Taiwanese food is still a bit hard to find these days. We had a few favorite spots over the years but none of them seemed to stay consistently great over time. It’s been a while since my family had a go-to Taiwanese place but my brother recently found one that has been able to fill his void, a flushing spot called Red Chopsticks 136-17 41st Avenue, New York, NY 11355. They do use red chopsticks, but the marketing or theme seems to end there. The color of the place is mostly wood and pretty standard looking for the area.

The soy beans are a unique complimentary offering and we enjoyed them as we tried to narrow down our choices. It seemed like as soon as our waitress left with our orders, the bowls of food came flying on. We’ve never seen food come out so fast before. They put McDonald’s to shame.

Soy Beans

I made sure to get some standards that are markers for me in Taiwanese food. #1 for me is oyster pancake. This one is a bit thick but the oysters are plump and it gets by if you need to satisfy that craving.

Oyster Pancake

#2 for me is Oyster and Noodle Threads Soup. This is the largest portion Ive ever seen and it is wonderful. The big juicy oysters are a real stand-out when some places don’t even use whole oysters in it. They have large chunks of intestine too but don’t be afraid. It’s a thick comforting bowl that can be slurped up with ease.

Oyster and Noodle Threads Soup

#3 for me is Lu Ro Fan, a chopped meat dish with gravy and pickled mustard greens. Often, as they did here, a red cooked egg accompanies this dish. It’s a classic Taiwanese lunch, comfort food for the working class. This one seems slightly lean for me. The sauce and meat need to be fattier but they are generous with the pickled mustard greens and that’s my favorite part.

Pork and Pickled Mustard Greens, Red Cooked Egg on rice

Seeing the tanks full of live seafood, we had to get Dungeoness Crab. The simple ginger and scallion preparation is perfect for such fresh seafood. Guess how much it was? $12.95! Unreal right?

Dungeoness Crab

They have a steamed white bun with red cooked pork inside and pickled mustard greens, calling it Chinese hamburger. Clever but the bun was dry and parts of the meat was dry as well.

Chinese Hamburger

Sophia got some vegetarian dishes, which of course we tried. The Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu was quite flavorful, just lightly spiced with Szechuan peppercorns.

Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu

The Bean Rice in Bamboo reminds me of the Korean grained rices but a bit drier.

Bean rice in Bamboo 2

The Chinese Cabbage is just a simple saute, but perfectly crunchy.

Chinese Cabbage

The Chinese pickles are sweet and sour, refreshing and addicting.

Chinese Pickles

The whole meal was only $50.50 for four people! I didn’t like some dishes but at those prices, I’ll likely go again when I’m craving some Taiwanese food.

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