The Chinese name for Taiwanese Specialties is Old Snake Alley, a famous Night Market in Taipei. That’s fitting considering the large number of Taiwanese appetizers (23) small plates (10) and specials on their ambitious menu.
They even will hand you a special laminated menu that contains 15 specials in Chinese only and 10 listed in English and Chinese on the reverse side. There is no overlap between the two.
Two of these Chinese specials were ordered: Fragrant and Hot Shrimp
(香辣中蝦) and Plain Boiled Pork (蒜泥白肉). The Fragrant and Hot Shrimp were saucy and spicy while the Plain Boiled Pork (sliced pork belly) came with shredded ginger and a soy garlic dipping sauce.
Ginger Duck Soup in Hot Pot was ordered from the English language specials and was quite savory with generous pieces of chopped duck, sliced ginger, tofu, goji berries and red jujubes in a boiling broth.
Taiwanese Specialties serves up excellent versions of the Taiwanese Hamburger or Gua Bao (only $3.50), Oyster Pancakes and Braised Pork over Rice .
They feature plenty of offal dishes, soups and seafood as well as almost 20 “over rice” dishes like Beef Stew over Rice and Dried Bean Curd and Pork over Rice.
Taiwanese Specialties provides yet another solid reason to visit Elmhurst.
Taiwanese Gourmet, Corp.
老華西街台北菜館 (Lǎohuá Xījiē Táiběi Càiguǎn)
84-02 Broadway (corner of Broadway & St. James)
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Hours: Everyday from 11 am until 2 am.
Village Voice review:
84-02 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373