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ISO Taiwanese sit-down, family-style dinner

52X | Jan 17, 201011:18 AM

hey LA chowhound peeps!

i'm searching for a really terrific sit-down dinner at a taiwanese restaurant(s) that offer some authentic staples (and/or taiwanese style versions of mainland dishes). i assume that the key locations for such a restaurant(s) would be SGV, rowland heights, or irvine?

ideally, i would hope to find great versions of such dishes as:
菜脯蛋 -scrambled eggs with vegetable
鴨紅 -duck's blood
炒臭豆腐 -sauteed stinky tofu
三杯雞 -3 cup chicken
豬腳麵 -pig's feet noodles (or just pig's feet)
香干肉絲 -shredded meat with dried bean curd
滷肉飯 -minced pork over rice
...and etc.

suggestions for places that prepare taiwanese street food are welcome, but not necessary for this particular trip. i'm slightly more interested in the sit-down family-style dinner type of meal. besides if there's room for street snacks, i assume a place like indian or sinbala would be a good fit? let me know if i'm wrong about that. :)

so you can kind of get the idea of what i'm looking for. of course i don't expect to find a single restaurant that does everything well, but if there's a spot that executes 1-2-3 dishes really really well, i would be happy.

as for taiwanese breakfast, i've come across threads that recommended places like Yi Mei and Four Sea for their 咸豆漿 (salty soy milk) and 飯團 (rice roll). thanks a lot for that LA hounds. but if there's one place that you personally would pick for my short time in LA for a great overall experience for taiwanese breakfast, which one would you choose?

and here's just a fun question for the sake of asking it since i'll be spending some time in that part of town anyway: for a taiwanese chinese guy like myself, is there a single taiwanese item(s) that's like a "must-do" or "cannot-miss" that will put the biggest smile on my face? it can be anything from sweets to savory.

i'll have a car, so i'll be willing to drive the distance for the cravings.

thanks so much in advance fellow hounds! i'll certainly report back and let you know where i end up going :)

you guys rock!

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