Our House

941 W. Duarte Rd.
Monrovia, California
626-538-4211
Our House

Clarissa Wei

Monrovia has a new Taiwanese restaurant called Our House that is anything but conventional. First, Our House doesn't have a sign or even a regular restaurant storefront. It's located in the back of Momo Bistro and Bakery — which has a sign inside that says that it's a crab house. They don't serve crab. The food is good, though, and makes up for all the strange nuances. The aforementioned dish is called shaojiu ji in Mandarin which translates to "burning wine chicken." The chicken is marinated in an elixir of rice wine (specifically the Taiwanese brand Hong Biao) and herbs for at least 24 hours before being cooked. You get the entire chicken served cut up — feet and head included — in a pot on top of a burner. If you look closely, you’ll see the carcass of the bird floating about amidst chunks of dates, multiple types of ginseng, Chinese wolfberry, Sichuan lovage root and licorice. The dish has a heavy rice-wine taste darkened by the chicken meat and made more complex by all the herbs. It’s boldly medicinal, like bitter tea mixed with alcohol; an acquired taste, to be sure.

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