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Ryowa, Tiawanese across the street

fredinski | Mar 11, 200401:29 PM     3

Well I finally got to Ryowa in Berkeley, I had the wonton and noodle, side of gyoza, enjoyed the slightly cloudy pork based soup with meaty by japanese standards wonton and the noodles were done just like I like em slightly al-dente, the topping came with some sheets of seaweed and some wakame(more seaweed, its not dried) bamboo shoots were just ok not seasoned, green onions, a sprinkle of sesame seeds and egg. The gyoza were excellent for $3.50 ;)
anyway I really liked Roywa but I had cut through the Tiawanese rest as a shortcut from the parking lot in the back and to check it out to get to Ryowa. Well the first table I passed had what looked like pig feet of sort with a dark brown glaze served in a thick metal pot like clay pot dish. Well that image along with the braised tofu and other dishes stuck in my mind while eating ramen so on my way back through I had to have that pork dish I found out was actually Homestyle Cooked Chicken? Delicious, braised (20 min)in the pot with ginger, soy, touch of star anise, maybe onions garinshed with fresh basil. The sauce was thick from cooking and it just kick ass can i say that? I know I've had this dish before but this was excellent. I almost ate it all. I'm going back for more.

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