Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ma Ma Chen's Kitchen - Cupertino

This place was our last minute choice after a recital on late Saturday evening. By the time we were done, it was already 8:30 pm. Most of the restaurants that we know unfortunately close at 9. What a bummer. And our friend said that she heard of this Chen Mama restaurant in Cupertino that was better than Liang Mama (aka Liang's Village). I did a quick google search and found it on Yelp. So of we went.

Restaurant was located on a strip mall on Stevens Creek Blvd. That area changed quite a lot ever since we passed by last time. On the same strip mall there was a pancake place and another Chinese restaurant, etc. The restaurant were half empty since they close at 9:30 and it was 9:15 then. We went through the menu and selected a few noodle soup. Our friend added a few more orders as she spoke to the waitress.
Fried bread with custard filling

onion pancake - not bad
rice noodle with roasted pork 
We got the famous Taiwanese beef noodle soup which uses thick cut noodle. The broth was dark, sweet and had aroma of star anise. The two kids in our group loved this dish, especially the sweet broth. The other two rice noodle dishes were pretty similar, one was dry with big piece of thick cut roasted pork. The other rice noodle soup had stir fry minced pork
Taiwanese beef noodle soup

We also ordered wonton noodle that was served with noodle. The meat in the wonton was almost non-existent. The rice noodle dish for the most part were pretty plain. They looked like what we usually make at home. I guess it's good because it feels homely, but it taste very plain. We didn't get to try the fried bread since we were too full so our friend brought it home.

We wouldn't go back again. I found out later on that there was another restaurant with quite similar name (Mama chef) just down the road. Maybe we'll give that one a try next time.

Ma Ma Chen's Kitchen
19052 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 996-8877