Excellent Pork Chop House

By Alva Lin

“Excellent Pork Chop House”… such a bold and proud name immediately triggered my doubts when I first heard about it. Walking into the restaurant, I immediately found myself experiencing a transportive effect back to Taiwan of the 1990’s. The atmosphere is homey, cheerful, and down to earth…just like the characteristics I found in the couple who proudly own Excellent Pork Chop House. With 40 years marriage and the nature of a traditional Taiwanese generation’s shyness, they were still genuinely holding each other’s hand and looking into each other’s eyes when they talked about the story of the humble beginnings of their restaurant.

Mr. Cheng and Mrs. Cheng have known each other ever since they were 13 years old. Mr. Cheng was a young worker at the “King of the Pork Chop House”- the original name of “Excellent Pork Chop House.” Mrs. Cheng’s father, Jou Chin Wang, was the first generation owner and founder of this pork chop house. Through his industrious spirit and years of hard work, Mr. Cheng learned tremendous knowledge and gained valuable experience from Mr. Wang. Mr. Cheng learned how to choose the finest pork chop at first glance, and how to cook the most delicious dishes while preserving the natural taste of the ingredients.

Before Mr. Cheng and Mrs. Cheng decided to emigrate to the U.S. eleven years ago, the original pork chop house was already extremely well-famous in Taiwanese celebrity circles. Endless foodies surged into the store just for a bite of their featured pork chop.

Mr. Cheng had gone all over the tri-state area to find the ingredients for his beloved dishes. In order to find the perfect pork chop for his chef’s specialty, he had visited practically every meat factory in New York. Because of his insistence on selecting the most tender, industrial fresh, and exact size pork chop, we are able to sit here today and enjoy this 100% authentic fried pork chop.

After three challenging years, Mr. and Mrs. Cheng finally built up their great reputation and food kingdom here in Chinatown, NY. Even the winner of Academy Award for Best Director, international well-known Taiwanese filmmaker, An Lee, couldn’t resist the charm of Excellent Pork Chop House. He told Mr. Cheng that he found the taste of home here.

Excellent Pork Chop House is a budgetfriendly and neighborhood-friendly restaurant. It offers many menu alternatives to its customers.

“Wonton with Spicy Oil” is a favorite appetizer. The chef’s special spicy sauce does a great job of coating the five pieces of wontons, and the degree of spiciness is temperate and suits all eaters. Their signature “Pork Chop” entree is fried in oil, not battered, and is large, tender, and juicy. But what makes this dish unique is the sauce and the vegetables. The rice is covered in a delicious meaty pork sauce, along with some pickled cabbage. The sour crunch of the vegetables is a marvelous contrast to the savory meat and rice. Excellent Pork Chop totally deserves its name indeed! If you are not a pork eater, then the “Fried Chicken Leg” is an excellent choice. As with the pork chop, it’s not battered and is wellseasoned. The chicken leg is crispy on the outside, while tender and juicy inside. Another must try dish is the “Braised Chicken Soup.” Every cup of chicken broth is cooked for more than two hours. And to top it off, the “Eight Treasure Taiwanese Ice” is the coolest dessert, so be sure not to miss it. All ingredients, including chewy bubbles, soft taros, sweet mung beans, and refreshing red beans are prepared and cooked by chef himself. No canned preserves at all.

So, the next time you have a craving for some incredible pork, you must try this filling, no frills, and non-battered pork chop. And remember to celebrate and appreciate the joys of Mr. and Mrs. Cheng’s hard work and excellent- tasting pork!


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