Since I don’t have much to say about my life, I’ve decided to write a post about a recent food trip I made with my co-workers. I think most of you know that I’m obsessed with good food. Also, I have a soft-spot for any food that reminds me of Taipei. I follow a lot of food blogs (Midtown Lunch and Serious Eats). Ever since I’m moved to the outskirts of Times Square (aka TOURIST HELL), I’ve been searching for decent food that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about the NYC Cravings Truck that sells Taiwanese Fried Chicken and now Taiwanese Pork Chops. I read so many raving reviews so I rounded a group of foodies within my company to trek 5 avenue blocks to get these pork chops.
We arrived on Friday at around 12:15pm. The line was about 4 people deep. The truck just ran out of tea eggs, so I was a little disappointed. I went ahead and ordered pork chop over rice. In fact, all my friends ordered the same thing because I was their guide. We walked back to the office (took about 15 minutes) and opened up our lunches with anticipation. I tried the pork and it didn’t seem very flavorful. Then I tried the rice and it was undercooked. My favorite part of the “meal” was the pickled cabbage. My co-workers also agreed that the lunch wasn’t worth $7. One co-worker claimed he could make better pork chops at home. Another said the pork chops at Tina’s are better. Even the co-worker who isn’t picky about food said that the lunch was “unsatisfactory”. The lunch was so bad that I gave away more than half of my pork chop to anyone who cared to try it.
I’ve been eating Taiwanese pork chop over rice and Taiwanese pork chop noodle soup since I was little. I know exactly what they should taste like. Just a week ago, I finally ventured out to Excellent Pork Chop House in Chinatown and it was really tasty. These pork chops were tasteless and a little too chewy. Also, it barely tasted like it was fried! The time it took us to walk back and forth from the truck, we could have taken the subway to Chinatown and ordered pork chop over rice for $5.25! At least now I know that to get real Taiwanese Pork Chop, one must go to Chinatown or Flushing. If only Flushing wasn’t an hour away!