A friend of mine was craving Taiwanese Pork Chop, so we ended up at none other than the "Taiwan Pork Chop House" in Chinatown. Knowing that Good Taiwanese Cuisine is quite lacking in NYC Chinatown, we were a bit skeptical…even with a restaurant named "Taiwan Pork Chop House".
For an appetizer, we got the Red-Oil Wontons, a dish that I was looking forward to trying after seeing all the photos posted on Yelp. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectation. It was totally bland and had only the tiniest bit of meat filling. My friend enjoyed it because he was all about the wonton skin and didn't care much about the fillings.
The Salt and Peppered Chicken, a classic Taiwanese street food, was overly oily, under seasoned, and basically bare no resemblance to the classic that it's meant to represent.
The fried chicken over rice was definitely the most well executed dish of the meal. The chicken was lightly fried on the outside and perfectly juicy on the inside. The minced pork and mustard greens that came with the rice made the dish even more authentic. I would come back for this dish.
Even though the pork chop wasn't really a "traditional" Taiwanese pork chop, it was a yummy nonetheless. Very tender and juicy.
I have never met a Taiwanese shaved ice that I didn't like...until now. The taro tasted like it was half thawed and not fresh. The red bean and green bean weren't quite sweet enough. The fact that I didn't even bother to finish this dessert speaks volumes!
Verdict: BBB. I have come to terms with the fact that good Taiwanese Pork Chop just doesn't exist in NYC. With that realization, I guess this is not a bad place to get cheap, chicken or pork chop over rice.
Taiwan Pork Chop House
3 Doyer Street (off of Bowery Street)