Having a very rare day off, I somehow found myself transported from the southwest suburbs to Chinatown. I arrived at Taiwan Cafe, although I realized I wasn't particularly hungry.
I was tempted by the special Salt and Pepper Soft Shelled Crab, but I though it might be too much, and probably wouldn't carry over well if I couldn't eat it all. A fter a quick perusal of the menu, I settled on the luncheon special Ma Po Tofu.
First I was served a nice little bowl of soup. Nothing special, really just seemed like some clear chicken broth with some sliced seaweed, but it was a nice subtle start. Then my lunch arrived. Delicious. Uncomplicated, but somehow complex in flavor. Cubes of not-too-firm tofu, immersed in a gelatinous sauce consisting of chili paste with soy beans, and fresh garlic, with a bowl of white rice. I couldn't stop eating it.
The service was weak, not a problem for a quick lunch but i would expect more if I were there for dinner with others. The food more than made up for it though.
To further distance myself from my diet, I stopped and gathered a box of pastries--melon cake, black bean cake, moon cake, and pork bun to feast on later.