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Taiwanese food in Cerritos?

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fdb Feb 13, 2009 10:29 PM

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.

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    fdb RE: fdb Feb 14, 2009 12:21 PM

    anyone?

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      mrhooks RE: fdb Feb 14, 2009 12:58 PM

      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.

      1. Chandavkl RE: fdb Feb 14, 2009 02:11 PM

        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.

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          pharmnerd RE: fdb Feb 14, 2009 08:57 PM

          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.

          1. Pepsi Monster RE: fdb Feb 15, 2009 01:52 PM

            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

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            Yummy Boba
            18912 Norwalk Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

            Dolphin Bay
            17806 Pioneer Blvd Ste 103A, Artesia, CA 90701

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              fdb RE: fdb Feb 15, 2009 05:18 PM

              Thanks all. Your suggestions will come in handy on my next outing to the area.

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                huaqiao RE: fdb Feb 16, 2009 08:10 AM

                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.

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                  fdb RE: fdb Feb 28, 2009 09:02 AM

                  Will be making my way down for a concert tonight. Do any of these places open for late night dining-say after 10 pm?

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                    Chandavkl RE: fdb Feb 28, 2009 09:43 AM

                    I'm guessing KiKi Beer House would open that late, like all of the other Taiwanese beer restaurants do. Also suspect that the nearby Hong Kong style cafe (Four Season) also opens late.

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                      fdb RE: Chandavkl Feb 28, 2009 11:07 AM

                      Thanks. Have you tried KiKi? Wonder if the food is good.

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                        Chandavkl RE: fdb Feb 28, 2009 12:33 PM

                        Was planning to go there yesterday but the traffic headed in that direction was too bad and ended up going to Monterey Park instead. You can be the guinea pig. Note also that if you want shaved ice, Guppy Tea House will be open, but also overrun by kids.

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