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A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
Beef noodle soup at Dai Ho in Temple City.
Cathy Chaplin

20 Marvelous Taiwanese Restaurants in Los Angeles

Stinky tofu, green onion pancakes, and beef noodle soup

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Beef noodle soup at Dai Ho in Temple City.
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The salty-sweet trademark of modern Taiwanese cuisine is a product of the island nation’s local indigenous flavors and outside culinary influences from China, Japan, and even America. Here in the Southland, Taiwanese restaurants dot nearly every corner of the city serving bowls of beef noodle soup, crisp green onion pancakes, and colorful boba drinks. From traditional mom-and-pop shops to contemporary second-generation takes, here now are 20 marvelous Taiwanese restaurants to taste in Los Angeles.

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1. SinBala

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651 W Duarte Rd f
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 446-0886
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Come into Arcadia’s beloved SinBala for a taste of Taiwanese street food. The sweetish sausages come topped with slivers of raw garlic, Sichuan peppercorns, and even mangoes. Also great here is the basil-flecked popcorn chicken.

2. JJ Bakery

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1130 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 836-6888
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JJ Bakery only made Taiwanese breads when it first opened in 1996, but has expanded its menu to include European and American pastries too. Visit the flagship in City of Industry or the one in Arcadia for Taiwanese breakfast offerings in addition to the usual selection of baked goods. Additional locations in Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Torrance, and Temple City.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 999-7642
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Pine & Crane founder Vivian Ku’s sophomore effort serves Taiwan’s greatest hits including spicy shrimp wontons, dan dan noodles, and minced pork over rice. Wash it all down with a plethora of scratch-made milk tea drinks. And be sure to save room for the hakka mochi for dessert.

4. Ahgoo's Kitchen

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9406 E Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 940-5382

Everyone comes into Ahgoo’s Kitchen for chef Thomas Yeh’s green onion sesame pie — it’s crisp on the outside, pillowy within, and bursting with scallion flavor. The battered and seaweed-flecked fish is terrific too, along with any protein prepared in Yeh’s three flavor sauce.

5. Dai Ho Restaurant

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9148 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 291-2295

Dai Ho prepares one of the best renditions of Taiwan’s national dish: beef noodle soup. Each bowl is packed with bouncy egg noodles that are the very definition of Q, while the broth is deep, dark, and unabashedly rich.

A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
Dai Ho Restaurant
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6. Tasty House 悅來軒

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120 N San Gabriel Blvd Suite C & D
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 778-1388

This San Gabriel newcomer has all the makings of a neighborhood stalwart: good service, a comfortable dining room, and very good cooking. Order the smoked tea duck, bitter melon with salted eggs, and three-cup combination with chicken, squid, and pork intestines, along with plenty of steamed white rice.

Three cup chicken, intestines, and seafood at Tasty House in San Gabriel.
Three cup chicken, intestines, and seafood at Tasty House in San Gabriel.
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7. Bopomofo Cafe

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841 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Bopomofo Cafe serves up Instagram-ready milk teas, along with Taiwanese-American comfort fare in San Gabriel. The Taiwanese fried chicken sandwich served on a pineapple bun is rightfully popular.

8. Half and Half Good Old Time

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#E2, 704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 576-8010

An offshoot of the Half and Half chain of boba shops, Half and Half Good Old Time serves Taiwanese cafe comforts, drinks, and desserts. All drinks are made with crushed ice and honey boba, and priced under $4.

9. Lu's Garden

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534E Valley Blvd #12
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 280-5883
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The best time to visit this Taiwanese porridge specialist is during lunch. Choose a trio of savory side dishes from the buffet of options to pair with the simple yam rice porridge. The funky anchovies with peanuts and the twice-cooked pork are always great options.

Porridge and side dishes at Lu’s Garden.
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10. Corner Beef Noodle House

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3948 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732
(626) 453-8865
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For many Taiwanese residing in Los Angeles, no one makes a better bowl of beef noodle soup than El Monte’s Corner Beef Noodle House. Every bowl is chock-full of tender meat and tendons, along with curly noodles with plenty of Q.

11. Huge Tree Pastry

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423 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 458-8689
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The Liu family in Monterey Park serves some of the best Taiwanese breakfast in LA. Order a deep-fried cruller and dip it in a bowl of steaming soy milk. Also terrific are the scallion pancakes that come with or without an eggy coating, and the fan tuan rice rolls stuffed with a fried doughnut, pork floss, scrambled eggs, and pickled mustard greens.

Pan fried radish cake at Huge Tree Pastry.
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12. Boiling Point

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153 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 288-9876
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Mini-chain Boiling Point serves up Taiwanese-style individual-sized hot pots. Every hot pot is prepared using the same master broth, but the level of spice and ingredients (beef, lamb, kimchi, fish balls, vegetables, tofu, etc.) can be adjusted according to diners’ preferences. Additional locations in Arcadia, Artesia, Gardena, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel, and Pasadena.

13. Monja Taiker

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8150 Garvey Ave #101
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 307-7330
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The specialty at Monja Taiker is the red grain pork, decadent and deep-fried slices of pork reminiscent of Cantonese char siu. Round out any meal with the minced pork rice or the pork and mushroom dry noodles.

14. Kato Restaurant

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11925 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 535-3041
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Chef Jon Yao reimagines Taiwanese foods and flavors at Michelin-starred Kato in West LA. The $150 tasting menu pays homage to a handful of classics including three cup abalone and steamed fish using locally sourced produce and seafood. Reservations are a must.

15. Little Fatty

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3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 574-7610
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This “soul food” spot from chef David Kuo brings together Taiwanese classics and Chinese-American staples. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery daily with cocktails provided by Kuo’s Accomplice Bar.

16. Yi Mei Deli

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18414 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 854-9246
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With three locations in Southern California (Rowland Heights, Chino Hills, and Monrovia), Yi Mei Deli serves up solid Taiwanese breakfast and small bites. The guai shu shu (deep-fried intestines stuffed with sticky rice) are snappy and filling, while the gua bao (pork belly buns) never disappoint.

A fun tuan rice roll with sticky rice and scrambled eggs.
Yi Mei Deli
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17. Cindy's Kitchen

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16409 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 961-0789

Look beyond the utilitarian dining room at Cindy’s Kitchen to find some of the most deft Taiwanese cooking around. Every table starts with a few cold appetizers that can be selected from the refrigerated case. Also popular is the beef noodle soup, twice-cooked pork, and fried pork chop served over rice.

18. Tofu King

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18414 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 964-6250
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This stinky tofu specialist serves its signature wares hot from the fryer and in a shallow pool of sweetish soy sauce. The accompanying kimchi balances the tofu’s more pungent notes. Also tasty is the “mushroom sliced pork rice,” a sweet and savory braise punched up with pickled mustard greens and a hard boiled egg.

A serving of deep-fried stinky tofu.
Tofu King
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19. Taste Tea Café

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18858 Norwalk Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 865-0654
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Head to Taste Tea Café in Artesia for Taiwanese tea house vibes. The drinks menu is predictably extensive with plenty of hot and cold options, while the food menu includes appetizers, noodles, and popular set meals.

20. Class 302 Cafe

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11446 South St
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 924-1315
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Pass on Class 302‘s savory fare and hone in on the house-special shaved snow. The green tea flavored one topped with red beans, mochi, and condensed milk is perfectly balanced, while the mango snow with fresh mangoes and mochi is as tart and refreshing as they come.

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1. SinBala

651 W Duarte Rd f, Arcadia, CA 91007

Come into Arcadia’s beloved SinBala for a taste of Taiwanese street food. The sweetish sausages come topped with slivers of raw garlic, Sichuan peppercorns, and even mangoes. Also great here is the basil-flecked popcorn chicken.

651 W Duarte Rd f
Arcadia, CA 91007

2. JJ Bakery

1130 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

JJ Bakery only made Taiwanese breads when it first opened in 1996, but has expanded its menu to include European and American pastries too. Visit the flagship in City of Industry or the one in Arcadia for Taiwanese breakfast offerings in addition to the usual selection of baked goods. Additional locations in Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Torrance, and Temple City.

1130 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

3. Joy

5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Pine & Crane founder Vivian Ku’s sophomore effort serves Taiwan’s greatest hits including spicy shrimp wontons, dan dan noodles, and minced pork over rice. Wash it all down with a plethora of scratch-made milk tea drinks. And be sure to save room for the hakka mochi for dessert.

5100 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

4. Ahgoo's Kitchen

9406 E Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780

Everyone comes into Ahgoo’s Kitchen for chef Thomas Yeh’s green onion sesame pie — it’s crisp on the outside, pillowy within, and bursting with scallion flavor. The battered and seaweed-flecked fish is terrific too, along with any protein prepared in Yeh’s three flavor sauce.

9406 E Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780

5. Dai Ho Restaurant

9148 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA 91780
A bowl of beef noodle soup from Dai Ho Restaurant.
Dai Ho Restaurant
Cathy Chaplin

Dai Ho prepares one of the best renditions of Taiwan’s national dish: beef noodle soup. Each bowl is packed with bouncy egg noodles that are the very definition of Q, while the broth is deep, dark, and unabashedly rich.

9148 Las Tunas Dr
Temple City, CA 91780

6. Tasty House 悅來軒

120 N San Gabriel Blvd Suite C & D, San Gabriel, CA 91775
Three cup chicken, intestines, and seafood at Tasty House in San Gabriel.
Three cup chicken, intestines, and seafood at Tasty House in San Gabriel.
Cathy Chaplin

This San Gabriel newcomer has all the makings of a neighborhood stalwart: good service, a comfortable dining room, and very good cooking. Order the smoked tea duck, bitter melon with salted eggs, and three-cup combination with chicken, squid, and pork intestines, along with plenty of steamed white rice.

120 N San Gabriel Blvd Suite C & D
San Gabriel, CA 91775

7. Bopomofo Cafe

841 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Bopomofo Cafe serves up Instagram-ready milk teas, along with Taiwanese-American comfort fare in San Gabriel. The Taiwanese fried chicken sandwich served on a pineapple bun is rightfully popular.

841 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

8. Half and Half Good Old Time

#E2, 704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

An offshoot of the Half and Half chain of boba shops, Half and Half Good Old Time serves Taiwanese cafe comforts, drinks, and desserts. All drinks are made with crushed ice and honey boba, and priced under $4.

#E2, 704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

9. Lu's Garden

534E Valley Blvd #12, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Porridge and side dishes at Lu’s Garden.
Lu’s Garden
Cathy Chaplin

The best time to visit this Taiwanese porridge specialist is during lunch. Choose a trio of savory side dishes from the buffet of options to pair with the simple yam rice porridge. The funky anchovies with peanuts and the twice-cooked pork are always great options.

534E Valley Blvd #12
San Gabriel, CA 91776

10. Corner Beef Noodle House

3948 Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 91732

For many Taiwanese residing in Los Angeles, no one makes a better bowl of beef noodle soup than El Monte’s Corner Beef Noodle House. Every bowl is chock-full of tender meat and tendons, along with curly noodles with plenty of Q.

3948 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732

11. Huge Tree Pastry

423 N Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Pan fried radish cake at Huge Tree Pastry.
Huge Tree Pastry
Cathy Chaplin

The Liu family in Monterey Park serves some of the best Taiwanese breakfast in LA. Order a deep-fried cruller and dip it in a bowl of steaming soy milk. Also terrific are the scallion pancakes that come with or without an eggy coating, and the fan tuan rice rolls stuffed with a fried doughnut, pork floss, scrambled eggs, and pickled mustard greens.

423 N Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

12. Boiling Point

153 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91755

Mini-chain Boiling Point serves up Taiwanese-style individual-sized hot pots. Every hot pot is prepared using the same master broth, but the level of spice and ingredients (beef, lamb, kimchi, fish balls, vegetables, tofu, etc.) can be adjusted according to diners’ preferences. Additional locations in Arcadia, Artesia, Gardena, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel, and Pasadena.

153 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755

13. Monja Taiker

8150 Garvey Ave #101, Rosemead, CA 91770

The specialty at Monja Taiker is the red grain pork, decadent and deep-fried slices of pork reminiscent of Cantonese char siu. Round out any meal with the minced pork rice or the pork and mushroom dry noodles.

8150 Garvey Ave #101
Rosemead, CA 91770

14. Kato Restaurant

11925 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Chef Jon Yao reimagines Taiwanese foods and flavors at Michelin-starred Kato in West LA. The $150 tasting menu pays homage to a handful of classics including three cup abalone and steamed fish using locally sourced produce and seafood. Reservations are a must.

11925 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

15. Little Fatty

3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

This “soul food” spot from chef David Kuo brings together Taiwanese classics and Chinese-American staples. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery daily with cocktails provided by Kuo’s Accomplice Bar.

3809 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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16. Yi Mei Deli

18414 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
A fun tuan rice roll with sticky rice and scrambled eggs.
Yi Mei Deli
Cathy Chaplin

With three locations in Southern California (Rowland Heights, Chino Hills, and Monrovia), Yi Mei Deli serves up solid Taiwanese breakfast and small bites. The guai shu shu (deep-fried intestines stuffed with sticky rice) are snappy and filling, while the gua bao (pork belly buns) never disappoint.

18414 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

17. Cindy's Kitchen

16409 Colima Rd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Look beyond the utilitarian dining room at Cindy’s Kitchen to find some of the most deft Taiwanese cooking around. Every table starts with a few cold appetizers that can be selected from the refrigerated case. Also popular is the beef noodle soup, twice-cooked pork, and fried pork chop served over rice.

16409 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

18. Tofu King

18414 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
A serving of deep-fried stinky tofu.
Tofu King
Cathy Chaplin

This stinky tofu specialist serves its signature wares hot from the fryer and in a shallow pool of sweetish soy sauce. The accompanying kimchi balances the tofu’s more pungent notes. Also tasty is the “mushroom sliced pork rice,” a sweet and savory braise punched up with pickled mustard greens and a hard boiled egg.

18414 Colima Rd
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

19. Taste Tea Café

18858 Norwalk Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Head to Taste Tea Café in Artesia for Taiwanese tea house vibes. The drinks menu is predictably extensive with plenty of hot and cold options, while the food menu includes appetizers, noodles, and popular set meals.

18858 Norwalk Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701

20. Class 302 Cafe

11446 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

Pass on Class 302‘s savory fare and hone in on the house-special shaved snow. The green tea flavored one topped with red beans, mochi, and condensed milk is perfectly balanced, while the mango snow with fresh mangoes and mochi is as tart and refreshing as they come.

11446 South St
Cerritos, CA 90703

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