Aww yes Dai Ho!
This is probably one of the more famous Taiwanese restaurants in the state. You got TW peeps from the Bay to Irvine that come here. Only open from 1130am-300pm. If you are looking for QPR this is not the place. Small bowl of noodles will run you $8 and the xiao tsai/lu wei is almost double or more for what you pay for at others. Is it double the taste though???
I have to say first that my Grandma is from Taiwan via Shandong. So things like dumplings, beef noodles, lu wei beef, etc I grew up on. Beef Noodle soup can be personal and I know what I like (savory, beefy, spicy, a little sweet, homemade pickled veg, wide thick noodles that hold small drops of the soup, no chilli oil slick on top). I know Dai Ho is known by some for the beef noodles but Taiwanese in the know, know better.
Cold Noodles. Great QQ on the noodles. The sauce is okay, maybe a little more nutty would be welcomed.
Lu Wei platter. Beef Tripe, Pig Ears, and Pork Shank. I was going to get the Beef, but was quoted almost $40 for a small roll. Say what??? Next time since I wanted to try other things and I only brought 3 Andrew Jackson’s from the ATM. This was delicious.Well marinated, not dry. Brought back memories when I used to make sandwiches out of Lu Wei meats…lettuce, tomato, and a little mayo lol. I don’t know why but it worked! Next time I’ll get the beef.
Zha Jiang Noodles. The sauce is great! Too bad about the noodles being mushy and not QQ. This would have been a good bowl!!
Meh. Not worth the markup. Nothing really stands out in this. No flavor punch from the veg. Best to order this at a Shanghainese joint. This is my fault for ordering this.
Papaya/Mu Gua. Get this!!! Nice crunch texture. A little sweet, a little vinegary, and a little spicy. One of the better Xiao Tsai’s I had in a awhile.
I’ll be back to try some other items here. Such as Lu Wei Beef, Dan Dan Noodles, more of the Xiao Tsai, and maybe the chicken soup. It was nice hearing the owner and customers speaking Taiwanese to each other. I find it comforting in a way??
Big Softee at the GREEN roof plaza on Atlantic x Garvey.
Got the Hojicha Softee and cold HK Milk Tea. They didn’t have HK Milk Tea Softee! I assume this was a signature flavor? How you not have this? I enjoyed both btw. But I also love me those Vanilla Cones at McD’s so what does that say??