With one of the largest populations of Taiwanese-Americans in the United States, the Bay Area is home to some of the country’s top authentic Taiwanese cuisine restaurants. One of the more notable establishments is the Taiwanese-owned China Bee Restaurant in San Mateo (31 South B Street). From the first sip of its homemade sour plum drink, with its smoky flavor, diners know they have found a place that can satisfy their craving for real Taiwanese food.
When the Bee family first emigrated from Taiwan in 1977, Mrs. Bee quickly earned a reputation for her cooking. Many encouraged her to open a restaurant and she finally did so in 1992. Today, the restaurant continues to be a family-run business. On most days, Nancy, Mrs. Bee’s daughter, is there to welcome customers with a warm smile. About 75 percent of the diners are regulars and many she knows by name or recognizes. Growing up in her parents’ restaurant, Nancy says the customers are drawn to the China Bee because their flavors are stronger, with less oil and salt.
After 21 years, the restaurant continues to be a popular destination for Taiwanese people seeking the familiar comforting taste they grew up with and a new crop of foodies looking to try a good stinky tofu dish. The restaurant is especially crowded on weekends, when diners come from all over the Bay Area for its weekend brunch dishes. Among their popular daily dishes are spicy beef noodle soup, stinky tofu, pork chop rice plate and an assortment of other favorites shown below.
Web contest to pick your favorite snack foods
Besides its breathtaking natural landscapes, Taiwan is also well-known for its wealth of delicious street foods. Take a stroll through any of the island’s many night markets and you will be able to refresh yourself with a bowl of Taiwanese shaved ice or maybe, for the more adventurous palate, some pig-blood cake. Let us know your favorite Taiwanese snack food by casting your vote online.
The contest, sponsored by the Government Information Office, will run until September 28. In selecting “Taiwan’s Yummy Snacks,” eight of Taiwan’s specialty foods have been chosen to face off in four rounds. In the first round, pig-blood cake battles stinky tofu; in round two it is oyster omelet against the Taiwanese meat ball; in the third round, steamed dumplings will be matched up against braised pork rice; and the closing round will pit pearl milk tea against mango shaved ice.
Participants need only log on to the contest website to vote for their favorite food. Contestants may only cast a single vote each round, and all those who voted for the winner will be entered into a prize drawing. The top prize for each round is a Garmin portable GPS system.
Participants who select the winner in all four rounds will also be entered to win a special prize—an HTC smartphone. To access the contest website, please visit: http://www.taiwan.gov.tw/Taiwansnacks/.
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