Whenever Im feeling homesick, I hit up Jo Jo Taipei in Allston. They serve up mouth-watering Taiwanese dishes that remind me of my childhood. In addition to the usual favorites, they serve more authentic dishes such as stinky tofu and crispy pig intestine – delicious but definitely not for the faint of heart (or stomach).
I’ve visited here plenty of times but I had to bring Selma here to try it out for herself. I ordered a sampling of some of my favorite dishes for her to try. Eventually we’ll work our way up to the stinky tofu and pig intestines
To start, we got one of my all time favorites – Spicy Beef Noodle Soup! The soup consists of a rich, flavorful broth with hearty chunks of beef and egg noodles topped off with fresh sprigs of cilantro. Selma wasn’t a huge fan of the beef (a little chewier and fattier than she likes) but she enjoyed the noodles and the spicy soup.
Next was the Beef with Long Horn Peppers – a special they were having consisting of beef and peppers in a light garlic sauce.
Then came the Eggplant with Garlic Sauce. This was one of her favorite dishes. The chili-garlic sauce was out of this world.
And what’s a Taiwanese dinner without some soup dumplings! These are essentially what they sound like. Dumplings filled with soup (almost like a dumpling gusher!) These were not as good as Dumpling Cafes’ in Chinatown but they were still very tasty.
Note: we’ve been here a few more times since but got sick the last time. But whatever, that won’t stop us from getting our eggplant with garlic sauce!