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Great roast meats at Wai Wai on Oxford (& taiwan cafe)

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Great roast meats at Wai Wai on Oxford (& taiwan cafe)

joypirate | Mar 11, 2004 01:37 PM

I saw this place the other day and I had to try it, it's got a cool hidden, dingy look to it, like it'd make a great gangster hideout. It's the Wai Wai Ice Cream parlor & restaurant (Hong Kong style). So far, so good. They were out of the spicy beef tripe over rice, so I went with the roast pork and duck over rice and man, it may be better than Hong Kong Eatery, more research is required. The skin is REALLY fatty on both, so be warned (as in, up to 1/4 inch). But that was some really, really flavorful meat, with a good ladelful of soy sauce w/scallions over it all. The pieces of duck were truly sublime, especially the bit of gizzards I got - wow. I might have caught a bit of an anti-un-Chinese vibe but that could have just been the language barrier (no one really spoke english). The menu was mostly in marker, lots of tripe (good sign), lots of noodle soups that I will return for, no appetizers to speak of, no takeout menus or chopsticks for to-go orders. Menu consisted of meats over rice, meats in soup, meat in lo mein (including spicy beef tripe lo mein, definitely on my list) and dessert drinks & teas. I also plan to try the ice creams, they had ginger, coconut and maybe 4 or 5 more basic flavors.

Also, I had the pork tripe w/4 essences soup from Taiwan Cafe yesterday and it was blech-o-rama. It had some sort of barley/quinoa in it which certainly didn't help matters. Very mediocre. Maybe I'm not familiar with the ideal of this soup but this really didn't do it for me, a self-professed lover of tripe. Though yesterday's trip did convince me that Taiwan Cafe has the best dipping sauce for scallions pancakes (but certainly not the best scallion pancakes).

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