So it turns out that the best places in the DC area for legit Taiwanese are all the way in Rockville. I spent a good portion of my life in Taiwan, and while I enjoy Taiwanese food, I don’t quite crave it in the same way many of my high school friends do. Nevertheless, I was happy we squeezed this into our DC trip. (It also involved squeezing 6 people into our little Prius.)
First stop, Jumbo Jumbo Cafe for snacks and bubble tea. Disclaimer: I’m one of those weirdos that doesn’t like the bubbles that much, so I passed on that. Jumbo Jumbo has pretty much every kind of Taiwanese snack that you’ll find at a night market. This combo snack had something for everyone: chicken and squid for the omnivores, tofu for the vegetarians. Perfectly fried, and thinking about the spiced seasoned salt makes me drool.