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Taipei Cafe In Rockville Report

Kurtis | Jan 15, 2016 12:56 PM

I think we are quite lucky to have abundance of restaurants that serve Taiwanese cuisine. I visited here recently and had a great meal picking from their menu and some specials with help of couple of very friendly servers. Here's what we had:

Dry Hot Pot (on special): this is very spicy mix of vegetables, seafood, chicken, tofu skin, noodles, with mild ma la, and every bit delicious. Originally this includes blood cake and intestines which we asked them to omit. Very addictive stuff, and I am sure to order this again, perhaps next time in original form. Marinade left at the bottom can be mixed into anything and would taste great. 4.5/5

Whole Steamed Fish w/ Ginger and Scallion in Soy Sauce (on special): this is one of my favorite Taiwanese dishes and they do it quite well here. Fish is good quality, and steamed just right. The soy sauce is bit too strong for the mild fish compared to ones I am used to, but still very flavorful. 4.25/5

Beef with Yellow Chives: chive here is the star and the chef treats them with respect and light touch. 4.25/5

Salt & Pepper Pork Chop: Very flavorful and on bit salty side as it is meant to be eaten with rice, it was a good rendition though slightly over-fried. 4/5

Rice Stuffed in Intestine (糯米大腸): I think it was sweet rice, and there was mild funk to the intestine here. Comes with sweet vinegar sauce to dip. Wasn't my favorite but could definitely be for offal lovers. 2/5

Watercress stir-fried: average to good. 3/5

We were here on a weekday evening and it was nearly empty. Looking forward to visiting here more to try out other stuff. There are a couple of outstanding Taiwanese in NYC (both are in Flushing) and this place would compete quite well with them.

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