7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, #102
San Diego, CA
168 Restaurant is a small Taiwanese cafe located inside Ranch 99 supermarket. It’s one of the few spots in San Diego that serves Taiwanese food. I used to come here every so often, before or after shopping at Ranch 99, or when I was missing Taiwanese cuisine.
However, since finding some great Taiwanese eats in LA, I haven’t been back here in a while. We decided to pay a visit for a late lunch this weekend.
The menu selection here is quite large, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are capable of making all the dishes they offer well. The menu offers a lot of my favorite Taiwanese snacks, but I’ve tried a few of them and wasn’t very happy with how they were. So now I pretty much avoid their Taiwanese cuisine section.
We ordered the Yang Chow Fried Rice, which is one of the dishes I really do like here. I think it has just the right amount of oil and saltiness.
We ordered the fried stinky tofu. I remember enjoying this more before, but this time I found that the tofu was barely fermented. It tasted almost like regular fried tofu.
We also ordered the pork chitterlings with pork blood. The dish is served bubbling and boiling. There is usually sour pickled vegetables, green onions, tofu, pork chitterling and pork blood.
Since our last trip to 168, they’ve done some renovation and spruced up the place. They also now offer a variety of milk tea and slush drinks. BF got a Thai milk tea. I got a taro milk tea.
While I don’t love the food here, I do enjoy coming here occasionally. The staff is always nice and I love hearing the Taiwanese dialect being spoken.