Feb 07

Henrys Taiwan Kitchen

8 Dishes to Try at Top Taiwanese Restaurants in Seattle

by Henrys Taiwan Kitchen

Sample these classic dishes when eating Taiwanese food in Seattle.

When you venture into one of the top Taiwanese restaurants in Seattle as a newbie, the menu might seem intimidating. However, Taiwanese cuisine is not to be missed. Taiwanese food combines flavors and techniques from around the world and has become a major draw for foreign visitors. You can try many of the island nation’s classic dishes right here in the Emerald City. Here are 8 must-try foods when you go out for Taiwanese food in Seattle.

Beef noodle soup is a ubiquitous Taiwanese comfort food that you’ll find at virtually any Taiwanese restaurant. Beef noodle soup is made with thick noodles in a spicy dark broth and is topped with beef shanks and assorted vegetables.

Stinky tofu is a polarizing dish that you’re either going to love or hate. It is a form of fermented tofu with a strong odor that is served stewed, braised, or deep-fried. Stinky tofu is typically sold at night markets and roadside stands in Taiwan. People have likened the smell to burning garbage and body odor. Although stinky tofu smells horrible, it tastes amazing. According to Taiwanese tastes, the smellier, the better.

Oyster omelets are typically served at night markets as an appetizer in Taiwan. Foreigners consider it one of the top foods from Taiwan. Oyster omelets consist of fried eggs with vegetables and oysters tucked in. The omelet is topped with sweet and savory red sauce that is thickened with tapioca starch. 

Taiwanese hot pot is a bubbling pot of broth that contains an array of Chinese herbs and spices. Diners dip raw, fresh ingredients into the pot. You can add vegetables, meat, sweet corn, seafood, etc. Add-on ingredients offered at Henry’s Taiwan Kitchen in Seattle and Tempe include sliced lamb, pork intestine, enoki mushroom, cuttlefish ball, and dumplings, among others.

Fried rice vermicelli is commonly stir-fried with julienned pork, vegetables, mushrooms, and dried shrimp. Taiwanese fried rice vermicelli is particularly popular in the Hsinchu region of Taiwan. When Taiwan was a relatively poor country, fried rice vermicelli was considered haute cuisine that was only served on special occasions, but today, it is seen as a simple, everyday dish.  

Three-cup chicken is a Taiwanese favorite that consists of chicken slow-cooked with rice wine, soy sauce, and sugar. The cups refer to an equal ratio rather than a specific measurement. This results in a caramelized sauce with complex flavor. Fresh basil, garlic, and chilies kick this classic dish up a notch.

While hot and sour soup can be found at Chinese restaurants nationwide, the Taiwanese version of this soup is heartier and chunkier. It also lacks the sweetness commonly associated with Chinese hot and sour soup. As its name suggests, hot and sour soup is spicy and sour. It is made spicy by red peppers or white pepper and sour by vinegar. Common ingredients in hot and sour soup include egg, cornstarch, tofu, and bamboo shoots. The hot and sour soup at Henry’s Taiwan Kitchen is vegetarian.

Minced pork rice is a humble dish that is almost synonymous with Taiwanese cuisine. It consists of finely chopped pork belly that has been slow-cooked in soy sauce with five spices. The meat is sweet and savory and is served atop a bowl of hot rice, often with preserved eggs and pickles. The sauce from the pork seeps into the rice.

Savor the Flavors of Taiwanese Food in Seattle

If you’d like to dine at one of the top Taiwanese restaurants in Seattle, come to Henry’s Taiwan Kitchen. We have three locations in Seattle as well as a restaurant at Arizona State University in Tempe.