I went to grab dinner at Well Tea‘s downtown location last week. It was my first time visiting this multi-location bubble tea and Taiwanese restaurant.
I decided to order 2 common Taiwanese street foods from the menu, because there are no better way to test the authentic of Taiwanese food than seeing if they got the street foods right. I ordered the Pork in Thick Soup and the Noodles with meat sauce.
The noodles came first, the meat sauce gave off a real nice aroma. After mixing the sauce and the noodles together, I had my first bite, and it was a disappointment. The meat sauce had ground pork and small pieces of tofu, and it was stewed in soy sauce. It tasted really one dimensional, salty.
Next came the pork in thick soup. The portion size of this soup was large. It had a lot of ingredients in it, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, pork, wood ear..etc. It looked authentic, but taste wise, it’s not even close. It’s missing the distintive flavor that makes the soup ‘pork in thick soup’. Other than tasting nothing like it’s supposed to taste, it’s not bad in general.
My friend ordered a Seafood hotpot. It came with a bowl of steamed rice. Not sure if it’s just seafood hot pot that does this, but he had to ask the waitress to light up the flame underneath the clay pot twice. There was a lot of waiting for the soup to get warm, and the soup never reached boiling point, and the ingredients in it were barely lukewarm.
Food wasn’t great, definitely not on my recommendation list for Taiwanese food.