Lafayette: Chinese Lunch at Uncle Yu’s
The day after my suitcase was stolen in San Francisco, I found myself wandering around the sleepy town of Lafayette. I was tired, sweaty and lugging a huge bag of newly purchased clothes and things when I saw Uncle Yu’s. I didn’t do any research and expected a tiny, sticky table local Chinese joint. I was hallucinating noodles and dumplings.
I got a white table cloth, mini-chain of Americanized Chinese Restaurants. I should have went across the street to something else as I really just wanted something casual. But once I was inside, I decided it was worth whatever meal I was going to get just to get away from the heat and bask in air conditioning.
Luckily Uncle Yu’s has inexpensive lunch combos and I chose the kung pao combo of chicken, beef and shrimp. I opted for pork fried rice instead of steamed rice. The beef was nicely tender but I did wish it was actually spicy. Kung pao should be spicy.
My lunch meal also came with soup. I had the hot and sour which was more sour than anything. Sure it was a thousand degrees outside but I can have soup anytime.
Across the road is Lily’s which seemed to be the sort of Chinese place I was looking for- soup noodles and such. Next time!