Taiwanese food in Cerritos?
I will be going to Cerritos for an opera tomorrow night, and I am not familiar with the area at all. I wonder if there is a place for Taiwanese food: stinky tofu, oyster noodle, shave ice....etc. A good Korean or Chinese place for noodles would also be great. Thanks for your help.
Back in the late 80's/early 90's, my parents used to stop in Cerritos on their way home(OC) to buy Taiwanese food. Plus all the Chinese tours which go to Vegas and SF and such would leave from Cerritos. Not sure how big the Taiwanese population is there these days, but there should still be stuff there. Unfortunately, I don't personally know where.
Some of those places are hidden as Tea shops like Dolphin Bay in Artesia where it is across the street from Ranch 99 market. It serve some decent eats like sausage and stinky tofu, but it is the drinks that draws the kids. It's not bad for a value.
The other one is called Yummy Bobba. It has those economic meals (essentially buy 4 dishes for twenty bucks or so). That one was decent. They have some decent toppings for shaved ice. Not bad of a find.
Guppy Teahouse is not really a Taiwanese food place. They are more HK cafe style food and a few other Chinese cuisine. That place cover so many types of dishes and is all over the place trying to cover all bases. I think they more known for their gigantic shaved ice.
Caanan is decent, but went downhill the last few years. I don't think they are true Taiwanese. About five years ago, they were not bad, but changed ownership since that time.
There is a Formosan restaurant that is double as a "Teppan" steakhouse in the same plaza as Yummy Bobba. I liked that place for some of the traditional comfort food. Not an endorsement, but Jay Chou and his hommies goes there for a meal a few times. Hey, if a Taiwanese pop star goes there, you might put it on the radar.
Hope you did go to a few of those places this weekend and not get stuck with bad imitation of Chinese food that is operated by Koreans. The two I can think of in Cerritos/Artesia area are not that good. LOL
18912 Norwalk Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701
17806 Pioneer Blvd Ste 103A, Artesia, CA 90701
Oh well, too late, but anyway... Dunno about Taiwanese. For Korean BBQ, faves are Jang Soo Jang (corner of Bloomfield & South) or Corner Place (on Gridley just south of South St). Cho Dang for hotpot Korean tofu is a popular spot (Artesia Bl just east of Norwalk Bl).
As already mentioned, Guppy Tea House for shave ice & such. And, agree, if over 30yo, prepare to feel ancient there.
I believe Canaan Restaurant, 11610 South St., next to the Sea Palace market is Taiwanese but I don't know if they have stinky tofu. A block away is a brand new restaurant that opened a couple weeks ago that I haven't tried called Ki Ki Beer House, 11700 South St., which sounds like a Taiwanese place. You can get shave ice across the street at Guppy Tea House, 11803 South St., if you don't mind hanging out with a lot of high school and college age kids.
I don't know of any place for traditional Taiwanese food anymore. There's Formosa Restaurant, but as it's been mentioned here before, they've changed their format.
Noodles...I can't vouch for how good they are anymore (I haven't been in about 20 years or so), but for Chinese, there's Kim Tar on Pioneer and 183rd, next to Diho Supermarket. I don't know enough about Korean places in the area, but there was one place I went to around Carmenita and South (I think) that serves those gummy black arrowroot noodles. They have other kinds as well, but that seemed to be primarily what they served. I don't know if they're still around, as that was probably 6-7 years ago. Sorry I can't be of more help.