On my very first day at the current job, my colleagues arranged an informal welcome lunch at Cooking Papa in Foster City. There is also a Cooking Papa in Santa Clara that is extremely popular and I am quite embarrassed to say I have never been! I didn’t want to seem like a weirdo snapping pictures away of the signage and interior but could not help myself when everyone was seated and deciding on what to order.
Menu is very extensive with pictures of their popular items:
Roasted Pork Belly $9.95
Loved it!! Salty fatty tender pork belly with crunchy crispy skin. No complaints here, we polished it off fairly quickly.
Rice Noodle Roll w BBQ Pork $3.95
One of the best rice rolls I have had in the Bay Area. It was thin, delicate and borderline fell apart every time I picked up a piece with my chopsticks. The sauce was a light sweet soy that is well balanced (unlike the maggi seasoning intense sauce you are sometimes served). There was a good amount of chopped up BBQ pork as well.
Rice Noodle Roll w Fish & Cilantro $4.50
I wasn’t sure how much I would like this as I expected the fish to be quite fishy but on the contrary; it was a light and flaky white fish. The cilantro went well with the fish in the rice roll. And as the before rice roll, this was immaculately prepared.
Braised Eggplant & Pork Claypot $8.95
Generous portion of piping hot pork chops and egg plant – the pork chops were very tender and smothered in a oyster like sauce (enough for two meals w rice for one person) and a good amount of eggplant. I ordered a side of white jasmine rice to enjoy the sweet salty sauce.
HK Style Egg Puffs (4 Pieces) $3.50
We were instructed to order this early because it takes 15 minutes to prepare ( a good sign because it probably is made to order). Great way to end the meal! The first time I had this was at Koi Palace in Daly City and this is just as good! Airy egg-y puff with a crisped outer layer and moist centre. Dusted generously with fine white sugar.
Total Damage: ~$10 – $15 per person (including tax & tip)
Personal Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Very good)
We went at around 11.45 am on a Monday and the place was packed and I could see why – the prices were very reasonable , with massive portions and quite efficient service. All the dishes I tried were really good! I have to make a trip to their Santa Clara location and give their popular noodle and congee dishes a try.
Service was very good as well (especially for a busy Chinese restaurant) and I quite enjoyed the video that they keep looping showing how the making of their signature dishes and a random slideshow.
949A Edgewater Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 577 1830