Liu’s Taiwanese Restaurant 台灣美食, Richmond

We were scratching our heads as to what to eat. We took our sweet time because we weren’t that hungry but needed to get dinner out of the way.

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We drove around and went into Union Square. We settled for Taiwanese because we were always interested in small plates.

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I was shocked when I entered the restaurant. It looks like a karaoke place mixed with an asian brothel. (Not that I’ve been to one) You have 3 40 inch TV’s playing lame Taiwanese love songs on one side. On the other side are blue lights shining on a wavy patterned wall. Strange…

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On to the food:

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Stewed Pig Ear in Spicy Chilli Sauce: If you haven’t had pig ear you have to try it. It’s got a bouncy texture. The spicy sauce was on point. I can’t say this is different than the little boxes you can get at T&T.

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Oyster Pancake with Special Sauce – Taiwanese Oyster Pancake, a popular street food item found in night markets all year round in Taiwan. Wiki on this: Liu’s version is quite disappointing compared to the original. They skipped the treatment on the oysters, and it tasted very fishy. I wouldn’t recommend this.

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Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Nugget Rice / with Taiwanese Meatball Soup Combo. First of all, the Taiwanese Meatball Soup is just MSG salty water. The meatballs had nice texture, and is quite bouncy. You can find this type of meatball at T&T.

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The Rice is something you can find at any food court that serves Taiwanese food. The nice thing about it is that it doesn’t give you a sore throat from the overload of sodium you find from bubble tea places.

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Cuisine: Diner, Breakfast, Pork
Price/Entrée: $10-15

Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Food: 2.0
Service: 3.0
Ambiance: 2.5
Overall: 3.5

At the end of the day, this restaurant is nothing to rave about. Just another restaurant sourcing a lot of their dishes from manufactures and frequented by kids after their karaoke showdown next door.

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