Good Taiwanese food in Boston
- Seth Ditchik
There's a great Taiwanese restaurant in Boston's Chinatown: Taiwan Cafe (34 Oxford Street). We had clams with basil (really good), spicy anchovy (great dried fish dish), steamed vegetable dumplings (great) and tofu w/mustard greens (also great). Open until 1am--satisfy your taiwanese food craving even late! There an interesting looking Korean place across the street that I hope to report on soon.
Full disclosure: I found out about this place in the Boston Phoenix online.
I found out about this place from my sister-in-law, who's Taiwanese, when I was back in Boston visiting my family in September.
Unlike most places in Boston's Chinatown, the interior is clean and bright. But this is of little note compared to the food
The huge menu is packed with unusual delicacies and tempting combinations. We had baby spinach with yellow chives which was meltingly delicate. Crabmeat soup dumplings compared favorably to those at Joe's Shanghai in New York -- not as juicy, but the sauce was slightly more tangy... the only soup dumplings that have ever come close to Joe's, for me. I can't remember the rest of the meal except that it was wonderful. I have a copy of the menu at work and will post some of the other dishes I had when I get there.
Everyone: whether you live in Boston or are just visiting: go to Taiwanese Cafe! There certainly isn't anything like it in Manhattan, where I live... I have yet to try the Taiwanese (as opposed to Shanghai, Cantonese or Szechuan) restaurants of Flushing, where there are supposed to be some good ones. But they will have to be of a high standard indeed to beat Taiwanese Cafe.
I'll be going there this week if I have time, since I'll be home visiting my parents and boyfriend for T-day.
I've been there a few times. My first experience there was actually with Patrick. It was great. The dishes we had were (corrections here) Beef with Yellow Chives, and Sauteed Sprout of Snow Peas with Garlic. We also had the steamed pork buns, which I would call soup dumplings. They do not have crabmeat as the ones at Joe's Shanghai in NYC.
I've been back a few times, and had good food but wasn't as happy as the first time. The beef w/yellow chives was spicy hot when I had it there yesterday for lunch, which was a surprise as the previous two times I had it were not hot. The pea sprouts are slightly sweet, slightly bitter and quite good.
Chau Chau seafood has a sauteed young snow pea dish that is on par with Taiwan Cafe's. They run roughly $10, which is a lot for a vegetable dish, but worth having once in a while.