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Couple brings Chinese zongzi to Mountain View

Uploaded: Jul 10, 2019
A Fremont couple who drew a local following for their homemade zongzi, a hefty bundle of sticky rice stuffed with savory or sweet fillings and wrapped in a bamboo leaf, has opened a bare-bones storefront in Mountain View.

Eng's Zongzi opened recently at 855 W. El Camino Real. Owner Pa Eng said they used to deliver to customers in the Mountain View area so decided to open up shop here.

Eng's Zongzi serves homemade Chinese zongzi and dumplings. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

They serve several kinds of fresh zongzi: pork, mushroom and peanut; pork and egg yolk; vegetarian; adzuki, or red, beans; and Chinese dates. The pyramid-shaped rice dumplings are enclosed in the bamboo leaves, secured with string and then boiled or steamed. (Zongzi are often described as Chinese tamales, though one customer pointed out to me that tamales could just as easily be described as Mexican zongzi.)

All of the zongzi are $3.25 each except the pork-egg yolk, which costs $3.75.

Eng's Zongzi also sells frozen meat, fish and vegetable dumplings (each bag has 50 dumplings) and shrimp and pork wontons.

There are four tables, two inside and two outside the small space, but it't primarily a takeout operation. Bring cash; they don't accept credit cards at the moment.

Eng's Zongzi is open from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and closed Monday.
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Posted by Corrie Sid, a resident of Downtown North,
on Jul 17, 2019 at 2:54 pm

But are the Zongzi any good? Just knowing about it is one thing, but let us know your opinion on how they taste?

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Posted by member, a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks,
on Jul 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm

Personally, when it first showed up on the menu I wasnt at all enticed. When the waitress or server, suggested them I had dismissed the offer the first few times we went to eat there. Then I went one LAST time and believe me or not, as much as I enjoyed the wontons, I gave it a shot, but never finished the meal, in fact I got a little ill and wished we went to this new little Indian Restraunt, but theyre always just too busy. I knew those carbs were ruining my diet anyways so after that I never went back. I kinda threw up a little just talking about it now. Wouldnt recommend.

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