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Question: In Taipei last year, I ate the most delicious sausages almost everywhere. They were sweet, a little thicker than hot dogs, and were usually served with a spoonful of fresh chopped garlic — quite an experience! I assume that there’s got to be something like that in the San Gabriel Valley somewhere, but I haven’t found it.
—Rob, Sherman Oaks
Answer: Those dense, sweet sausages seem to be a mainstay at almost every Taiwanese snack shop, sharing menu space with stinky tofu, pork chop rice and those peculiarly Taiwanese logs of rice steamed in bamboo. But I particularly like the version served at the snack shop Sin Ba La in Arcadia, caloric sausages with a delicious crunch and the high smack of good charcuterie. If you are so inclined, you can enjoy your sausages with everything from minced garlic to great gobs of strawberry jam. Don’t miss the boba, which is among the best in town. Sin Ba La, 651 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia, (626) 446-0886. Got a burning culinary question? Try us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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