South Bay: New Tung Kee Noodle House

I had a mini-panic attack yesterday when an error message of doom informed me that I couldn't upload any more photos on this blog because I'd used up all my free storage space on Picasa.  For some reason, it just never occurred to me that I would hit the 1GB storage limit.  I guess some part of me fancifully believed that Internet space is endless...and free.

Call me a cheapo, but my Chinese side wasn't about to let me pay $5 per year for additional storage.  Nuh uh.  The end of No Shame seemed inevitable.  I consoled myself with the fact that it'd had a decent run (almost two years!).  It also seemed like a good place to stop, as I'd just finished posting all my food adventures through 2011.

Then I thought, no!  Where there's a will, there's a way!  (My motto of the month...which I'm stubbornly trying to apply to the launching of Burger Bonding 2012.)  A quick Google search introduced me to people a lot smarter and wilier than I.  The solution?  Simple.  Make a new account.

(Insert triumphant trumpet solo.)

NO SHAME HAS BEEN SAVED!

So now I can tell you all about my first meal of 2012!

...which, unfortunately, is going to be rather anti-climatic.  But never mind that.

Everyone knows that the only guaranteed open restaurants on New Year's Day are Chinese ones.  I don't really remember how my family ended up at New Tung Kee Noodle House, but the point is we did:


Nothing like starting the new year with a bunch of other Asians in a fast food noodle joint:


My family has been going to Tung Kee (its various branches across the South Bay) for what feels like eons now.  It used to be a weekly thing, either after church or after piano class, but I haven't been back since I went off to college.  Walking through those automatic doors on New Year's Day felt like a trip down memory lane.

As usual, we ordered a fried daikon flour cake with egg and peanuts:


The daikon cake was super puffy this time.  Totally caught all of us off guard.

My mom went with the pad thai:


Nothing like a real pad thai, but we enjoy it all the same.

My dad and my sister each got a bowl of noodles (I didn't pay attention to what they ordered):


Every time we go to Tung Kee, my dad has to tell us about his childhood and how he and his siblings used to fight over the tiny fried pork oil bubbles in the soup.  Without fail.  Though the story gets old after a few times, the little fried pork oil bits at Tung Kee certainly don't.

I wasn't in a noodle mood, so I selected the good old pork and veggies over rice:


Tung Kee may be cash only and the service a bit brusque, but the food is hot, decent, cheap, and comes out FAST.  It feels like you've barely handed over your menus before your dishes are plopped down in front of you.

While I might not recommend Tung Kee to any visiting friends, it'll always hold a special place in my heart.

A very belated Happy 2012 to all!  NO SHAME LIVES TO SEE ANOTHER YEAR!


New Tung Kee Noodle House
481 E Calaveras Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 263-8288

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