It took me long enough to finally eat at Chou Ma Ma’s Kitchen 周媽媽之傢 in Newark. It blew my mind away how extensive their menu was, and usually when a restaurant has a menu as large as theirs, the food just ends up being mediocre, but not here.
Their oyster omelette 蚵仔煎 (白話字：ô-á-chian) is the best I’ve had in the San Francisco Bay Area. A little more sauce would have been nice, but the crispy edges made up for it. No other place in the Bay Area does it like them. Also, unlike all other restaurants, they serve a lot of their dishes in small-size options, including the oyster omelette, though I’d probably go for the large one next time.
Every Taiwanese place’s Taiwanese burger/pork belly bun/gua bao 刮包 outside of Taiwan has been a real disappointment to me, and though Chou Mama’s Kitchen’s version still doesn’t replicate the freshness of those from Taiwan, it’s still probably the best that I’ve had. The meat wasn’t fatty but was still very tender and juicy, and it was packed with tons of pickled greens and crushed peanuts with sugar – A lot of flavor there.
Also, I am a fan of their braised pork over rice/lu rou fan/滷肉飯 and their stinky tofu/chou dou fu/臭豆腐 – it gave me bad breath for at least an hour.
35201 Newark Blvd
(between Cedar Blvd & Jarvis Ave)
Newark, CA 94560
On: Saturday, November 12, 2011
With: Jennifer Lee, Jessica Cheng, Pam Gee, Ethan Ly
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