MJ Cafe & Teahouse – Rowland Heights

MJ Cafe and Teahouse is one of San Gabriel Valley’s many Taiwanese style cafes, known for its dizzying variety of tea-infused drinks and its confusing 17 page menu. The chain since expanded, opening up branches as far south as Irvine and as far west as Sawtelle.

At random times of the day, it’s absolutely empty. But other times, it’s completely packed, with 30 minute wait times and dedicated crowds itching to be seated. On our visit, I guess we got lucky. After a hike at nearby Schabarum Regional Park, we decided to grab a bite at MJ, the mothership of MJ Cafes.

Drinks. L-R: strawberry red zone 紅色帶成, sunset plaza 日落廣場, angry boba 傴EO波霸
Drinks. L-R: Red Zone 紅色帶成, Sunset Plaza 日落廣場, Angry Boba 傴EO波霸

We all ordered drinks from MJ’s selection of Magic Drinks (魔力冷飲), which comes in three sizes, regular, large and extra large. The Red Zone is blended with strawberries and watermelon, while the Sunset Plaza is a blended slush of orange and peach with egg pudding. The Angry Boba, my personal favorite, is a strawberry slush topped with cream (MJ 奶泡) and honey-soaked tapioca balls (boba).

Taiwanese chicken leg w/rice 香酥雞腿飯
Taiwanese chicken leg w/rice 香酥雞腿飯

The taiwanese chicken leg rice was puny, just 3 pieces of chopped chicken thigh, served with 3 braised vegetable dishes of the day.

MJ pork chop with rice MJ 台式排骨飯
MJ pork chop with rice MJ 台式排骨飯

The MJ pork chop rice also came as a rice set, a few pieces of pork chop, a bowl of rice, and three Taiwanese braised vegetable dishes of the day. The pork chop portions were likewise pretty skimpy, though I admit I liked the fried batter mix.

Rosemary chicken steak sizzling platter 迷迭香鷄排
Rosemary chicken steak sizzling platter 迷迭香鷄排

The rosemary chicken steak sizzling platter was less impressive than its name implies. Sizzling plates, called tieban (鐵板) in Chinese, are relatively common in Taiwan, where a staple food (noodles or rice) is served alongside a protein, all cooked in one dish.

Two sad looking burnt pieces of garlic bread, creamy corn soup, and an usual looking salad.

MJ Cafe and Teahouse
17521 Colima Rd., Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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