Monday, December 14, 2009
Saint's Alp tea house (click that link, their website design is epic) is a newish bubble tea and snacks place across from where I was living on Bedford. This is the kind of place found all over Asia where teenagers hang out after school having good clean fun getting jacked on sugar and comparing Nintendogs or whatever. Although Saint's Alp is a chain from Hong Kong, the snacks and light meals they offered appeared to be largely Taiwanese, though I could be wrong about that. I went for a to-go rice bowl that included fried chicken, picked daikon, bok choy, and by far the best element: a sticky, sweet/spicy minced pork sauce that come with most of their rice bowls. This stuff reminded me of the Cincinnati-style chili you might get on a hot dog. This rice bowl didn't travel very well, even across the street to the beer store and back, but for 5 or 6 dollars it proved to be a worthwhile expedition into one of the more obscure of the Asian cuisines.