Hardwok Cafe.

Following our return from Taiwan, my cravings for its traditional fare have increased ten fold. Hardwok Cafe in the International District is a go-to if you’re looking for authentic Taiwanese food and ambiance. Their tastes, options and modest portion sizes represent Taiwanese dishes well. All while a majority of its patrons strike me as native Taiwanese youth on transplant in Seattle. Look around to note their elaborate cell phone charms, pristine attire, quiet giggles and customized bubble teas; it’s hard not to notice yourself feel a bit out of place. At dinner time, the line can drag on due to the extremely tight space, but it’s worth the wait after getting a whiff of their braised pork stewing in the kitchen. Additionally, this place makes some delicious Taiwanese desserts, such as sweet tofu pudding, shaved ice, brick toast; and they nail all the yummy morsels of toppings that accompany them (red bean, taro balls, boba).

Taiwanese fashion magazine.

Traditional braised pork rice.

Cold cucumber salad.

Traditional beef noodle soup.

Traditional Taiwanese pork burger with pickled mustard greens and shaved peanut brittle. This was one of the best I have ever had!

Soft tofu pudding dessert with sweet green beans and taro balls. We have been craving this since.

And that’s a wrap.

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