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Formosa Taipei II, Nashua N.H.

crowdingthepan Jan 30, 2011 05:15 AM

My wife and I made Formosa Taipei II our Saturday dining destination this week, and we were treated to some very solid Taiwanese chow.

We started with xiao long bao, radish cakes, and Taiwanese potstickers. The soup dumplings look a little deflated in the photos, but their thin skins were actually quite full of broth. The radish cakes are similar to what you’ll find in a Cantonese dim sum joint, but thinner and a little less full of Chinese sausage, onion, etc. I’m amazed at the way well prepared Taiwanese potstickers, like the examples we were served at Formosa, stay plenty juicy despite the open ended wrappers.

We also split a bowl of beef noodle soup and a dish called “braised pork over the rice”. The former was a nice rendition with a tremendously rich broth, a strong five spice element, and a mild hit of heat. I wouldn’t have minded a little more spiciness, but I’m picking nits. “Pork over the rice” turned out to be some very nice soy braised pork belly with pickled daikon, soy sauce egg, bok choy, pickled mustard greens, and a delicious but unidentifiable purplish pickled substance that was also redolent of five spice (any help there?) served over white rice.

Not a bad dish in the bunch. We’ll be back.

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    cynergyou RE: crowdingthepan May 15, 2011 01:19 PM

    Thanks for the review. Someone recommended this restaurant to me and I've been meaning to try it. The dishes look tasty!

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      crowdingthepan RE: cynergyou May 15, 2011 03:48 PM

      I heard they closed since my January visit, but I don't get to that part of Nashua frequently enough to confirm or deny that rumor.

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        qianning RE: crowdingthepan May 17, 2011 03:58 AM

        last i heard it was closed for "renovation".

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          TimW RE: qianning May 19, 2011 02:53 PM

          my fiancée called the Lexington location last week to inquire about the Nashua "closed for renovation" sign and she was told that the Nashua location has closed for good.

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            cynergyou RE: TimW May 19, 2011 04:25 PM

            Thanks for the update. That's too bad. I guess we'll have to try the Lexington location.

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