You know a food culture is a good one when their bento boxes are a thing. Taiwan’s food scene is already pretty famous, so it’s not surprising that their bento box culture is held in the same high regard. The bentos were brought over from Japan, and similarly you can buy these tasty, high quality lunch boxes at train stations and at convenience stores like 7-Eleven. If only we had that option at our 7-Elevens…instead of those sketchy taquitos and hot dogs.
The Taiwanese bento box hasn’t quite caught on in NYC, but now you can get your fix at Taiwan Bear House in Chinatown. The foundation of each bento is the same–a bed of rice with a little minced pork, a marinated boiled egg and some cooked veggies on top. This by itself is sufficient for a satisfying meal, but it’s hard to say no to the crispy night market fried chicken, an option you’ll be glad you didn’t resist. Bonus points if you get a side of bubble tea to be really Asian.
Taiwan Bear House
11 Pell St (between Bowery and Doyers St)
New York, NY 10013