Formosa Restaurant takes over the spot previously occupied by old Sam Wong Korean-Chinese restaurant - which had pretty bad food.
The restaurant claims to serve Taiwanese Cuisine. It is not a small eats place, but a full menu restaurant. The menu consisted over a hundred items from the standard Taiwanese fare such as Three Cup chicken (#42) and Stir-Fried Clam (#73) to Sichuan items such as husband and wife beef & tendon (#13) and Ma Po Tofu (#91).
However, I was there to try the small eats and sampled three dishes:
Chao Mifun (Fried Rice Noodle) came on a huge plate. This is a childhood favorite street food of mine, where I used to eat them off of push cart food stalls. This version is very good and had good wok breadth, stir fried dry with bits of ground pork and bean sprouts. (A)
(The following two are not on the take out menu, so not sure what their # is)
Oyster Pancake also came on a big plate. The size was big but the ratio of ingredients were off, so there was too much cornstarch and not enough egg or oyster. It was also swimming in a bed of oil. (C)
Tu-Tuo Fish (Porridge) Chowder is a classic Taiwanese porridge with mackarel fish pieces deep fried and put into the porridge. The fish here was too tough and not tender at all, which sort of ruins the whole dish. (C)
Overall I think this place is worth exploring further, if not for the small eats, at least for all the varieties of other Taiwanese, Sichuan, and other dishes.
1655 S. De Anza Blvd.
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