My friend and I made the trek out to the SGV last week so we could pop his Taiwanese cuisine cherry.
Since I wanted to go somewhere else besides Simbala and Sinbala, we came to Uncle Chen's. Located in a strip mall with tons of parking, this restaurant was a pleasant surprise.
We were greeted warmly by the waitress and sat down at one of the many tables. It was around 8:30 pm so there weren't that many customers. More food for me!
Since we were starving, we ordered way more food than we could eat. But, got a decent selection.
Sticky bamboo rice with dried pork sung. Hmm.. not really either of our faves, but it had an interesting texture. I liken it to sticky rice, but in a different shape.
Stewed tofu and seaweed: This was good, but you really gotta like seaweed and tofu. Otherwise, you'll probably be like ehhh.. not so much. I liked it, as did he, but we didn't love it.
Ong choy: Yeah! We both liked the veggie dish. How can you screw up Ong Choy? It's basically spinach, but with a much lighter flavor. It's just so damn good with a touch of garlic and stir fried in oil.
Wonton Soup: Huge wontons, good broth. I liked the lettuce in the broth. It was good, but not the best wonton soup I've had.
Pumpkin Rice Noodle: Yep, my favorite dish of the evening. Oh come on. You faithful readers know I'm a sucker for pumpkin mifun. Huge portion with good pieces of pumpkin, cabbage and tiny bits of shrimp. Bravo!
All this cost around $30. Cash only. Tell me where you can get all this food on the westside for the same price. McDonald's does not count!
I'd definitely come back. And the service was nice, so even better! A bit slow at times though, but I'll forgive that since my friend finally knows the difference between Chinese and Taiwanese food.
Verdict: Taiwanese food rules!
Uncle Chen's Taiwanese Cusine
529 E Valley Blvd, #178A
San Gabriel, CA 91776