secret menu


V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010
Tea-smoked duck is impregnated with a delicate flavor and a hint of rice wine.
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Budai Gourmet Chinese

It’ll rub your belly the right way

Even before I learned of the secret menu at Budai, I was already recommending the small, Taiwanese-owned eatery for the element of surprise its regular menu brings. The non-secret menu is a long and interesting read, full of familiar and unusual Taiwanese and Chinese dishes. If you ask questions about the food, you might get a history lesson from Elsa Fang, who handles the front of the restaurant while her husband, Hsia, does the cooking. And, if you ask her to, she will translate the secret menu from Chinese. But she will do so selectively.

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