There’s a surprisingly good selection of authentic xiao chi, or little eats, at Cafe Idol, says huaqiao. Stuff you wouldn’t expect to find outside the San Gabriel Valley, at least: steamed rice cake in a bowl (wah gueh), thin noodles in a thick brown soup (mi shua), meatball in glutinous wrapper (bah wan). The Taiwanese sausage served with sliced raw garlic is particularly good. This is a good place to dip into Taiwanese food for those unfamiliar with it. Pork chop rice isn’t bad, but avoid the oyster pancake.
Cafe Idol [South Bay]
In the Torrance Crossroads Shopping Center
24631 Crenshaw Boulevard #J, Torrance
Board Link: Cafe Idol–Taiwanese in the South Bay