Growing up half Taiwanese, I was exposed to some of the most amazing and delicious foods that not many people are able to experience. This year, I made it a goal to try to find restaurants that served authentic Asian foods using my personal experience and exposure. Here’s a list of my top choices!
1. Gong Cha
If you’re craving bubble tea, Gong Cha is the way to go! This beverage chain was founded in Taiwan in 2006, the birthplace of the wonderful, milky-sweet drink, so you know it’s authentic. If you need help with what to pick, the place has plenty of pictures, as well as a menu with descriptions of each drink. If you’re not into milk tea, they have slushy options too!
2. Taiwan Tasty
Right next to the Gong Cha in Edison, NJ is a hidden gem of a restaurant called Taiwan Tasty. One day, I was missing my mom and decided to try out this place to see if it compared to her cooking. To say my taste buds were blown away is an understatement. Tasting the popcorn chicken and the soup dumplings brought me right back to when I was 5 years-old and visiting family in Taiwan.
3. Ramen Nagomi
This is another hidden gem that Rutgers students invade between their classes and busy schedules. The restaurant is hidden within the many streets and other restaurants that surround the Rutgers – New Brunswick campus, and has the best tasting ramen I’ve ever had. The delicious soup of noodles is accompanied by different meats, vegetables, spices, and other yummy ingredients. There were so many options to choose from, that I’m planning on going back and trying more!