I took (dragged) my inlaws to the Taiwanese Cuisine place of the Chowhound outing last Sunday (9338 Bellaire). I tried two new things today, and wanted to give a quick follow up report.
Seafood Coffin: This thing was GREAT! Kind of a cross between shrimp toast and a seafood chicken pot pie. They take a chunk of bread about five inches long, five inches wide, and three inches tall, and hollow it out, fry it to the consistency of shrimp toast, then fill it with an assortment of delicious seafood in a rich creamy sauce. I found shrimp, squid, and most yummie of all - oysters - in there. If you're taking less adventuresome people here for dinner, its a good dish to order, very palatable for all...
Wu-Geng Intestine: Okay... I asked Tim to try a dish that was very authentically Taiwanese, this is what he recommended. He said almost all Taiwanese who eat there will order this. This is sliced intestine and chunks of jellied pork blood cooked with onions and pickled greens in a rich spicy red sauce. At first, the dish smelled kind of funky, but after I started eating it, it was very good! Very different and "non-western" but interesting, spicy, and full of flavor.
Bottom line, if you like expanding your food horizons, try the wu-geng intestine. If you want something easy, palatable, and VERY yummie, try the seafood coffin. A real treat!