicken ($9.25) and Mongolian beef ($9.25) can be spiced to any degree, while the pork chow fun entertains the tongue with parlor tricks ($6.75). Pleasant décor and friendly, quick service accentuate Edna Ray's welcoming noshing quarters, which host a bevy of repeat diners seven days a week.
Oriental Sushi Buffet offers a cornucopia of Asian flavors by way of an ever-changing buffet. During lunch, more than 30 sushi rolls and cooked dishes populate the buffet, and dinner adds another more than 30 options to the mix. Though the menu changes daily, diners might find sushi—such as spicy tuna hand rolls, salmon-topped crab, and saucy unagi rolls—alongside kitchen specialties such as general tso’s chicken.
The chefs at Asian Express cast a wide net over the Pacific, ensnaring a collection of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai recipes. They pan-fry tender meats and fresh veggies to create colorful dishes, such as pad thai and fried rice, that satisfy grumbling tummies with dine-in, takeout, catered, and slingshotted portions.