Gourmet Taiwanese Burgers At Bun Bun in Arcadia
Following heed from TonyC's tweet, I headed to the newly opened Bun Bun Gourmet Taiwanese Hamburgers and Tea House in Arcadia. The main attraction there is the 101 Tower Burger, which is a beef or pork (your choice) Taiwanese cheeseburger with a fried egg and who knows what else on top. However, I'll leave that one to those of you with healthier arteries than myself (or those who do not care). While they have mostly beef and pork burgers, they also have chicken and fish, too. The chicken burger has that popcorn chicken taste, five spice powder, I presume, and is pretty good, even without the optional spice and fried egg. This is located in the same shopping center as Chang's Garden and the Arcadia Supermarket, and is just a few doors down from Sin Ba La. Address is 651 W. Duarte Road, #C.
627 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007
I went this weekend. I wouldn't really call it gourmet, but it's a decent fast-food burger, on the same level as In N Out. For those who are on the boat of saying the fixin's make the burger, this is the right burger to have. For those who are all about the meat, I'd look elsewhere.
I got the beef burger w/ an egg on it. As a whole, the burger was delicious and not too sweet. The patty itself does taste different than the more traditional western burgers, but had no identifiable beefy taste. The texture was springy, almost like a breakfast sausage patty. By itself, it had no strong taste, but man, did it taste good in the whole package.
The veggie patty, I'm pretty sure is not made in-house. It's one of those soy-pork patties that you can get from the Chinese market. I'm not saying that they *can't* make it in house, but it would be pretty labor intensive if they did so, and it tasted exactly like what you could buy at the store. Will got his in the rice bun and it held together surprisingly well.
They also gave us a free sample of something they called a veggie eggroll, but was more like one of those veggie tempura (taiwanese tien-pu-la) sticks that was deep fried. Pretty good! I think it'll be on the menu soon.
The fries were the worst part about the meal. They were crispy, but only lukewarm. I did like the dipping sauce they came with though.
The veggie egg roll "skin" seemed to be doufu pi, not egg roll wrapper.
They did first say that the patty is made in-house, but also allowed that it's frozen. It's possible that they buy big blocks of soy meat and make the patties out of it, but I am also guessing that it's just purchased.
I was trying to pinpoint the exact location and then realized it replaced Genki Living, the Japanese dessert place.
Taiwanese burgers? I'm still looking for the tripe "burger" using stinky tofu slices as the bun that Andrew Zimmern had in Taiwan.
651 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007