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With their new restaurant, lead cook Stacy Tang and her husband Willy Wang have brought a bit of bian dang (Taiwanese lunch box) culture to the heart of Uptown Oakland, where there aren’t many places you can grab a quick, filling lunch for under $10. Taiwan Bento aims to fill that niche. Lunch box options include braised pork (diced pork belly and ground pork cooked slowly until they form a rich, gelatinous meat sauce) and sesame-oil-marinated roasted chicken thighs, both served with Taiwanese “kimchi,” edamame, a tea egg, and plenty of white rice. Noodle lovers can go for a hearty bowl of Taiwanese beef noodle soup or zhajiangmian — Taiwan’s answer to Italian bolognese. Wash it all down with the caramel-y house-made winter melon drink.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–7 p.m.

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