The Tri-Valley's Asian Food Explosion
The Tri-Valley has seen an explosion of Asian cuisine this year, with otherwise nondescript strip malls suddenly offering a number of specialty markets and restaurants.
Ulferts Center (pictured below), at 4288 Dublin Boulevard, is scheduled to debut its flagship Koi Garden restaurant this month. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant, which specializes in seafood and dim sum, is the first offshoot of the phenomenally popular Koi Palace in Daly City. The center also houses other Asian eateries, many of which opened earlier this year. There’s a Chinese noodle house and a Chinese bakery, three Japanese restaurants (ramen, shabu-shabu, and sushi), Singapore Old Town Café, Thai Basil Express, and Vin Pearl Vietnamese restaurant.
At 7333 Regional Street in Dublin, 99 Ranch Market opened in late August in a space formerly occupied by Ralphs supermarket. This huge grocery store features a fantastic selection of Asian food products, bountiful produce and seafood sections, and a deli with plenty of Peking duck.
Meanwhile, Le Asia market has taken over another former Ralphs at 9100 Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon. Although it opened before the nearby 99 Ranch, Le Asia was still a work-in-progress in mid-September. Apart from an excellent seafood selection, large sections of the store were still under construction, and the rest was a hybrid mart of Asian and American products.
Photography by Yick Kai Chan