MICHELIN Guide Launch: Taipei Bib Gourmand Selection 2018
The inaugural Bib Gourmand selection for Taipei includes 36 establishments, 10 of which come from Taiwan’s famous night markets.
06 March 2018
A week ahead of the eagerly-awaited announcement of the first selection of the MICHELIN Guide Taipei when restaurants awarded with Michelin stars will be revealed, the list of establishments receiving the Bib Gourmand distinction has just been unveiled. The Bib Gourmand is a distinction given to establishments offering a quality meal within a fixed price range, which today stands at $40 or less in the U.S., and €36 in most European cities (tax and gratuity not included).
The inaugural Bib Gourmand selection for Taipei includes 36 eateries; 10 are offerings from Taiwan’s famous night markets.
Michael Ellis, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN Guides, comments: “Our inspectors have discovered the diversity and quality of Taiwanese cuisine, with great local gourmet offerings, including beef noodles, pork knuckles, squid balls, all at very attractive prices. Selections from the night markets include a healthy sesame oil chicken soup, pork liver or tripe soup, marinated chicken offal, kelp and duck wings. We also have a spot serving vegan stinky tofu—a Taiwanese favorite—on the Bib Gourmand list.”
The inspectors explored a wide range of styles and delicacies of cuisine in Taipei.
On the list of Bib Gourmand establishments, five serve Taiwanese cuisine: Mao Yuan is a friendly home-style spot which has been serving old-time local delicacies since 1971. Meili’s second-generation owners stick with their family recipes for authentic Taiwanese tastes. My Stove serves traditional Taiwanese cuisine with a modern twist, while My Sweet Home Small Kitchen is a small family-run restaurant serving Taiwanese, Hunan, Zhejiang and Sichuan fare. Shuang Yue Food focuses on healthy home-style cooking and proposes a signature chicken soup daily made with freshly prepared free-range chicken.
The list also shines a spotlight on the Taiwanese specialty of beef noodles with a total of eight eateries: Yong Kang Beef Noodle, Niu DIan Beef Noodles, Liu Shandong Beef Noodles, Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles, Liao Beef Noodles, Lao Shandong Homemade Noodles, Jian Hong Beef Noodles. Especially noteworthy is Halal Chinese Beef Noodles, a restaurant with over 60 years of history.
Among the list of Bib Gourmand street food stalls are three from Raohe Night Market.
In addition, 10 street food stalls from Taipei's famed night markets have also made it into the MICHELIN Guide this year. Three entrants come from Raohe Night Market: Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup, Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun and Shi Boss Spicy Tofu. Nanjichang, Ningxia and Linjiang Night Market each have two stalls featured. The final Street Food entrant into the Bib Gourmand Selection is Hai You Pork Ribs from Shilin Night Market, which has been using a secret recipe to make tasty and healthy pork rib soup—featuring over 15 herbs—for more than 40 years.
The Bib Gourmand selection for Taipei also highlights cuisines such as Jiangzhe, Shanghainese, Cantonese and Pekingese. Cuisines from other Asian regions are also featured, like Hamamatsuya, a shop that sources eels from local farms and presenting their signature eel rice with unagi sauce three ways—straight; with seaweed, green onion and sesame; or in green tea with wasabi. Also not to be missed is the first Sichuan vegetarian restaurant in Taiwan, Serenity.
See the full list of Bib Gourmand selections in the MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2018 here
The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2018 will be launched on March 14, 2018 at the Mandarin Oriental in Taipei. The full selection will be available here