This has become one of my favourite places to eat Chinese food! There some Korean Chinese staples as well. Well known around the area for their excellent Jjangmyun and some Seafood noodle that I have yet to try.
Located on a dingy looking strip with limited parking at the side of the building and along the street. Not the fanciest looking place but always packful of people during peak hours.
(I forgot my camera so here are some grainy cell phone pictures)
Menu is very extensive, with a over 50 choices of noodles, rice, seafood, poultry and meat dishes. I didn’t take a picture of the menu since I have the take out version (which I can’t find at the moment. Eeeks).
Black Bean Sauce Noodle (Jjanjangmyun) $7.95
Best I have had in the area so far.. Nice chewy noodles, with thick salty black bean sauce that has chunks of veggies and even shrimp. Shrimp was a nice addition along with the chunks of pork, zucchini, mushrooms and onions.
(Surprisingly, this tasted good when I warmed it up the next day for leftovers~ The noodles were not total mush and absorbed all the sauce so it was delicious!!)
Tong Soon Combination Fried Rice $7.95
I appreciate that the fried rice is made with short grain Korean rice. The rice is cooked well, with every grain tossed in the seasoning so it is pretty uniform throughout. I enjoyed the salty peppery seasoning and the random bits of char siew, shrimp, beef and veggies.
Mongolian Beef $9.25
Delicious!! Tender beef with nice leeks and slightly crunchy onions that adds a nice textural element to the dish. I am always amazed at how tender the beef is at some Chinese restaurants; I bet there is some trick to it. The spicy salty sauce is great with rice. A bit on the salty side but I don’t mind it too much once I mixed it with white Jasmine rice.
Eggplant with Garlic Sauce (w Minced Pork) $7.95
There was enough eggplant to feed 6 people. Big chunks of egg plant sauteed with minced pork in a sweet & spicy sauce. Pretty close to mapo tofu sauce but sweet. Overall, the dish is very tasty albeit a little on the greasy side because the eggplant absorbs the oil when not prepared the right way.
Total Damage: $46 (including tax & tip)
Personal Rating – 3.5 out of 5 (Very good)
Food is priced well, generous portions and fresh tasting. A couple dishes were a little heavy handed on the salt but overall the dishes are good.
Service is great too – very efficient and friendly. Food usually starts getting to our table less than ten minutes after ordering.
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Tong Soon Garden Restaurant
3240 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 615 9988