When Stacy first arrived in the US in 2012, she quickly realized people are familiar with sushi from Japan, pho from Vietnam, dumplings from China, yet didn’t seem to know much about Taiwan and all that it has to offer. She ended up living in Oakland and, with its unique and diverse culture, decided Oakland would be the perfect place to showcase Taiwanese food.
Turns out, Taiwan Bento itself would turn into a mini Oakland, with team members who mostly reside in Oakland but are originally from all over the world to some who were born just a few miles away. The team has also always been greater than 50% women or non-binary individuals. We believe this diversity is what makes Oakland truly special, and the differences present not only an opportunity to learn but also make everyday life interesting and fun.
Over the years, we are elated to see Taiwanese food gain traction across the US. The recent pandemic has thrown us a curve, but we pledge to stay committed to authenticity and community. Our food is almost entirely sourced from other AAPI businesses and local farms. Many customers have become close friends. Our community helped us to get here, and we will continue to do our best to provide a welcoming, accepting, and yummy place for the community!