Rowland Heights, CA 91748 monjaca.com http://www.yelp.com/biz/monja-taiker-rowland-heights-2
Monja TaiKer has 2 locations. I’ve only been to the Rowland Heights location, but supposedly there’s also a location in the SGV. The Rowland Heights location is located in the mega-plex off of Gale, which has boasts Half and Half TeaHouse, Music Box Karaoke, JJ Bakery Cafe, and the Magic Restroom Cafe. Free parking is relatively easy to find, either the surface parking or the underground parking. I’ve been to Monja twice, and haven’t had to wait for a table. But the restaurant is medium-sized, so during peak times, I think it’d be about a 20-30 minute wait.
Monja TaiKer serves traditional Taiwanese food, ranging from small eats 小吃 like spicy wontons 紅油抄手 to assorted stewed goodies 滷味, to soups like four-flavor soup 四神湯 and pork chop noodles 排骨麵. Portions are pretty generous and the taste is authentic. Feels like you’re in Taiwan!
The assorted stew combination 攪和攪和. There’s tofu slices, seaweed and stewed pig ear. It’s a cold dish, but nicely flavored with a bit of a kick. Mmmm…. $5.99
We had heard that Monja has really good beef noodle soup and they do! This is the tomato sauce beef noodle soup 招牌茄汁牛肉麵. The broth is light yet packed with flavor. There’s lots of tender chunks of beef, with stalks of bok choy. You can select either the thin or thick noodles. We ordered the thick noodles, which has similar consistency to udon noodles. Really good! $7.50
We also ordered the house specialty – the Monja Red Grain Pork Noodle Soup 艋呷燒肉湯麵 with the thin noodles. The Red Grain Pork is basically Taiwanese-style bbq pork 紅糟肉. The Monja version is crispy on the outside yet juicy on the inside. The pork comes on the side, and there’s both dark and white meat. 🙂 The noodles are in a pork broth, topped with stewed minced fatty pork and sprinkled with scallions. Yummy! Easily shared among 2 people. $7.50