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Fresh back from Tea Garden, my impressions

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Fresh back from Tea Garden, my impressions

Wendy Lai | Jan 28, 2005 11:56 PM

Okay, finally made it to this take-out joint that is highly raved about for its Taiwanse street style food. I was surprise at the tiny size of this place, and its cleaness. The menu was extremely small, maybe 10 things total. The service was super friendly and helpful.

Now the food. I ordered their beef noodle soup, pork chop rice plate, gua bao (roast pork bun), and ja jien mein (sorry I can't spell Chinese, but it's the dry noodle with meat sauce).

The thumbs way up are the pork chop and the gua bao. If not for the damn traffic, I'd gotten home sooner and would have been able to enjoy the crunchy coating of the fried pork chop. The pickle veggie served on the side was so tangy and spicy, adding the perfect kick to this perfect chop meal. I'm not used to eating big hunk of fat, but I wanted to on this gua bao. The pork was stewed to meltingly tender, thin meat slices alternating between layer of fat really felted into the fluffy white bun. Towards the bottom of the bun was more pickled veggies and some cilantro, adding a bit crunch and contrast to the fatty pork.

Unfortunatly, I have to say I didn't enjoy the beef noodle soup that much. It wasn't bad, but it was that great either. Gosh, I wanted to like it, especially since the chef lady was so nice to me... Anyway, the noodles was too squishy and soaked up too much soup. I did ask her to pack the soup and noodle seperately, but she thought it was unnecessary. I think next time I'll insist. The beef was very good, tender yet still retaining flavor, its essense not all imparted to the soup. I think I prefer my soup to be spicy, their was not at all. Overall, I think I prefer Fourune Garden in Union City more.

The ja jien mien fair better since it didn't have any liquid to soak up during my drive home. The meat sauce was nice and flavorful, but again the noodle was slightly overcookd for my taste.

This is a place I'll go back again because I think the food has great potential. I will eat there next time, even if I have to stand. I think the food will benefit greatly if eaten right out of the kitchen.

Also available are a huge selection of bubble teas and baked goods. All the food cost me $24 and change.

I asked them if business has been good. They told me since their exposure on Chowhound, business have been great. I'm so glad to hear that!

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