Sunday afternoon, we went looking for some cheap eats that wouldn't resemble anything I can cook. While I was happy with our choice of Taiwan Restaurant, Michael was thrilled. He spent most of the meal reminiscing about specific dishes from past meals at the Taiwan in Berkeley after Mac User Group Meetings. I can tell we will be back, ordering all his old favorites to see how well this branch does.
445 Clement Street
White Turnip Cakes $2.95 four big crispy cakes with sauce on the side. The thick red-ish sauce was a little sweet for me but I added a dab of hot sauce and ate my share happily.
Shanghai Dumplings $5.25 - I order this whenever possible, hoping to find a perfect version here in the city. Its not on the English menu, you have to ask for it. Its eight big steamed dumplings with ginger sauce on the side. It was disappointing, not only was there no soup, the filling was not even close to juicy.
Mu Shi Pork $6.25 A large serving that comes with 4 pancakes and sauce. The pancakes were much more sturdy than usual which was quite nice. The filling had lots of nice crunchy cabbage. Yummy. We ate half and took the other half to go.
Spicy Hot Tofu $4.95 big chunks of soft tofu in a spicy sauce. I was pretty full by this point so I only had a couple of bites which I definitely enjoyed. We took this order to go.
The next day, we each had a big mu shi pork roll for lunch.
The next evening, I made a slaw out of shredded some napa cabbage (as small a shred as my mandoline does), tossed lightly with canola oil, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds & a touch of fresh lime juice. I served the spicy hot tofu on top of the slaw (in lieu of white rice which I minimizing my intake of). It was absolutely delicious! I was very happy we over-ordered.
The total with tip was $23 which makes it a really great deal considering two of us had 3 meals each.