3050 Alafaya Trl
Oviedo, FL 32765 I have been spending a great amount of time in Oviedo, or East Orlando as some call it this summer . It has worked out quite well for me as a food blogger, My daughter in law lives here and she is happy to show me all the restaurants, puts up with my food picture-taking, our food and others, and if the lighting is bad she will shine the flashlight app installed on her phone so I can get the shot.. I love this woman. So this visit we hit several places, and I have to confess my favorite was Taipei 101. I know nothing about Taiwan Cuisine, but I do know what I like and Asian is at the top of my food pyramid. And it’s always a plus for me when I am eating at a specific ethnic spot and I am the only person not of that ethnicity in the place. Gives it creditably for me. On entry, simply walk up to the counter and take a look at the board for the specials of the day, or snatch a menu off the counter. If you come during lunch time, I suggest if you have a companion with you, have them snag a seat. They also have a brisk take out service. This is a hole in the wall spot and it fills up and stays full. Or if your open, just share a table if there is room. I often ask “may I sit with you”to some poor unsuspecting solo diner.
Once, you select just take a seat and your food will be served. Most of the items appear to be cooked upon order, so there may be a wait, but please trust me here, you will be so rewarded. We started with Sweet and Sour Soup and the Taiwanese Sausage. Soup was better than most I have had in a spell, it did not have the jelly like consistency I have tasted in the past. Not quite as spicy as I would have liked but still a winning dish. There were many treats to enjoy.
Sausages are home made, and have a most pleasant aroma and taste of 5 Spice. Texture was somewhat new to me, but I found it pleasant in my mouth. I would order this again for sure, and would love to have it on one of the beautiful buns I saw arriving on other tables.
Taiwanese sausage with garlic
Being the carb monster I had to choose the Rice Noodles with minced port This was a good but safe choice on my part. With all the unknown items open to me, I went safe. I was disappointed in myself but not the dish. It was really wonderful, fragrant with spices, loaded with pork for the price it was a steal. I normally would load a dish like this with Sriracha, Hoisen or some other Asian style condiment. This held it own, needed nothing.
Now my companion chose wisely, a golden filet of Basa fish, light and flaky, served with white rice, or noodles, tea cooked egg, slices of the sausage. I am not a big fried fish person, yet was happy to have several pieces of this particular fish. I could not identify the breading, not panco, or flour perhaps well crushed crackers. Delightful. Again for the price the amount of food is a steal.
As I looked at the tables around us, there was such an interesting display of dishes, I was giddy with pleasure watching people just enjoy good simple food. I was bold enough to ask if I could shoot some of the dishes, and true to form, people are more willing than not to indulge me. Take a look
This was next to us, and the aroma of ginger coming off this dish was amazing. Large pieces of duck, and a dark rich broth.
I fell in love with the vegetables, they appeared to be crisp with a wonderful portion of BBQ.
And what meal would be complete with out a Chicken foot or two. I have tried on more than one occasion to devour one of these babies, but it’s a no go for me. Too much, work for so little reward. Plus it’s always a little greasy.
So my verdict, I am going back to Oviedo in a few days and will make this a stopping place for lunch. I don’t know of any restaurants like this in my area, I will have to ask around. But now that I have experienced this food, it goes with out saying more will be needed.