I drove up allll the way up to University City to try out My Bento Asian Diner the other night. The restaurant, opened up by Taiwanese owner Andy Luo in December 2009, offers bento box meals with wok style dishes like General Tso's, Honey Sesame, and the like, but what excited me was their authentic Asian menu on the flip side of the menu. Taiwanese dishes like their ja-jun noodles, beef noodle soup, and bubble tea are very close to the real deal. The beef broth used for the beef noodle soup had great flavor and the beef chunks were tender. Their homemade boiled dumplings were delicious as well – made with hand-rolled dumpling dough wrappers and served with a sweet dipping sauce.
Bubble tea, a common street food in Taiwan, is traditionally a sweetened black tea mixed with milk, and contains black tapioca balls (the "bubbles") at the bottom. Sounds strange, I know, but it's so good. You suck up the tapioca balls as you drink through a special fat straw. At My Bento, they offer the original black tea flavor as well as flavors like taro, strawberry, mango, almond, red bean, papaya, honeydew and coconut.
Check out these pics and drool.
My Bento Asian Diner
8640 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28213