A few years ago, I had a chance to visit Taiwan and had a great time. Since then, I have been craving for some good Taiwanese food. Though, I’m still on the hunt for some good Taiwanese breakfast (steamed rice noodles, fried dough with soy milk, taro balls), Taiwan Bento in Oakland provide a good fix in the meantime.
I got take out there for us last week. I ordered their Zha Jiang Mien:
Being much drier than the Korean version, it was much cleaner to eat. The flavors of the ground pork, bean curd, and soy bean mixture was delicious against the hand pulled noodles. (for more on my thoughts on the Korean version, see https://justcallmequeen.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/noodles-at-yuyu-zazang/)
We got two bento boxes – the fried pork chop:
And the braised pork:
The flavors of the braised pork was pretty intense, so this large amount of rice was actually enough to balance out the flavors. Both boxes included half of a tea egg (really great flavor – why not give me the whole thing??), edamame, and pickled vegetables. The pickled veggies were mild – not nearly as intense as kimchee.
They have homemade milk tea, which I opted to get without the tapioca balls, and 3 flavors of baos (buns with fillings):
Buns like these are my favorite Taiwanese food and much more authentic than what you can get from places like Chairman Bao in the bay area (https://justcallmequeen.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/chairman-bao/). From far left and clockwise, you have their braised pork belly, roast chicken, and fried chicken:
The pork belly was braised to a perfect degree of tenderness and with fantastic flavor. There is a peanut sauce at the bottom with some chopped greens for texture. Both the chicken baos had pickled veggies and a flavorful sauce to bind everything together. So yummy.
A great meal with leftovers to boot! http://www.taiwanbento.us/
For more on my adventures to Taiwan, check out: