Shinbala Cafe: Plain? Sure. Good? Suureeee….


20956 Homestead Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 257 – 6868

Julie and I came here to eat with her mom when I was up visiting awhile back and the only thing that this place was known for (maybe to the locals) was the pineapple fried rice.  Was it good?  Sure, but I think there could be some improvements.

Well for starters, I think this place could give you a better ratio of meat/eggs/pineapple to rice.  I felt the ingredients were lacking in quantity because the rice is very predominant when you eat it.  I’m use to fried rice that is just jammed packed with ingredients, but then again, this is probably region specific and catered to the local demographic…maybe people up north aren’t use to having lots of meat and what not in their rice.

The other gripe I have with this dish is just the sheer size of the pineapple and meat.  It’s way too big.  They need to cut it further down to smaller bits and pieces.  Fried rice is suppose to be cohesive and work in unity.  Here, I felt like I was eating rice with pineapple and sausage in it, it didn’t taste like the ingredients were working together, but rather separate entity.

The taste, however, or should I say flavoring is very on point.  It wasn’t overly strong like most places make them.  This is by far, the most important part of fried rice because if it doesn’t taste good, then why eat it, right?  So at least the taste is on point.  My main complaints were mainly pertained to texture and quantity, but I can overlook these points if the food is good, which it is.  NOTHING SPECIAL of course, but still good nonetheless.

A good little joint to have some fried rice if you want it, but that’s about it.  The other dishes were not bad, but forgettable.  Summary: Okay to good food in a place with an awesome name.


~ by thankgoditsfood on October 23, 2009.

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