SGV Changes: Taipei Village replaced by Anu Delicious Food
Lots o' changes & upcoming openings, at least based on my patrol, some of which aren't hot pot or boba places.
Taipei Village, the Liang's under another name on Las Tunas in Arcadia is no more, replaced by Anu Delicious Food (or something like that).
Among my many stops, this was not one, so it's up to someone else to check in and report back on menu, style, etc.
This looks like it could be a very interesting place with interesting dishes. Check out the gallery of dishes on Yelp. Descriptions from the actual menu may be misleading. Marinated tofu was actually much more exciting, vegetarian chicken with three color vegetables. Fish with bean cake wasn't tofu and I frankly don't know what it was. Looks like minced garlic, maybe tiny tofu bits? Certificates all over the wall from their Tasmanian location I imagine.
I had bought a Groupon coupon for this place and go to try it out last week.
It seems a large space with a main dining hall, and a smaller space to the left (when facing inside). Since I was a solo diner, I was seated in this less crowded space.
I ordered (in the sequence it arrived and was tasted):
Sautéed Beef w Sesame - this was the best dish - think rectangular lengths of beef, succulent with a dried slightly crunchy exterior, with red peppers, roasted peanuts, slices of garlic, sprinkled with sesame seeds. It was served in a very elegant earthenware pan with a handle, and on a doily! It was not oily at all, but very soft and flavorful - I could eat this all day.
Yu-Shiang Shredded Pork - I wanted a pork dish, and this seemed to fit the bill - but was not unique. Tasty bits of shredded pork, water chestnuts, black ear fungus, in a slightly sour-sweet sauce. I had not ordered rice, so this was not the best dish to eat w/o rice.
(Stir fried rice noodles: I had wanted to order this, but the waiter said they were out of this) so instead I ended up ordering:
Stir fried noodle w pork - This was quite tasty, and had a nice wok hey.
I brought back a lot of food to eat later - and ended up eating it two days later. I was amazed at how good it still tasted when heated up in the microwave oven!
They have a good lunch special deal, but they did not have a takeout menu - I was told by two gentleman at the reception counter that they were printing it and would be available soon.
Got to go back with more company so I can try more of their exotic dishes like those mentioned in the review below:
Jonathan Gold's review:
I've had the unfortunate opportunity to dine at Awu twice (don't ask me why -- both times it was as a polite guest feigning unwitting enthusiasm).
The first was before I came across JGold's review. The second after.
As it stands now, and as I write this, I am more than certain that JGold's reviews are more irrelevant than ever. Not that they were all that relevant to begin with.