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By Elena Kadvany

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.