Feedback
Dining Out 2 minutes 12 August 2020

What MICHELIN Inspectors Said About The 7 New Bib Gourmand Eateries In Taipei 2020

The MICHELIN Guide Taipei & Taichung 2020 selection highlights 31 restaurants and 23 street food stalls in Taipei, of which 7 made the list for the first time. Here's why they impressed our MICHELIN inspectors.

Bib Gourmand MICHELINGUIDETW MICHELINSTAR20

Ahead of the full revelation of the 2020 edition of the MICHELIN Guide to Taipei and Taichung on August 24, Michelin released its Bib Gourmand selection for the two cities on August 11, celebrating eateries that offer value-for-money food for less than 1,000 Taiwan dollars (excluding drinks).

READ MORE: These Are The New Bib Gourmand Eateries In Taipei & Taichung 2020

Out of the total of 54 addresses in Taipei that received the Bib Gourmand distinction, 7 are new to the list, while 3 establishments — A Kuo Noodles at Jinxi Street, Chen Tung Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup at Raohe Night Market, and Wu Wang Tsai Chi (previously named Sung Ching Taiwanese Burrito) at the Nanjichang Night Market — are former Bib Gourmand venues that have moved to new locations. Their re-selection for the Bib Gourmand list by MICHELIN’s inspectors is an affirmation of their continued high standards.

We take a closer look at what impressed our MICHELIN inspectors about these venues during their gourmet exploration of Taipei.

A bowl of noodles served with clear but flavoursome broth at A Kuo Noodles.
A bowl of noodles served with clear but flavoursome broth at A Kuo Noodles.

A Kuo Noodles

This shop is named after the traditional staple Tshek-a-mi – greased noodles, bean sprouts and crispy scallion in a flavoursome clear broth made daily with pork bones and simmered for hours. Other recommendations include steamed rice with crispy scallion, braised pork hock, and dumplings tossed in chilli oil. Try also their crispy deep-fried pork belly marinated in red yeast rice for extra aroma.

Chang Hung Noodles has been in business for over half a century.
Chang Hung Noodles has been in business for over half a century.

Chang Hung Noodles

For almost 50 years, regulars have been coming for its pork cheek noodle soup, boiled chicken and pork tail.

Chen Tung's soups are simmered for hours with Chinese herbs.
Chen Tung's soups are simmered for hours with Chinese herbs.

Chen Tung Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup

Running for over 30 years, it’s famous for pork ribs stewed in herbal stock. Lamb is recommended in winter.

Samosas from newly minted Bib Gourmand eatery in Taipei, Taj.
Samosas from newly minted Bib Gourmand eatery in Taipei, Taj.

Taj

Bold colours, patchwork and ethnic prints abound in this bustling halal restaurant serving Northern Indian cuisine. The Pakistani owner shops for spices and recruits chefs from India to ensure the cooking aligns with his vision. He is also keen on hosting Indian cultural events at weekends. Signatures include tandoori chicken, and dal Makhani (black lentil curry). Don’t forget to order wholemeal tandoori roti to go with the food.

Previously named Sung Ching Taiwanese Burrito, Wu Wang Tsai Chi at the Nanjichang Night Market serves popiah rolls generously filled with various ingredients.
Previously named Sung Ching Taiwanese Burrito, Wu Wang Tsai Chi at the Nanjichang Night Market serves popiah rolls generously filled with various ingredients.

Wu Wang Tsai Chi

Rechristened and moved into an alley, but expect the same tasty popiah roll with 10 different fillings that are packed with layered flavours.

Set next to the Qingshui temple in Wanhua district, Yijiazi is renowned for its authentic Tainan flavours and dishes. (Photo: Yijiazi)
Set next to the Qingshui temple in Wanhua district, Yijiazi is renowned for its authentic Tainan flavours and dishes. (Photo: Yijiazi)

Yi Jia Zi

The third generation owners of this family shop insist on re-creating authentic Tainan flavours. The must-try stewed pork belly shows alternate layers of fat and meat and comes with pickles and marinated dried tofu on a bed of steamed Tainan rice; or you can order a gua bao sandwich with pork. Pork blood curd soup is seasoned with shacha sauce for a rich and complex flavour; Madou rice cake is also popular but come early before they run out.

Yuan Fang Guabao, which serves juicy pork belly sandwiched in pillowy buns, is located in Huaxi Street Night Market.
Yuan Fang Guabao, which serves juicy pork belly sandwiched in pillowy buns, is located in Huaxi Street Night Market.

Yuan Fang Guabao

An over-60-year-old shop selling buns stuffed with marinated pork belly, pickles, ground peanuts and coriander.

Read more about Bib Gourmand restaurants in our Behind The Bib Series

The full selection of the MICHELIN Guide Taipei & Taichung 2020, including its Starred restaurants selection, will be announced on August 24. Log on to the official Facebook page of the MICHELIN Guide Taiwan or the MICHELIN Guide Asia Youtube channel at 1pm Taiwan time to watch a livestream of the press conference and learn the results first-hand.

Official website of MICHELIN Guide Taiwan: https://guide.michelin.com/tw/zh_TW
Official Facebook Page of MICHELIN Guide Taiwan: https://www.facebook.com/MichelinGuideTaiwan/
MICHELIN Guide Asia YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/MICHELINGuideAsia/

Dining Out

Keep Exploring - Stories we think you will enjoy reading

Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to get news and updates about the MICHELIN Guide
Subscribe
Follow the MICHELIN Guide on social media for updates and behind-the-scenes information