4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
With Buddha Girl exposing me to so much Taiwan food, she considers me to be quite a snob when it comes to Taiwanese-style restaurants in 604. I admit, Buddha Girl did spoil me by taking me to really good places in Taiwan, and from that, I've set my standards.
Tapioca Express in Richmond, and that's depending on if the oil is fresh...it can be hits and misses there.
Din Tai Fung version in Bellevue. The bad part was the coating, it didn't need that much, but they seemed to have over-coated to the point that some areas had super thick crusts.
The One, further down Kingsway in Burnaby has a better presentation for their railroad box. In Taiwan, we even went to a place that served the a railway box in a mini wooden bucket (see post 2009-10-22 Day 7 @ Taichung or picture). In terms of the food itself, it was pretty basic, deep fried pork chop, cabbage, fried egg, corn and shrimps. Overall, not bad, but nothing too memorable neither.
Raohe Night Market 饒河夜市 in Taipei. Smack dab in the middle of the market was a stall that even Buddha Girl says it's one of the best around, and you all know how picky and snobby Buddha Girl is. My standard for this is a nice thick soup (with mushrooms, cabbage, carrots, and perhaps egg swirl) poured over small amount of sha-cha sauce at the bottom of the bowl (scooped in before the soup pours in). Rou-geng is basically a mixture of pork and fish and when you bite into it, there should still be a "crunch". The soup at Alishan was too thin, too heavy in the sha-cha sauce and the rou-geng was not properly tenderized. The rou-geng lacked "crunch" with coatings of the fish being very inconsistent. Suffice to say, we did not enjoy this. This has got to be one of the worst we've ever had.