First Taste

Henry's Taiwan: Taiwanese Cuisine in Tempe by Way of Seattle

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Henry's Taiwan Location: 119 East Southern Avenue, Tempe Open: About a month Eats: Taiwanese Price: $11 to $30 per person

Taiwan-born chef Henry Ku, who owns three restaurants in Seattle, makes traditional Taiwanese dishes from French techniques.

And if that isn't enough of a curve ball for you, he started his career flipping hamburgers.

Last month, Ku brought the classics of his homeland -- a kind of mash-up of the foods of the Min Nan, Teochew, and Hokkien Chinese communities as well as Japanese cuisine -- to Tempe, in a tiny welcoming spot called, appropriately, Henry's Taiwan.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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