The Strike 破店

The Chinese Bites Signature Dish Tour took us to Strike Restaurant on Broadway the other night. If you have yet to hear about it—it’s a fairly new Taiwanese restaurant (about 7 months old) that’s located right within the busy Kits community.

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We started the dinner with the Strike Special Yam Fries – 甘梅甜薯薯條. Although they may look like your ordinary yam fries, they’re far from it.

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What makes them so special is that they’re coated in palm sugar. This Taiwanese twist gave them nice subtle sweetness and along with a good crunch.

Next up was the Five Spice Beef Wrap – 大餅夾牛肉.DSC_0668

These wraps had great bold flavors. The beef was extremely tender, however, I found it was slightly overwhelmed by a thick crepe-like wrap. This dish would be perfect if the wrap would be made thinner.

My favorite dish of the night was the Taiwanese-style Chicken Steak with Black Pepper Sauce 黑胡椒鐵板雞排. This dish had great character; the chicken was tender, the pepper sauce had good snap, and the noodles were nicely cooked. Also take note on the size of this dish—it’s quite generous. Perfect for two.

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Next up were the Deep-Fried Chicken Nuggets 鹽酥雞. Take popcorn chicken, make it more sophisticated, and you get these little morsels of goodness. I really enjoyed this dish, although I did find the crust to have been a bit thicker than what I’ve previously tasted at other Taiwanese restaurants.

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The Deep-Fried Pork Chops 炸排骨 followed next. They seemed like they were straight out of the deep fryer as they were very hot and nicely crisp.

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The House Special Beef Noodle Soup – 牛肉麵 came in a generous size. I really appreciated the size of the noodles. The beef was also cooked well, however, I wasn’t a fan of the broth. The flavors just didn’t match right.

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Next from the kitchen was the Wonton in Chili Oil sauce 紅油炒手. I was initially worried that the sauce would be too oily—but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, the chili sauce had a great kick.

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These are just a few of the dishes we got to sample that night. My overall impression of the Strike is positive. The menu offers good quality food at a high variety. I will be back.

-R

 

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