The other night, we went to 168 Restaurant for dinner. I haven’t visited 168 for dinner in a long time. Usually if I’m there, it’s just to get a quick lunch bite. Located inside Ranch 99 market,168 is a small Taiwanese restaurant.
168 has an extensive menu, most of which I have not yet explored. You can see the full menu on my previous post here. We had seven people in our group and everyone chose one dish.
We ordered the pan fried seafood noodles.
I was a little worried about this dish. Normally I love it, but I’ve had so many bad versions in San Diego, that I’ve stopped ordering it. I thought the version here was pretty good. The noodles came out pretty and were crispy. The sauce was thick and smooth to my relief. Many ones I have ordered have had thick cornstarch sauces with uneven chunks of cornstarch inside the sauce. Yuck.
The beans looked a little brown/green like they had been cooked too long. They still tasted pretty good, though I wish there were a little more of them.
Near the end of our meal, we were given another dish, complements of the owner. It was a spicy fried chicken dish, similar to the spicy chicken that is served at tapioca tea cafes. I was surprised and happy with the gesture. We’ve always gotten good service here, but this was the first time we got a free dish. I think it was because we had such a large party.
It’s been a while since I’ve eaten here and I had a pleasant experience. I always feel a sense of comfort when I eat here. With the staff speaking Taiwanese amongst themselves, the tv satellite tuned to chinese news, and the Taiwanese style of cooking, it makes me feel like I’m in Taiwan.