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Taiwan Cafe

Taiwan Cafe

Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown - Leather District, Boston
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    Ajit V.
    "Soup dumplings (aks mini steamed pork buns) are amazing."(24 Tips)
    Max
    "Fried pork chop rice 招牌排骨饭 is classic and a great meal for one."(4 Tips)
    Tim L.
    "Steamed pork buns"(3 Tips)
    CITY GRIT
    "We loved the Pork Chop Rice Plate & the Scallion Pancakes!"(3 Tips)
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  • Xavierheart icon on user image
    XavierSeptember 16, 2016
    Very tasty authentic taiwan food. One of my best places in china town. (In pic. Taiwan noddles style, braised egg plant w/ basil & spicy schezuan beef)
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooMarch 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been here 10+ times & have tried 11 dishes. LOVED: 1) House Special Fried Pork Chop On Rice Platter 2) Sautéed Julienne Beef. FAILED: Beef Stew Noodle Soup. See Top 10 dishes on Foodmento: Read more
  • Steph S.
    Steph SipeJune 23, 2013
    Really great xaio long Bao. They're larger in size than Din Tai Fung which make them even more challenging to eat, but totally worth it. Hot and Sour Soup was great too! I'd come back for sure.
  • Al S.heart icon on user image
    Al SOctober 22, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Great dumplings. Big menu with lots of tasty spicy options. I’m a big fan of the julienne chicken with shredded potato and green pepper. $20 credit card minimum charge.
  • Peter S.heart icon on user image
    Peter SalemMarch 11, 2018
    Tried pork intestine (tender/chewy) and jellyfish (chilled, strong snap on biting through) for the first time. Normal menu items are all great, extremely fast service
  • Tim L.heart icon on user image
    Tim LuoAugust 23, 2015
    I always get the pork chop on rice because it's a big portion with veggies, a braised egg, and pickles and it's only 6.95! Steamed pork buns are very good, and the scallion pancakes otherworldly!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TanJuly 14, 2018
    Agree with the other tip - xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are comparable with Din Tai Dung. Less delicate, but larger and heartier. Great authentic and cheap Chinese food! 🥟
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 7, 2014
    The soup dumplings rival other options in the neighborhood, and the Szechuan fish is another must-try. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Emily
    EmilyJuly 5, 2013
    Try the steamed Chilean Seabass with soy sauce. Delicious! (But watch out for the small bits if bone that sometimes make their way into the dish.)
  • Brea S.heart icon on user image
    Brea SimpsonMay 19, 2021
    Soup dumplings, noodles with beef, greens and shacha sauce, and scallion pancake roll. The perfect lunch.
  • Naiaraheart icon on user image
    NaiaraMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Soup dumplings were great but try the eggplant with basil! Great food and very cheap. Absolutely recommend it
  • D C.heart icon on user image
    D CAugust 11, 2019
    pork chop rice is 👌. always pick some up for my ride back to NY. I personally don't like the soup dumplings here, but the regular entrees are well done.
  • Enrico M.heart icon on user image
    Enrico ManaloMarch 9, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Scallion pancake with beef, beef with longhorn pepper, the fried pork chop, and the bitter melon soup are all incredible here. Best value in Chinatown.
  • Vinaya V.
    Vinaya VishwanathMarch 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Must try the vegetable steamed ravioli! Best veggie dumplings i've ever had. Skip the seaweed salad, too much garlic.
  • Xavierheart icon on user image
    XavierApril 21, 2018
    Pork tripe soup with fried tofu. Delicious!
  • Yu-Meiheart icon on user image
    Yu-MeiDecember 8, 2019
    Braised tofu, duck tongue, pig ears, oyster omelet, sautéed eggplants and any of the sautéed green leafy vegetables.
  • Phil T.heart icon on user image
    Phil TorontoDecember 5, 2014
    These were some of the best pork soup dumplings I've ever had AND they come in orders of 7 🙌🐷
  • Christi K.
    Christi KimMay 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    #2 House special fried pork chop on rice, #5 Thick bacon-cut braised pork, Entree #44 Spicy Salt&Pepper chicken w/basil.
  • Holly S.heart icon on user image
    Holly SOctober 5, 2014
    Out of all the dumpling houses in the area, this is definitely my favorite. The pork and seafood dumplings are incredible-
  • Timothy H.heart icon on user image
    Timothy HongOctober 25, 2015
    Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) are amazing. Sea bass with tofu sauce, and julienned beef with long horned peppers!
  • Lane R.heart icon on user image
    Lane RettigNovember 22, 2014
    The xiaolongbao soup dumplings are massive. More like dalongbao!
  • Emily
    EmilyJuly 5, 2013
    The Fried Porkchop Over Rice is a good deal. Comes with white rice, vegetables and a whole tea egg.
  • Tim R.heart icon on user image
    Tim RothfussFebruary 24, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    An acquired taste, but I love their pork kidney and pork liver soups. Tender and tasty!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 16, 2014
    We loved the Pork Chop Rice Plate & the Scallion Pancakes! We're also a sucker for any Soup Dumpling!
  • Annie W.
    Annie WangOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My top menu picks: Oyster pancake, house special pork chop over rice, tomato & egg w/ beef, "hollow heart" veggies (cong xin cai), soup dumplings.
  • Ellie S.
    Ellie S.July 28, 2013
    Whoever recommended the Stinky Tofu is a troll. Maybe this is an acquired taste, but it literally tasted like a diaper. They wouldn't take it off my check either. Everything else was great.
  • Ben B.heart icon on user image
    Ben BearnotOctober 16, 2014
    Crab and pork soup dumplings are crazy delicious. Extremely (temperature) hot so beware yo mouth
  • Graham S.heart icon on user image
    Graham SiegelAugust 20, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Big menu, but the kitchen can pull it off. Try the soup dumplings, oxtail soup and anything spicy.
  • Kathleen
    KathleenMarch 15, 2015
    Beef scallion pancake is a must! You're welcome.
  • Jeffrey Z.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey ZhaoApril 3, 2016
    Salt and pepper chicken is great. Make sure to get a bubble tea from here too!
  • Anand J.
    Anand JagannathMay 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The braised eggplant with basil is one of my favorite dishes at any restaurant. Give it a try! Much much better than the PF Changs knock-off
  • Art V.heart icon on user image
    Art VandelayApril 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Sauteed Pork with Long Horn Pepper in Scallion Pancake Roll
  • Xavierheart icon on user image
    XavierAugust 28, 2016
    A picture tells more than thousand words. Delicious!!!!
  • Bootham D.heart icon on user image
    Bootham DeyyamDecember 27, 2016
    I went with popular recommendations eggplant with basil, fish fry and got some shrimp fried rice. The shrimp were not cleaned, eggplant was sweet and the fish fry had no flavor.
  • Joseph A.heart icon on user image
    Joseph AbrahamsonJuly 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I'd been missing good beef noodle soup for so long. Try #35 under noodles: beef noodle soup with spinach!
  • Ajit V.
    Ajit VergheseMarch 22, 2010
    Hot and sour soup is the best I've ever had. Soup dumplings (aks mini steamed pork buns) are amazing. Salt &pepper chix and eggplant w/ basil are standout. Careful - soup is more thn enough 4 2ppl
  • Sofia U.heart icon on user image
    Sofia UzMarch 28, 2015
    Fresh food, pork dumplings are amazing. Be prepared to wait
  • Maxheart icon on user image
    MaxNovember 4, 2015
    Fried pork chop rice 招牌排骨饭 is classic and a great meal for one.
  • Nadeesha C.
    Nadeesha CabralMarch 30, 2013
    Ask for Tsingtao if you're looking for beer. Also, they give free refills on tea.
  • K W.
    K WashApril 22, 2013
    Delicious soup dumplings. They're a good size and the soup is bangin
  • Terence C.heart icon on user image
    Terence ChanNovember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef with longhorn peppers, scallion pancakes and xiao long bao. 4/5
  • Sumit B.heart icon on user image
    Sumit BansalJanuary 5, 2014
    Really good food.. you have got competition gourmet dumpling house...
  • Betty W.
    Betty WangFebruary 1, 2015
    Oyster omelette was waaaay too greasy! And the sauce was distributed very unevenly.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdSeptember 29, 2014
    Tasty gua baos (Taiwanese pork buns), but sometimes inconsistent.
  • Kat H.
    Kat HJuly 14, 2013
    I have to get the braised eggplant with basil every time!
  • Ashley B.heart icon on user image
    Ashley BNovember 26, 2016
    Best Chinese food in Chinatown. Can't go wrong!
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn McCannAugust 25, 2012
    Get the ma po tofu! Also no longer cash only, they take cards (:
  • Jenny S.heart icon on user image
    Jenny SDecember 14, 2014
    As a Taiwanese I can say the food is not Taiwanese enough. Veggies were cold & pork chop was quite hard to chew. The only thing done right was the xiaolongbao (dumplings) or more like *da*longbao...
  • Mel
    MelDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Minced pork over rice, beef stew, chilled seaweed, pig ears
  • Niels B.
    Niels BoegholmJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a Chinese menu; if you do not read Chinese make a random pick based on the characters that look cool; most likely going to be better than the americanized selection
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