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My first stop after checking into my hotel in Taipei was to grab lunch at Din Tai Fung. Din Tai Fung is most famous for their soup dumplings aka Xiao Long Bao. The first original shop is located on Da’an Street in Taipei. Due to it’s popularity, there are many branches not only around Taipei, but also all over the world. Unfortunately, one hasn’t made it to New York yet. I stopped by their Zhongxiao Branch which was just 2 blocks away from my hotel.

There are 10 pieces with one order of Xiao Long Bao. In addition, I also ordered a bowl of hot and sour soup and a small dish of sauteed sugar pea shoots with garlic. First, the dumplings were delicious. The wrapper was so thin, yet sturdy enough to not break when you like it up with your chopsticks. They come piping hot, so if you don’t want to scald your tongue with the juices inside the dumpling, let them cool just a little bit. The hot and sour soup was just okay; it wasn’t sour enough or spicy enough. The pea shoots sauteed with just some fresh garlic were perfect. 

If I closed my eyes and just listened to the table conversations next to me, I swear I was in Japan. Din Tai Fung is quite popular with Japanese tourist, and all the servers speak Japanese fluently. In addition to Chinese and English the menus also have Japanese.

Din Tai Fung, Taipei Zhongxiao Branch, No. 218, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Rd., Da’an District, Taipei City (Alley 216)

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Taiwanese Food from a Truck…Oh So GOOD!
The NYC Cravings truck is one of my favorite food trucks in NYC.  Why? Because the food is great, the portions are huge, and the price is reasonable.  NYC Cravings offers a menu of Taiwanese cuisine. I usually order their Taiwanese fried chicken over rice with pork sauce. For $7 you get two fried chicken legs and pork sauce over rice. Oh my, that pork sauce is to die for!  The sauce is made with chopped preserved mustard greens with ground pork and maybe with a little bit of Chinese five spice powder. I can eat five bowls of rice with this pork sauce alone…it is that good! However, you should not eat this everyday as its major downside is that it is super greasy and salty.
P.S. Try to get there fairly early because the lines can get pretty long! They usually open for lunch around 11:30AM.
Follow nyccravings on Twitter for their weekly locations or visit their website at www.nyccravings.com. 

Taiwanese Food from a Truck…Oh So GOOD!

The NYC Cravings truck is one of my favorite food trucks in NYC.  Why? Because the food is great, the portions are huge, and the price is reasonable.  NYC Cravings offers a menu of Taiwanese cuisine. I usually order their Taiwanese fried chicken over rice with pork sauce. For $7 you get two fried chicken legs and pork sauce over rice. Oh my, that pork sauce is to die for!  The sauce is made with chopped preserved mustard greens with ground pork and maybe with a little bit of Chinese five spice powder. I can eat five bowls of rice with this pork sauce alone…it is that good! However, you should not eat this everyday as its major downside is that it is super greasy and salty.

P.S. Try to get there fairly early because the lines can get pretty long! They usually open for lunch around 11:30AM.

Follow nyccravings on Twitter for their weekly locations or visit their website at www.nyccravings.com

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If you know me well, you would know that I absolutely LOVE pork belly.   
I was particularly excited when I heard about BaoHaus located in the Lower East Side which serves Taiwanese style pork buns called “gua baos” or stewed pork belly wrapped in steamed mantou buns.  
I ordered two of the “Chairman Baos”- the name of their pork belly option. They also have a tofu vegetarian option and a skirt steak bao. Oh boy was it good! The meat was so tender, soft and tasty with the addition of their pickle mustard relish, cilantro, red sugar, and crushed peanut garnishes.  All the flavors were so familiar to me; it tasted like slow home cooking. But because of this, all I could think of was that this could be so easily replicable.  Who am I kidding? I’m probably not going to be making pork belly anytime soon.  I can’t wait to go back to BaoHaus!  
BaoHaus, 137 Rivington Street (near Norfolk), NY, NY 10002 www.baohausnyc.com 

If you know me well, you would know that I absolutely LOVE pork belly.   

I was particularly excited when I heard about BaoHaus located in the Lower East Side which serves Taiwanese style pork buns called “gua baos” or stewed pork belly wrapped in steamed mantou buns.  

I ordered two of the “Chairman Baos”- the name of their pork belly option. They also have a tofu vegetarian option and a skirt steak bao. Oh boy was it good! The meat was so tender, soft and tasty with the addition of their pickle mustard relish, cilantro, red sugar, and crushed peanut garnishes.  All the flavors were so familiar to me; it tasted like slow home cooking. But because of this, all I could think of was that this could be so easily replicable.  Who am I kidding? I’m probably not going to be making pork belly anytime soon.  I can’t wait to go back to BaoHaus!  

BaoHaus, 137 Rivington Street (near Norfolk), NY, NY 10002 www.baohausnyc.com