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Taiwanese Weekend: TC and Shangri-La


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Taiwanese Weekend: TC and Shangri-La

Dave M.P. | Oct 3, 2004 06:39 PM

Ate at Taiwan Cafe on Friday night. The crispy tofu seemed like it had been sitting a bit and also was falling apart on the plate. It still tasted great though, so no huge complaints. We had the beef with bean curd and mustard greens (instead of pork, since we had a non-pork eater) was just as good as the pork, very nice as usual. We had a wonton soup which was very good, nice greens and a peppery broth with several wontons and noodles. Finally, I was disappointed by the ma-po tofu....the sauce tasted like it was a can of the store-bought kind dumped over some tofu. Very oily sauce....maybe it's supposed to be like this? It ended up tasting okay, but not up to par with other things at TC. Usually meals here are fantastic, this one was just 'good'.

Had brunch today at Shangri-La in Belmont. Overall very nice. Tried the small steamed buns with pork, I thought the pork filling wasn't too flavorful. The seaweed with garlic was VERY garlicky, just like at TC. Scallion pancake was freshly fried, crispy and delicious. And the 6 dollar order of bean curd skin was HUGE and tasty (though nothing extraordinary). The last dish (which came out about 10 mins after all the others) was a soup with glutinous rice balls with meat inside. This was my favorite item,, the rice balls were filled with a tastier meat filling than the buns (pork? beef? both?). These were served in a garlicky chicken broth with nice greens. We ate it all even though we had filled up on the other items. This was my first trip to Shangri-La and I enjoyed new apt. is closer to Chinatown than to Belmont though, so I may not get there very frequently. I'd definitely go back.

Dave M.P.

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