The owner of Valencia Asian Market, Zen Bunchien, said he closed on June 30 after struggling to respond to numerous code enforcement complaints filed by Palo Alto Fit, a private personal training company above the restaurant at 3487 El Camino Real. Complaints related to issues like noise and smoke, he said.
Valencia Asian Market owner Zen Bunchien, left, and chef Orlando Perez prepare dishes in 2015. Photo by Michelle Le/Palo Alto Weekly.
Bunchien said he's hoping to reopen in Palo Alto and is "looking for a location every day." Valencia Asian Market, also known as VAM, served fusion tacos, dim sum, milk tea and other Asian dishes.
Valencia Asian Market's replacement, Dumpling City, opened earlier this month. The menu includes a range of traditional dumplings with fillings like pork, chicken, shrimp, lamb and vegetables as well as dishes like five-spice marinated beef and tofu salad. Noodle soups and vegetable dishes are on the menu but not yet available, employee Bo Niu said on Tuesday.
Dumpling City is now open at 3487 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Photo by Elena Kadvany.
Each order of dumplings comes with 12; they range in price from $5.95 to $9.95. Check out some photos of employees making the dumplings on Yelp.
Customers can also buy frozen dumplings to make at home.
Dumpling City is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out a menu selection below: