NORCROSS, Ga. — Love to eat?  Always on the go? You’re in good company at Bento Café, where the family business is built around a love for food.

“In the Taiwan culture, we just love to eat,” Peggy Wu, owner of the Norcross restaurant, said.  “So this is like a home meal, in a box, to go.”

In fact, Bento Café shares a similarity with its Southern surroundings: an attachment to fried food.

“Fried is a big deal,” Wu said.” “We drop a lot of stuff in the fryer. Many customers have told us that the fried drum is one of the better fried chickens they’ve had, so we’re proud.”

“How does this dish represent Taiwan?”

For Wu, the bento drum, a chicken quarter leg, is not just the fan favorite, it’s the signature dish.

“Taiwanese people are always on the go. We eat a lot of take-out, basically,” she said. “We constructed a plate with the three vegetables, portion of meat, and rice. So in Taiwan, this isn’t on the plate.”

“How does this dish represent Atlanta?”

“We’re just a family that loved to cook and loved to eat,” Wu said. “Mom’s a very good cook. We’d throw small gatherings where friends and family could come to eat. Here we are, 14 years down the road.”

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