Noodles Corner has turned into our local spot for Chinese food, and we loved a Taiwanese dish called "Three Cup Chicken" over the holidays.
Noodles Corner is in Columbia in the same shopping center as Mango Grove and Pub Dog. It's a casual place with a regular Chinese restaurant menu, but it also offers a second menu of "authentic" dishes that we have absolutely loved.
"Three Cup Chicken" or sanbeiji appears to be a bedrock Taiwanese dish cooked with soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil -- thus the "three cups" that make the sauce. We got tender chunks of chicken coated in an amber sauce lively with ginger, basil, salt and maybe lemongrass.
The chicken dish is all meat, so it pairs perfectly with the "Basil Eggplant." That plate comes to the table in a cloud of Thai basil. It smells delicious, and the eggplant has been perfect -- firm enough to stay together, soft enough to cut with a fork. We actually drove to Noodles Corner for the eggplant dish. It is worth every mile.
Do you have any restaurant-dish recommendations for other Chinese restaurants around Howard County? We are due for a trip to Odenton for Grace Garden, which remains my #1 favorite. I'd love any other recommendations about where you go and what you order.