After about a week of sampling the various SGV pizza joints, I thought it was time to go back to my roots.
This meant one thing, Taiwanese street food.
Normally, such cravings call for QQ Kitchen, but this time I headed over to WON WON KITCHEN. As it stands now, WON WON is really like QQ Version 2.0. That is, the former owner (and staff) of QQ sold the restaurant and then opened up this place literally next door (ok, in the adjacent strip mall, but still ...).
Given its pedigree, it's no surprise that WON WON's menus is nearly identical to the one over at QQ. Old Taiwanese favorites abound, including things like oyster and egg, fish ball soup, pork chop rice, thin noodles (or what the menu calls "rice stick noodles"), etc. There's also glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves (or zhongzi) or what the menu affectionately calls "Taiwanese Tamales". I chuckled as I read this -- pretty sure our hispanic friends would find this amusing and those other Asian cultures slightly affronted seeing that Taiwan has no real culinary right to claim this food item its very own.
But I digress, this is about the food and more specifically eating it -- and not about food pedigree and family trees.
If you've ever been to QQ, the food is generally the same at WON WON, although some notable items are missing that I truly treasured at QQ.
This included the black pepper chicken rice and (of all things to omit from a Taiwanese joint) stinky tofu!
But alas, if you ask nicely the kitchen will provide both upon request.
If you are ever in the Temple City area and Dai Ho up the street is a bit too crowded or you're just too intimidated to face the "Chinese noodle nazi" or the sardine can seating arrangement at QQ is too appetitite suppressing, head to WON WON and give it a try. Service is prompt and friendly and nothing is over 4.95.
WON WON KITCHEN
9461 Las Tunas Dr.
9441 1/2 Las Tunas Dr.