Whenever I want to have Taiwanese food, I’ll stay in the uptown area. There are a lot of Taiwanese restaurants to pick from, but among all, the following five are my favourite and each of them has something that I like in particular.
Mama Bear is famous for their stinky tofu, but my favourite dish there is the sticky rice. The taste and texture are both great. Since sticky rice is quite filling, I usually share it with friends so we can try more dishes.
I think the Ten Ren at Hwy 7 & Times Ave. serves the best bubble tea in town. The tea they use is really different from other bubble tea shops. And among all savoury dishes, I like their Taiwanese sausage & minced pork rice the most. They use a lot of ingredients in this dish, making it very colourful. For some people, one order of this is enough for two meals or people!
There’s always lineup at Tai Ping Siang during lunch time. They have my favourite Taiwanese bento set in town. Their popcorn chicken is irresistible and I love that they have a lot of side dish choices. And again, their portions are quite big too, so it’s good enough for two meals when I’m not in my super hungry mode.
Though they don’t make the best drinks, I sometimes go to Green Grotto with friends because they have a lot of magazines. Green Grotto is a great place to hang out and chat with your friends. Most Taiwanese snacks are deep-fried, so sometimes we’ll have the “marinated platter”, which has beef tripe, dried tofu, and egg. Compared to other tapas there, it’s really a healthier option.
I’m happy that they opened a new location at Pacific Mall because it’s way more convenient for me to enjoy their bentos now! I think their food quality is above average and consistent. There is no particular dish that I really love, but I find that my friends and I always order the same deep fried shrimp when we eat there. They use breadcrumb batter instead of tempura batter, so it’s not the type of thick batter with tiny shrimps. I also like the sauce they use – it’s the highlight of this dish!