Friday, March 06, 2009
By Suzanne Wu, Courier Staff Writer
A family oriented Hong Kong style restaurant, Aberdeen Cafe is an excellent pick for those who enjoy Hong Kong Style Chinese fare. Located in Warm Springs, Fremont, the cafe is popular for its array of rice dishes, congee (porridge), and noodles.
Providing for an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, the Cafe is a hot spot for families with children of all ages. On a recent visit to the cafe, my family and I waited a short ten-minute wait, seeing as though it was a Saturday afternoon, the wait time was not absurdly long. Upon sitting down, the waiter briskly provided us with menus and left us to review the menu unattended to. Right away my family and I noticed that service was brisk and the restaurant functioned at a fast pace, seemingly to make up for its shortage of staff as well as a great number of patrons. Although the service was fast-paced, the service itself was not below par.
The dishes served at the Aberdeen Cafe are mainly grouped into the categories of rice, congee, noodles, and appetizers or snacks. Being a Hong Kong style restaurant, there are many dishes people may be reluctant to try but are missing out on. Deep Fried Pig Intestines remain my sister's favorite at the Aberdeen Cafe. The pig intestines taste nothing like how they sound and are deep-fried to a crisp on the outside and retain the texture of fatty pork after the initial crunch. In addition to the pig intestines, a sauce, that is mildly spicy as well as a little tart, is served as well in order to add a kick to this seemingly formidable, but actually harmless, dish. In addition to the deep fried pig intestines, my family particularly enjoys the Hainan Chicken with rice. Served with a savory chicken soup the chicken is succulent and juicy, not at all dry. The rice is the most delicious and special part of the dish.
Unlike rice that is normally served at restaurants, the Hainan Chicken rice is cooked with chicken soup and is infused with taste; even the pickiest eater will find something to like about Aberdeen Cafe's Hainan Chicken. All the congee served at Aberdeen Café is full of flavor and are not to be labeled as dull dishes. The congee is thick as well as flavorful, packed with items such as shrimp, scallops and various meats. The food served here, while most are flavorful and delicious, usually fluctuates. Often, the food will be just right in sweetness, sourness, spiciness, or saltiness but on our repeat visits to Aberdeen Café, some foods turned out to be too salty. Even though these inconsistencies may detract from the enjoyment of every meal eaten there, the flavor and atmosphere make up for those occasional inconsistencies.
If you’re ever out and about in the Warm Springs area remember to stop by the Aberdeen Café to tantalize your taste buds. Don’t be afraid of the weird or unusual, in the end, the experience is well worth it.