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1. Street foods in Taiwan / night markets, small-eat snacks


       Liberty Times (自由時報) 1-6-2019 :  Taipei City Hall's "Model Night Markets" project, aims at " Japanese tourists are willing to sit down and eat "however, quite many stalls of this used to be high cooperative Nin-Xia night market oppose, in that elevating the hygienic level or style increases their running costs (new tables & seats, tableware, etc) and might loses their characteristics, human touch ...

     ●  Michelin Guide Taipei announced at 3-14-2018 starred restaurants of Taipei Taiwan.   Unlike other Asian street food stalls earning some Michelin stars (e.g., Singapore's Liao Fan soya sauce chicken rice & noodle, Hong Kong's Mammy Pancake and Thailand Bangkok's Jay Fai's wok-fired dishes), there's no any Taiwanese local specialty  (night market cheap eats, street food)  won any starred title.   Besides, Liao Fan was just a stall in Singapore, was upgraded to a restaurant in Taipei's prime and expensive location, still failed to win any title in Michelin Guide Taipei, including Bib Gourmand, and Plate (L'Assiette Michelin).    Further info. about Taiwan's night market street food in Michelin non-starred list is in the next web-page.

Bloomberg 3-15-2018 : Taiwan ranks about the last in number of  Michelin 3-Stars among  Asian cities; Taiwan's night market street food fails to win any Michelin star, but Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand did.

tbl.: Total number of Michelin Stars comparison among Chinese-world cities

Michelin Guide 2018

3 star

2 star

1 star

num. of stars (星數)

Hong Kong, Macau  (港澳) 8 16 57 81
Singapore (新加坡) jun'17 1 7 30 38
Shanghai (上海) sept'17 2 6 22 30
Taipei  (台北) 1 2 17 20

     ●  All night-market districts across Taiwan have safety problem similar to the big gas-cylinder LPG-explosion in Fengjia (逢甲) night market (known as largest night-market business district in Taiwan) / The China Times, 7-19-2017.

     ●  BBC, Dec. 12, 2018: New York is the city never sleeps, Taiwan must be the island never gets full -  there's a fourth and final meal (Xiaoye) in Taiwan... loud messy night life has stinky tofu (Li Zhang Bo, NingXia night market), oyster pancakes, blow-torched steak, honey sweet pearl milk tea, comically fat pork sausages ...  
●  SETV news, 3-23-2018: About half number of stalls in Liu-Ho night market, once Taiwan's No.1 popular "charming" night market aged 60, was closed, for lacking of Chinese tourists, being a greedy market ripping tourists off (the other two are Shi-Lin and Keng-Tin night market),  and being highly homogenous (all about the same).


  Taiwan,  a ripping-tourists-off paradise

Shi-lin night market

Shi-Mun Din (西門町)

Keng-Tin (墾丁大街)


Taiwan tour & travel



 pic.: Apple Daily headline news 4-8-2018: Taiwan became a ripping-tourists-off paradise, scholars criticized
Taiwan government kept blind eyes and did nothing about this. 
ps: CTS 4-11-2018: Keng-Tin's ripping tourists off already seriously damaged Taiwan image. 


蘋果日報 (Apple Daily), 12-9-2018:

ripping-off controversies

what's about
 Dec., 2018 / Yi-Lan City, LuoDong night market (宜蘭羅東夜市)
(was blamed as 2nd Keng-Tin)
crispy spare-ribs (排骨酥), NTD 60 for only 4 pieces
Dec., 2018 / Rei-Feng night market, Kao-hsiung (高雄瑞豐夜市) water-boiled corns, NTD 220 for 4 pieces, was scolded if chose leaving
April, 2018 / Shi-Lin or Shih-Lin night market, Taipei (士林夜市) fresh-cut fruits , NTD 30 for 100g ,
NT1500 for
7 bags  (Korean tourist complained)
April, 2018 / Keng-Tin night market, Kao-hsiung  (墾丁夜市) both look alike,
minced pork on noodles (
肉燥乾麵) NT180,
 3-colored plain noodles (
三色拌麵) NT220
Dec. , 2017 / Keng-Tin night market, Kao-hsiung  (墾丁夜市) <吳師傅魯味> - braised flavour (滷味2盤) 2 plates NTD1845
Jan., 2017 / Kao-hsiung City,  Liu-Ho night market (六和夜市) stir fried La's Jargon (炒烏魚膘) NT1680,
price down to NTD840 after reporting to the police

ps: Consumer Ombudsman Officer (消保官) advises asking price and quantity in advance for self-protection



     ●  New York Times (2-24-2017):   Taipei ... has a street food scene as vibrant as that of Bangkok; restaurants that specialize in both Taiwanese and regional cuisines from around China; thousands of cheap and cheerful joints at which to drink cold beer with small plates and quick stir-fries; ....  ref to https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/travel/taipei-taiwan-restaurants-local.html

       Chang Gung Mem. Hospital professor Yin M.D. : "Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !".

     Apple Daily, 11-20-2017 : Almost all world countries are more and more strict with food safety, only Taiwan is more and more relaxed in legislating for food safety.   In this way, how can Taiwan have a reputation on "fine food kingdom" ?  (breif)  /  by 邱致穎, chair, and teacher of food science, TungHai University
  The United Daily (3-1-2017): Many Taiwanese night markets closed down due to lacking of distinguishing feature or quality, and the number of Chinese tourists sudden decreasing.

     The Liberty Times (10-22-2015):   Legislator criticized Taiwan's tourism ads. flattering & focusing on "small eat" (street foods), but those small eats in each night markets are highly homogenous (all about the same) and lack of Taiwan's "culture"
The China Times (5-26-2015), a critique in media commentary<掉漆的文創> :"Something we should pay attention to is, a Hong Kong poll on the net selected Taiwan as the most disappointed point of attraction on this planet    Taiwan's night market is the only place being worthy of visiting".    
 ●  The China Times (8-8-2015) : Taiwan failed to establish a high-quality image of tourism & travel, but just impressed tourists a place filled with cheap goods, e.g., small-eat,  that's a bad marketing strategy.


      In UK's Economist Intelligence Unit - Global Food Security Index ( Sept., 2017), Taiwan is not included , China's score of 2017 is 63.7, ranks 45th among 113 nations ( Singapore 4, Japan 18, Korea 24, Ireland 1, US 2, UK 3,);  In EIU Liveability Country Level Index (Jan. 2015), Taipei's "Food Security Index" ("1" means "Most Secure") is "42", same as all other communist China's major cities, e.g., GuangZhou, TianJin, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai.  Asia best Singapore's index from "5" in 2014 rises to "2" in 2015 (5-28-2015).  Most-secure-food cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., all are Index "1",  Paris Index is "3" ,  Zurich and Amsterdam index "5", Brussels "7".     The Economist (11-29-2014) analyzed Taiwanese black-heart foods caused ruling party "has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats" since 1949,  "The failure of Mr Ma’s government to prevent a series of food scandals has also upset many"The New York times (9.8.2014): The authorities in Taiwan are scrambling to control a tainted-cooking-oil scandal that has affected hundreds of manufacturers and raised fears about health risks posed in many commonly consumed food items... the new scandal shows that there is still not enough being done to eliminate lawbreaking production lines”.   BusinessWeek (9-8-2014): "The new gutter-oil scandal has “shocked local consumers in Taiwan".   BBC (11-19-2013): Consumers in Taiwan have been shocked by a series of food safety scandals.




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Discovery (USA) called oyster omelette as  "Taiwanese Viagra".  Oyster omelet is best dish / most typical snack in Taiwan.
Taiwanese government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) announced via Guardian (UK) and United Daily (Taiwan) in 2010 that Taiwan will spend
NT1 billion dollars on promoting
"country brand" by popularizing typical foods, oyster omelet and stinky tofu...  
Although Bizarre Foods of
Andrew Zimmern in Nov. '15 mentioned Americans are afraid of street foods ...

Apple Daily's Next magazine (12-16-2015): gov. statistics - night market is No.1 attraction tourists visited. United Daily (10-31-2015):
"Many Chinese tourists, Small incomes ... they took lots of photo, spent little "



oyster omelet reported by Discovery USA oyster omelet reported by CNN 7-24-2015

ShiLin night market's "Grandmom's family" (「阿婆之家」) oyster omelet was one of 2 stores earliest-selling oyster omelets in Taiwan.  "Loyalty" / "Zhong Cheng" (「忠誠號」) is another most famous Taiwanese oyster omelette in ShiLin night market.
The Liberty Times
(12-13-2015) also intro. oyster omelette : TaiChung ZhongXiao (忠孝) night market, 大胖蚵仔煎
ZhongHua night market, Chen - a 40 yrs old shop (陳四十年老店, 一段197號), Kasohsiung, a popular shop, Tsai (蔡家in軍校路54) etc.


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Discovery (USA) visited and introduced "The Circle Side" ("圓環邊") oyster omelet (46 Nin-Xia Rd. Taipei). CNN  (July 24, 2015) ranked "Lai Ji" oyster omelet as No.3 among "40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without" . ps: The Liberty Times (9-18-2015 Weekender): some businesses used soaking in phosphatic water to enlarger oysters, formaldehyde (HCHO) to extend oysters expiration, borax(硼砂) to whiten (or avoid dark / black color) oysters ... better select shops with reputation.







best street food - braised pork rice in Taiwan




CNN( 7-24-2015)"40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without" -  ranking No.1 is
Gin-Fon(金鋒)Braised pork rice, which is next to Nan-Men Market (on Roosevelt Rd. - for honoring US former president);
NT50 for Large-sized , NT30 Small-sized.  But, pls. note no braised egg (NT10) in CNN website's pic. (8-4-2015) is included in the pork rice, besides, according to United Daily (4-30-2011, 6-5-2014), braised pork rice was selected as one of 10 unhealthy, dangerous Taiwanese foods in night market (see tbl. below), however this never affects a long queue at front of Gin-Fon restaurant.






CNN: best beef noodle in Taiwan




CNN(7-24-2015)recommands 40 Taiwanese foods that we can't live without, the picture above is No.2  food  ―
Lin-Dong-Fang beef noodle in Ba-de road, Taipei. (neighborhood of the headquarter of
KMT, Taiwan's ruling political-party '08 ~ '16)
you can see a long queue in each weekday's dining time , but,
It looks bit awful,  even it tastes awesome, how do Westerners feel about the "restaurant"? 
 another one CNN recommended is Tao-Yuan Street Lao Wang beef noodle, their beef is sort of pink-colored (look like roast beef),
very tender, and less salty than Lin DongFang's.  (ps: new shop opened next lane, but Taiwanese still like messy one / 2017)







Pic. above: 90% of what we eat and use contain poison or toxin - The secret that Taiwanese business won't tell you, the cover-page of book  <Those black-heart products poison-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)>, written by professor Wu (吳家誠), consultant of Taiwanese government and dean of National Taiwan Normal University.


pic. left: Most 5 star hotel restaurants in Taiwan don't wash the vegetables, they just soak in water and cut them... It's 5 star restaurants' "S.O.P", not to mention average Taiwanese restaurants... , besides, the food-safety specialty of 5 star restaurants deserves my concerns.  A 5 star hotel restaurant made Japanese sashimi by fresh-water fishes, this may causes serious infection and even cancer, according to Japanese studies in 2013...hence, people should minimize the number of times dining out to assure safety / Jiang M.D.'s book "食在安心"(by 江守山 M.D.,  Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, etc. ), printed in Oct, 2014.   Another book "Fruits , Vegetables" (Chinese namely, "遠離毒蔬果") written by IMEI (義美) group's leader Luis Ko (高志明), page 162 quoted Dr. Gaston J.C. Wu (professor & dean, Taiwan Normal University) that Taiwan's vegetables and fruits should be flush thoroughly with plenty of flowing water, those tiny gaps and hollows need to be brushed before cooking or/and eating.  No just soaking vegetables and fruits in water in a large basin ...


  1. Michelin  Bib Gourmand, street food,  3-6-2018 

 Michelin Taipei - "good value" street food, NT30 ~ NT1300 (avg. 1000)





night markets
饒河夜市:  陳董藥燉排骨 (Chen Dong Pork Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs) 910 901 933 160, Rao-he St.  (Raohe St. Night Market 慈祐宮前八德路旁, 饒河街160號路邊攤) stewed with lots rack of pork-ribs and medicinal herbs
饒河夜市:福州世祖胡椒餅(FuZhou Black Pepper bun)Pepper cakes/Hujiao bing / wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets  2311 5098 Rao-he St. Night Market (饒河夜市) cook for immediate consumption, paper-thin wrappings, crispy & good-smell, rich hot broth with spicy pepper flavour (「現做現賣,皮薄香脆,餡料肉汁淋漓且充滿辛香胡椒味)
饒河夜市, 施老闆麻辣臭豆腐(Shi Boss Spicy Tofu) 910 163 404 191, Rao-he St.  (Raohe St. Night Market 饒河街191號) Chou doufu / stinky tofu : hot spicy  stinky tofu soup, tender duck blood, pickled cabbage & deep-fried stinky tofu (麻辣臭豆腐湯加嫩滑鴨血必點,配以醃白菜的炸臭豆腐)
南機場夜市:臭老闆臭豆腐(Stinky Tofu Boss) 2305 2078 6, Ln.313, sec.2, Zhong-hua Rd. (中華路二段313巷6號) Chou doufu / stinky tofu : cook for immediate consumption, no milk-products added, good for Vegetarian
南機場夜市:阿男麻油雞( A Nan sesame Chicken) 0955-572-506 Ln.313, sec.2, Zhong-hua Rd..(中華路二段311巷)   health preserving sesame oil chicken soup (not very greasy) for all four seasons (四季合宜的養生麻油)
寧夏夜市: 豬肝榮仔(Rong's Pork Liver) 2553-9710 / 0935-937-231 68 Nin-Xia Rd. (Nin-Xia night market, 寧夏路68號前) Pig liver and pig bag only (只賣豬肝湯和豬肚湯,湯底肉香味濃,豬肝熟度完美,豬肚軟腍入味,配以香辛薑絲)
 寧夏夜市: 劉芋仔 (Liu Yu Zi Taiwan's taro - similar to sweet potato) 0920 091 595 34-4, Nin-Xia Rd.  (寧夏路34之4號, 蓬萊國小旁 Nin-Xia night market, )  
the reason of  being selected is its  fresh ingredients, and cook for immediate consumption.  chef specials are chicken-egg taro balls, taro pie (
蛋黃芋餅、香酥芋丸 )
 臨江街夜市:梁記滷味 ( Liang Ji Lou Wei) 2738-5052  83 Lin-Jiang Str (Nin-Jian night market , 臨江街83號)  Braised food/snacks : crispy duck intestines taste best
 臨江街夜市:駱記小炒(Lou Ji Xiao Chao) 2708 1027 27, alley 50, Lane 39, Tong-Hua Str. (通化街39巷50弄27號Nin-Jian night market ) all stir fried dishes (beef, snail, etc) are its signature
Hi-Yu Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(士林夜市: 海友十全排骨) 2888 1959  49, Da-Dong Rd. (大東路49, Shilin night market  Ribs stewed in 15 different kinds of secret-recipe medicinal herbs (15種以上的中藥秘方烹調出美味養生的藥膳排骨湯)
ps: some info. from Apple Daily headlines, UDN, 3-7-2018 ; https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei

2 Michelin Plate (L'Assiette Michelin), 6/70 are street food  , 3-14-2018


  Michelin Plate - street food  3-14-2018

stall/shop name




 東發號 2769 5739; no 94, Rao-he St. Rao-he St. Night Market(饒河夜市) Oyster vermicelli / Oa misua (蚵仔麵線),

avg. consumption NTD60;
since 1937, soup made by big bones, not sticky

 麻糬寶寶 2311 5098; no 111~105, Rao-he St. Rao-he St. Night Market(饒河夜市) soft-rice pie (麻糬) using local rice and rice imported from Thailand, avg. consumption NTD30
 圓環邊 2558 0198; 46 Nin-Xia Rd Nin-Xia night market(寧夏夜市) Oyster omeletteoyster soup (蚵仔湯), etc,  avg.  NTD65;
since 1965, made by oyster delivered from Tai-nan daily.  ps: 3-10-'18 6:30pm
, both this shop and Lai-zi (賴記蚵仔煎) have long queue, but Michelin does not select Lai-Zi
 斌 大腸包小腸 0910-396195; 84 Da-Nan Rd Shi-lin night market(士林夜市) Da chang bao xiao chang / big sausage wrapped around small sausage (大腸包小腸), avg.  NTD55;

10+ similar stalls in the market, but this stall got long queue.

 阿輝麵線 0952-672655; 67 Da-Nan Rd Shi-lin night market(士林夜市)  Oyster vermicelli / Oa misua (蚵仔麵線), avg.  NTD25;

To keep low price, they replace oyster by squid...

 山內雞肉 2305 0010; 20, ln307 sec2, ChingHua Rd Southern Airport night market (南機場夜市) chicken meat, avg.  NTD70;
good value.
ps: Michelin Plate's full list pls. ref. to Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 3-15-2018 ; ps2: Michelin Plate is not an award, it helps foodies' to expand quality-food restaurants choices.  ps3:  ref to UDN 4-2-2018

3.  CNN(7-24-2015)recommanded in large sized webpage that "40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without"

       No.1 is Braised pork rice ("金鋒滷肉飯" 10 Roosevelt Road, Section 1, Taipei).
       No.2 is beef noodle (
Lin Dong Fang store, Taipei, 274 Ba-de Rd., and Lao Wang, 15 Tao Yuan Street Pin Chuan Lan "品川蘭" , No. 10, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao East Road, Section 2, Taipei)。
       No.3 is
oyster omelet ( Taipei Nin-Xia night market, Lai Ji 198-22 Min-sen W. Rd.),
       No.4 is Bubble tea ("台中春水堂"
48 Yi-shu St., Longjing, Taichung , and "台南翰林茶館"313, Section 2, Minzu Road, Tainan
       No. 5 is Milkfish (虱目魚/ "小隱私廚"
65 Yongkang St., Taipei) 。ps: this site thinks the grilled/roast sea-milkfish (烤虱目魚, one piece for NT295) smells good but probably too salty or bit burned for some people - my families. 

      Next 35 are

        6. 擔仔麵Slack Season danzai noodles(16 Jhongjheng Road, Tainan )、
      7. 生煎包Pan-fried buns(Hsu Ji, Shida Night Market) 、
      8. 割包Gua bao(3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Rooservelt Road)、
      9. 鐵蛋Iron egg
(Seaside A-Po, 151-1, Jhongjheng Road, Tamshui; A-Po, 135-1, Jhongjheng Road, Tamshui)、
      10. 鳳梨酥Pineapple cake(
1/F, No. 1, Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng East Riad)、
      11. 甜不辣Tian bu la (Taiwanese oden,95 Xining South Road, Wanhua  )、
      12. 肉圓Ba wan (Giant meat dumplings, 17, Lane 16, Renai Street, Kaohsiung)、
      13. 鹽酥雞Salty Fried chicken(
530-1, Bei'an Road)、
      14. 蔥抓餅Flaky scallion pancakes、
      15. 蚵仔麵線Oyster vermicelli(Ay-Chung, 8-1 Emei St., Wanhua) 、
      16. 炸臭豆腐Stinky tofu(No. 347, Jiangong Road, Sanmin Dist, Kaohsiung) 、
      17. 地瓜稀飯Sweet potato soft rice、
      18. 刨冰Shaved ice mountain、
      19. 胡椒餅Pepper cakes(
Raohe night market, north end of Kee Lung Road)、
      20. 鼎泰豐小籠包Dumplings at Din Tai Fung、
      21. 魚丸湯Fish ball soup(
No. 21, Lane 210, Section 2, Yanping North Road, Datong)、
      22. 藥燉排骨Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(
Nanya Night Market, Nanya East Road, Taipei )、
23.~ 40 pls. ref. to CNN web-site http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/23/travel/40-taiwan-food/




4.  USA  CNNGO  (3-23-2012) introduced Asia's 10 greatest street-foods cities ( http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/eat/asia-street-food-cities-612721?page=0,2 )
, and Taiwanese street-side snacks in night markets.  CNN ranked Taipei as No. 2 among Asia's 10 greatest street foods cities.  No.1 city is Malaysia's Penang,  No.3 is Thailand's Bangkok, No.4 Vietnam's 河內, No.5 Singapore, No.6 Korea Seoul, No.7 China's XiAnn, No.8 Philippines Manila...

5. Taiwanese 'small eat' street-foods intro. by CNN :

Taipei's night market foods Try it at market ps:
1. Sheng jian bao (生煎包) Taiwan Normal Univ. night market (師大夜市) ...They hail from Shanghai, ...
2.Chou doufu / stinky tofu (臭豆腐)  Raohe St. Night Market (饒河夜市)  is a Taipei night market specialty. ...... Those new to the dish often find ... less intimidating and less, well, stinky.
3.Oa misua / oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線)  Shilin night market(士林夜市)   A Taiwanese specialty...
4.Gua bao / pork belly bun or "Taiwanese burger," as it's sometimes called  (掛包)  Taiwan Normal Univ. night market (師大夜市) ... creating one of the world’s greatest snacks.
5. Hujiao bing / wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets   (胡椒餅) Raohe St. Night Market (饒河夜市) ...savory filling is impossible to resist.
6. Niu rou mian / spicy beef soup with hand-pulled noodles  (牛肉麵) LaoPai Niurou La Mian Da Wang, Chongqing Nan Lu Yi Duan 46 Gang, Taipei  PS: A famous Taiwanese MD suggests not to have this for health's sake.
7.Douhua (豆花) 士林夜市   (Shilin night market) Taiwanese dessert made from the softest, silkiest tofu ...
8.Ba wan / Taiwanese meatballs  (肉丸) Taiwan Normal Univ. night market (師大夜市) a traditional Taiwanese snack food considered by many to be the country's national dish
9.Cong you bing / a flaky scallion pancake made with hand-rolled dough ( 蔥油餅)  Shilin night market(士林夜市)   Another dish with its roots in China...
 10.Da chang bao xiao chang / big sausage wrapped around small sausage (大腸包小腸)  Shilin night market(士林夜市)    


top rankings





Pic. left: mall's version of night markets,  small-eat street is the Cash Cow for most dept. stores (malls)
 in Taiwan.  Pic. is small-eat street in Taipei 101


The most popular small eats in Taipei 101 snack court:

tourists: No1 Liao Fan soya sauce chicken (了凡油雞飯) 
No.2  Indonesian flavor pepper beef rice (胡椒廚房胡椒牛肉飯)

本地客:No.1 oyster pancake/omelete (興葉蚵仔煎)
  No.2  vegetables (蔬河)
No.3 小南門 豆花 湯圓 牛捲餅

/ Apple Daily 12-26-2018


Pic. right: Ranking No.1 on google by "comment Taiwan night market " in Chinese,
10-15-2018,  9-3-2018, 2-14-2017, Sept. 2, 2015.



Pic. right: Ranking No.2 on Yahoo by "comment Taiwan night markets" in Chinese, Sept. 14, 2015.
 No.1 at
10-15-2018, 9-3-2018, 1-10-2017



6.   CNN's article ( 2 -11- 2015) "10 things Taiwan does better than anywhere else", first off introduced Taiwan's night market and small eat, "Taiwan sure has a lot of night markets -- an estimated 300 island-wide.", "some 70% of tourists to Taiwan will visit a night market.".  
   CNN Go (3-23-2012) selected Taiwan's Taipei as No.2 city among "Asia's 10 greatest street foods cities", only next to Malaysia's Penang, better than No.3 Thailand's Bangkok, No.4 Vietnam's 河內, No.5 Singapore, No.6 Korea Seoul, No.7 China's XiAnn, No.8 Philippines Manila...  ref. to ps2.

CNN readers to Vote (June 15, 2015): "Which destination has the world's best food? ", Taiwan ranks world No.1 (8,242 votes) in that open Facebook poll.  CNN stated that the culinary philosophy in Taiwan is simple. Eat often and eat well. Small eats -- but lots of them -- are the big thing here. CNN mentioned 3 foods - best streetside bao, the most incredible stinky tofu or mind-blowing beef noodle soup
  Business Insider (6-10-2015) introduced Taiwan's tour ―― Let's start with the food. Taiwanese people love to eat. The dishes people miss the most when they leave include beef noodle soup, soup dumplings from Din Tai Fung, and the uniquely Taiwanese oyster omelets.

       But, this web-site comments:

(1) stinky tofu (臭豆腐): This tasteful food may has some problems, including G.M.(genetic modified) soy as material, and deep-fried food being not healthy widely known already.
    (2) beef noodle (牛肉麵): They usually use a source namely DorBanJian(豆瓣醬), so, better select restaurants with reputation to avoid aflatoxin which may contains in 豆瓣醬 and may leads to liver cancer.
oyster omelet (蚵仔煎) :  It is most typical Taiwanese food ( you can see this street snack  in any night market), but not exquisite & elaborated food.    The oyster omelet in Discovery channel uses grounded-peanut.  Be careful of fatal
aflatoxin may be in brand peanut-powder , since a famous peanut product made in USA found aflatoxin before.





1.5   Are those "Taiwanese small eat & night market street foods" healthy to humans??


     ◆  Chang Gung Mem. Hospital professor Yin M.D. (殷宗海, Doctor, Univ. of London ): "Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !" ( ref. to book <食品不安全的年代如何自保>("how to survive in this bad food-security time", April 2016)) 

     ◆  Apple Daily, 11-20-2017 : Almost all world countries are more and more strict with food safety, only Taiwan is more and more relaxed in legislating for food safety.   In this way, how can Taiwan have a reputation on "fine food kingdom" ?  (breif)  /  by 邱致穎, chair, and teacher of food science, TungHai University

        China Times, 10-22-2017 : 84 out of 100 int'l tourist in time choose going to night market, 11+% local people go to night market.

    Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 8-28-2015,  A2 Prime News Edition

          The incidence rate of Taiwanese people suffering colon/rectal cancer was ranked world No.1 (2nd is Korea, 3rd Slovakia) , Taipei Medical University Hospital's director of surgeons expressed Taiwan's food scandals constantly happened in recent years, many black-heart tainted foods containing Carcinogen (cancer producer) is a factor causing high incidence rate.

  United Daily News, 10-13-2015:  "A great survey to Taiwan's aged-100 centenarians" found that "... they seldom dine out".

 The Liberty Times - Weekender  9.18.2015   Industrial bleaching agent, plumping agent with Aluminum, Industrial adhesives Maleic Acid,  Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate dihydrate (CH3NaO3S) , Gypsum of pharmaceutic ,   corn starch, phosphatic, formaldehyde (HCHO), borax, etc were used as foods addictives for better selling.  (for full details pls. ref. to Liberty Times)

Business Today.no.856, 2013 : not only banned colouring agent, copper chlorophyllin cooking oil, toxic ('poisonous') starch, dangerous levels of industrial plasticisers, poor-quality rice, deceptive advertising bakery ... were exposed in Taiwan media, but also dangerous materials/ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, Rongalite (Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate dihydrate 吊白塊  ) , Formaldehyde Solution(福馬林),  borax(硼砂) ,  salicylic acid (水楊酸), NaNO2   nitrite (亞硝酸),  fluorescent whitening/bleaching agent (螢光增白劑), copper salts (铜鹽), Sudan (蘇丹红), Butter Yellow(奶油黃),  Rhodamine B (鹽基桃紅精), Auramine (黃色色素鹽基性芥黃), H202 (過氧化氫), 4-ethoxyphenylurea(乙氧基苯脲), Lead oxide (氧化铅), potassium bromate;bromic acid potassium salt (溴酸钾) etc food additives were found in Taiwan's black-heart food and cuisine industries.  CLICK for dangerous foods in details :    food scare in Taiwan

  Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 8-29-2015,   Prime News Edition

          Dark brown sugars commercially available all contain Carcinogen ("丙烯醯胺", acrylamide , inspected results - max up to 2740 ppb ).  Drinking one cup (700 c.c.) of Pearl Milk Tea (full brown sugar) per day, may have risk of getting cancer.


  The China Times, the Liberty Times (10-22-2015): Lead pipes passed Shi-Lin night Market,  Raohe St. (饒河夜市) Night Market, Normal University (師大) night market, Yong-Kang (永康) street business area. (Nin-Xia night market is fine) Taiwan university experts expressed that high lead level in blood may cause infertility for adults, lower IQ and ability of cognition & social contact for kids, Taipei City government stated lead pipes will be replaced soon within 3 years.



 Top 10 dangerous street food in Shih-lin night market 
(<Liberty Times
自由時報> & <United Daily News聯合報>, 10.1.2013)

night market food


Deep fried chicken breast


   Oyster Omelet 

deep fried Stinky Tofu
天婦羅 482
 Large Sausage 
Small pie in Large pie
Pan-fried Pork Dumpling (Large sheng jian bao)                
fruits/fruits slices水果 297
    Fried Cuttlefish Soup / sautéed octopus/ stir fried octopus, squids 生炒花枝 209
十全排骨 175
Ps: (1) advice: share food with your friend, peel the fried chicken skin, etc
(2) measure Kcal compared with : 1 bowl of cooked rice has about 280 Kcal


  National Taiwan Normal University - graduate school of Chemistry, dean Dr. Wu (化學所長吳家誠教授)'s book <Those black-heart products toxin-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)> (Nov. 2013): Most of the time I eat at home, and has never dined out in street-side shops / small-eat markets (路邊攤), because those small-eat shops usually/always do not meet the minimum standards of cleanliness.  In case I can't reject some dinner party or must dine out,  I select only some restaurants I fully trust.  Besides, I've never touched processed food or cured products, and any drinks commercially available(市售飲料) in Taiwan, particularly, pearl milk tea which already is a world known Taiwanese food.  PS: The China Times (8-15-2015): Taiwanese favorite drinks contain high Kcal/g heat, you will gain 5.1kg if having pearl milk tea one regular cup (not less-sugar option) per day for 2 months.   Green Tea with Yakult(多多)'s Heat 341 Kcal/g, which is 3.2 times the upper limit of free sugar(游離糖) advised by WHO., Yakult drink, Orange juice, milk tea are high-heat too.



 90% of what we eat and use contain poison or toxin - The secret that Taiwanese business won't tell you.
   pic. is the cover of consultant of Taiwan's government & professor Wu's book <Those black-heart products poison-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)>

<The China Times>  (8-15-2015):

products ml Heat (Kcal/g)熱量 每瓶含糖等同方糖顆數
Green Tea (多多綠茶) 700 341 14
Pearl Milk Tea (珍珠奶茶全糖) 700 653 12
Yakult drink (發酵乳飲料) 330 243 11
Orange Juice 400 192 10
Milk Tea奶茶 400 212 9


 Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 8-29-2015,   Prime News Edition ;  United Daily News(聯合報) 8-29-2015,
  Dark brown sugars commercially available all contain Carcinogen ("丙烯醯胺", acrylamide , inspected results - max up to 2740 ppb ).  Drinking one cup (700 c.c.) of Pearl Milk Tea (full brown sugar) per day, may have risk of getting cancer.




◆  night marketsRisks everywhere

Black heart addictives harm the whole Taiwan, including almost all night markets, small eat shops, restaurants(幾近全淪陷)

Taiwanese government lacks of ability to handle this food-scare

(<今周刊Business Today>健康生活專刊04, Sept. 2013)

small-eat street-foods

j  addictives

why dangerous ?

(大腸包小腸) Small Sausage in Large Sausage

nitrite, NIT,NaNO2(亞硝酸鹽)

Used to add red-color addictive for sausage,
Eating too many may cause cancer

(珍珠奶茶)Pearl milk tea、(青蛙下蛋粉圓)Tapioca (ball) tea


Eating too many increases burden of liver and kidney, and may cause cancer過量食用增肝腎負擔 恐致癌

(炸雞排)Deep fried chicken breast、grilled chicken breast (烤雞排)

(嫩精) Tenderizer

Used for soften the texture, Eating too many may lead to cardiopalmus, lips numb/tingle, temporary ageusia/loss of taste sense (心悸唇麻短暫失味覺)

(現切水果)fresh cut fruits、(糖葫蘆)sugar coated Chinese hawthorn fruit

(糖精)Saccharin、 (甘精)glargine

Eating too many hurts liver and alimentary canal or may cause urinary bladder  cancer過量甘精傷肝與消化道、過量糖精致膀胱癌危險

(泰國蝦烤蝦蝦仁煎) Thailand shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp prawn Omelet


May get roseolafeel like throwing updiarrhea shock to stupor; coma; muzzinessTaiwan law already prohibited the use of food/ food products患者皮紅疹嘔吐腹瀉diarrhea 休克致昏迷已禁用於食品
ps: expert M.D. expressed :
(1)Taiwan's law is behind of medical studies, we already ate lots of legal but suspicious dangerous food addictives.
(2) medical tests only for single
chemical compound, not for 2+ chemical compounds (which may be interactive to increase probability of getting cancer)  .
台灣美食風險(1)法律落後醫學我們早已吃下許多合法但疑慮食品添加物 (2)檢驗只針對單一化合物,若化合物相互作用則不查   English version : Food in Taiwan( 危險美食)


  <CTV> (中視 "新聞一點通"),  9.25.2013 13:35pm

      Even you cook by yourself, still have chance to eat some black-heart ingredients/materials... ("台灣小吃 幾乎淪陷" 就算你三餐自己烹調 也不見得避開所有黑心食材)


 ◆ <BBC>,  6-6-2013  "台湾来鸿:危机四伏的饮食"

      High-risk industrial starch foods like oden (黑轮, fish cake), Taiwanese meatball, black tapioca pearl (粉圆) are popular Taiwanese small eats in night markets, Most of toxic/poisonous soy sauce were sold and delivered to night markets, including best-known Shih-Lin night markets... Taiwan is the only country eating cured products made by animal-feed, G.M.(genetic modified) soya beans.  (主妇联盟说台湾是世界上唯一直接食用饲料级基改黄豆加工 的豆制品国家。)




Top 10 Most Dangerous Taiwanese Snacks
(<United Daily News 聯合報> 4.30.2011)

 small eat

heat  density
quantity of heat calorie

鹽酥雞Taiwan's fried chicken

3.9 585/150

蔥油餅Scallion Cake or Chinese Pizza   

3.78 541/143
鍋貼Fried-Dumpling                                     3.06 753/246
Small Sausage in Large Sausage 
2.68 582/217
Braised Pork Rice 
2.25 648/288
deep fried Stinky Tofu
2.13 565/265
Gutinous Rice Pudding 
1.98 672/340
肉圓Meatball 1.85 324/185
   Oyster Omelet 
1.55 516/332
蚵仔麵線Oyster thin/soft Noodles 1.01 415/412
(above may be: Top 10 Most Popular Local Delicacies)




   <Business Today>, Taiwan  Pic. above: The secret that restaurant bosses don't dare to speak out !
Fatal & Horrible
cooking materials/ingredients !
A top chef : "These cuisine are made for customers, you guys (assistants in kitchen) don't eat them ! "

Pic. right:  Taiwan's government is unable to do administration on food industry, all Taiwanese people are in deep risk !
Black hearted soy sauce harms the whole Taiwan! it appears almost all night markets, snack shops, restaurants ... <Business Today> no. 856


  The New York Times, The Economist (11.29.2014) comment and analyzed that a series of food safety scandals is one of few main factors causing the KMT, Taiwan's ruling party, has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats since Chiang Kai-shek and his forces fled to the island at the end of Chinese civil war in 1949.



Taiwanese government never does some soul searching and corrects the wrong, according to Business Weekly (No. 1436, June 2015), "It's weirdo !!, Taiwanese government's food-safety check only focuses on 3 dried products - dried daylily, dried radish, and preserved fruits (snacks)", National Taiwan University professor Wu K.Y. comments it as "Completely evading the crucial point", "those 3 items are very low risky products", and "Taiwan's food safety is nothing but a slogan (台灣食安只口號-apple daily 3-28-2015  http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/new/20150328/582381/)".





 United Daily News(聯合報)/Liberty Times(自由時報)/China Times(中國時報) etc,  6.5.2014

Top 10 horrible combination-food in Taiwan for office ladies/men (十大恐怖外食)

 horrible index

hamburger + French fries (middle sized) + coke (600 cc)

too much greasy, sugar, salty

Spareribs (pork-rib) lunch box排骨便當 + pearl milk tea (500cc)

Fried-Dumpling鍋貼 + bean sauce (350cc)                 
Baked Italia noodle + Puff pastry on creamy soup
Korea fried chicken + beer       
Fried rice + pork-ball soup貢丸
Ramen (Japanese noodle)拉麵 + soft ice-cream               
Braised Pork Rice滷肉飯   + fish-ball soup
  beef noodle + pickle vegetable酸菜
deep-fried meat-ball炸肉圓 + olen (Japanese style Kantoni)關東煮



 Taiwan administration and vendors may learn something or be inspired by research article :   https://www.cookly.me/10-cities-where-you-can-eat-amazing-street-food

  Taiwan dangerous food, pls. click Food Scare for full details !







1.9  other night markets intro. by local media    


         ●   Asia Travel channel, Chef Nic (12道鋒味), 11-2-2018:  舒琪 intro. Kee-long City, Miaokou night market
No. 15 stall  (天婦羅)     
Wu Family's  Din-Bian-Tsou / Potside sticker soup (百年吳家鼎邊銼)     No. 58 stall  Nutritious Sandwich (養三明治) 
Chen Ji  Pao-Pao Ice / bubble ice  (甜品 陳記泡泡冰)    Deep fried chicken - opposite of No. 42 stall  
Chef Nic (HK star 謝霆鋒) comments : "fantastic atmosphere, solid foundations (氣氛非常棒  基礎很扎實)"


       ● United Daily (3-1-2017 聯合報):  Nin-Xia night market became the model of all this kind due to its creative business strategy which includes first non-smoking night-market, heat (Kcal) remarks, and outdoor-style catering "千歲宴"... 

      United Daily (1-13-2016): Taipei mayor Ko expressed Shi-Lin night market and Nin-Xia night market are 2 most popular Taipei markets selected by tourists.


 Taiwan's best night markets in more details:
士林夜市   ( Shi-Lin or Shih-Lin night market)  Shih-Lin night market's brand foods
◎  "Grandmom's family"「阿婆之家」(ps: was one of 2  stores earliest-selling oyster omelet in Taiwan.)、       

(Liberty Times 自由時報, news reported at 2-7-2013)


  1) "Zhong Cheng Hou"「忠誠號」 since 1972,brand foods are stir-fried cuttlefish thick soup (生炒花枝羹),pig liver soup with sesame oil (麻油豬肝湯), and oyster omelet。


  2) Widely known "Hao-Da" (豪大) XL deep fried chicken breast has 2 branches,one is at front of theater (陽明戲院)another is near night market in Gin-Ho Rd.


3) Others like Small pie in Large pie (大餅包小餅)Oyster vermicelli /thin, soft Noodles (阿亮麵線)Tapioca ball tea(青蛙下蛋)、 seafood & herb regimen food (海友十全藥膳) are good-tasted foods



"Loyalty" / "Zhong Cheng Hou"「忠誠號」―  oyster omelette or 天婦羅
◎ Chou doufu (stinky tofu) in Shi-Lin night market
◎  538 (original shop number)    ―    大香腸 (Large-sized Sausage) 
◎  501 (original shop number)    ―    大餅包小餅 (Small pie in Large pie)
◎   Hao-Da XL (「豪大」大雞排)  Deep fried chicken breast  
◎   stir-fried cuttlefish thick soup (生炒花枝羹)
PS: Tzeng oyster omelette  was voted as No.1 award winner among 6 shops in Shi-Lin night market by consumers and juries at 2-19-2012

Taiwan's night markets

The Liberty Times (自由時報),  reported at 2-7-2013

The Liberty Times,  (自由時報), Weekender , 10-16-2015.

 Taiwanese flavored foods

 Exotic food-shops run by foreigners

寧夏夜市 (Taipei NinShia or Nin Xia night market)

G KO pork with rice (「知高飯」) no. 034攤(since 50 yrs ago)、蛋包蝦仁湯
old fashioned but 2nd generation steamed spring roll / lumpia (since 60 yrs ago) 第二代古早味潤餅店 no. 043攤(60年)
coke cake or koroke pie(
梅可樂可樂餅) no. 071攤(since 5 years ago 開店5年)
"Lon" pig liver (「榮仔」豬肝) , since
60 yrs ago
"Circle" chicken soup with sesame oil (「環記」麻油雞)
"Cow's mom" Taiwanese barbecued sauce beef noodle (「牛媽媽」沙茶牛肉麵)

2011 on file:
◎   44-2 Nin Xia Rd. 「圓環邊」Oyster Omelet  ◎  「圓環」麻油雞 ("Taipei Circle" sesame oil chicken soup)  「榮仔」"Lon"  Pig livers 

Egyptian chickens and beefs - Taipei Gongguan (or Kungkuan 公館商圈) business area, tel: 0933268677

Turkish roast meat - Taoyuan Xing-Ren (桃園 興仁花園夜市) Garden night market, tel: 0976097585

Iran's Alibaba Middle East roast meat - TaiChung  Feng-Chia (逢甲夜市) night market, tel:0919846270


Brazilian Gaucho - Taichung Da-Lee (大里大里國際觀光夜市) int'l tourism night market, address: 478, sec. 2, Zhong-Hsin Rd.


Pakistan Hola Mexican - TaiNan DaDong night market (大東花園夜市), tel: 0929005000


Pakistan chicken curry bao  -  Kaohsiung FonShan (鳳山區大明路流動夜市) area, tel: 0988105509


Eastern Germany Das sausage  -   Kaohsiung Rei-Fon (瑞豐夜市)night market, tel: 0956730609


Italia cakes - Taipei Ton-Hua night market (通化夜市), tel: 0921617581


Polish hand-made Paul Papa dessert - TaiChung Han-Si (旱溪夜市)night market,  Address: sec.1 , Han-Si E. Rd., TaiChung


Korean cakes - TaiChung Gateway cultural-creativity tourism night market (水湳經貿文創觀光夜市), tel: 0978153925 

Spanish cakes, bread, potato egg omeletes -  TaiNan DaDong night market(大東花園夜市), tel:0935016171


British Mr. Fox cakes - Kaohsiung Rei-Fon (瑞豐夜市)night market, tel: 0911736361


GNA apple pie, cakes (boss: German, boss's wife : Polish) - Kaohsiung Rei-Fon (瑞豐夜市) night market, tel: 0910816504



Turkish ice cream -   Kaohsiung Liu-Ho (六合夜市) night market, addr: front of no. 64,  Liu-Ho 2 Rd


French / delices de France -   Kaohsiung Rei-Fon (瑞豐夜市)night market, tel:0986006218



PS:  To find English / Chinese names of night market foods -  pls. refer to:

高雄六合夜市(Kaohsiung City,  Liu-Ho night market)

◎  "Cheng old" papaya milk (鄭老牌木瓜牛奶)
◎  seafood soft rice (海產
粥)   ―   
choose the shop with most number of staffs
mullet roe (烏魚子 烏魚腱)

基隆廟口夜市 (Kee-long City, Miaokou night market)

◎  Din-Bian-Tsou / Potside sticker soup (頂邊銼)、a mouthful sausage (一口吃香腸)、Pao-Pao Ice / bubble ice (泡泡冰)


華西街夜市 (Hua-Xi Street night market, Taipei)

◎  Angelica sinensis / Danggui herb pig feet soup (當歸豬腳)、"Little Wang" Steamed Minced Pork with Pickles and soup (小王清湯瓜仔肉)、"Norther port/ Bei-Gun" sticky soft sweet-tasted rice ball (北港甜點麻糬)


宜蘭羅東夜市 (Yi-Lan City, LuoDong night market)

◎   "Uncle Zao" mutton hot pot (灶伯 羊肉爐), Tapioca (ball) tea (包心粉圓), braised chicken legs and shelled shrimps(龍鳳腿), "E-Fung" Cong you bing / a flaky scallion pancake made with hand-rolled dough (義豐蔥油餅)


台中逢甲夜市 (Tai-Chung City,  feng-chia night market)

◎  "Japanese Boat / Tseung Kwan O"  takoyaki / octopus meat ball  (日船章魚小丸子)、"Guan Chi Lin" Small Sausage in Large Sausage (官芝霖大腸包小腸)
Dai Gwan Hujiao bing (wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets, 台灣帝鈞碳烤胡椒餅)


★   快炒&海鮮 (NT100 quick served stir-fried sea-foods & vegetables)

◎  US TV program introduced Taipei's "Central Market" (「中央市場」) fast served Stir-fries located in Chang-An E. Rd.(長安東路).  Many dishes cost NT100 for each.


 10 biggest temple side night markets : Keelong (奠濟宮), Taipei (大稻埕/慈聖宮&霞海城隍廟), HsinChu(城隍廟) , TaiChung FoonYuan(豐原慈濟宮) , TaiChung Da-Gia (大甲鎮瀾宮) , ChangHua Lu-Port (鹿港天后宮), Yuan-Lin (北港朝天宮), TaiNan (保安宮),  TaiNan (祀典武廟) , Kaohsiung (武廟) -  ref. to the Liberty Times Weekender, Nov. 1, 2015


 China Times Weekly  ( 時報周刊)  issue No. 1983,  ~ 2-25-2016: 

           "Follow Taiwan's President Tsai to enjoy Ba Wan (Taiwanese pork ball ) ! " ( "跟著小英(蔡英文)瞌總統肉圓")

 New Taipei City/ Ah-Dian meat-ball 新北三重阿典肉圓 tel:22863475

★  Chang Hua/ Ah-Chang meat-ball 彰化阿璋 tel:04-7229517

  PingTong/ Chang-Chi meat-ball 屏東潮州張記肉圓   tel:08-7899686
  YunLin/  Fu-Chi BBQ goose 雲林福炭烤鵝   tel:05-5867007



2. Eating in Taiwan Chinese restaurants

中餐廳 (Chinese cuisine in Taiwan)

Best Chinese cuisine restaurants in Taiwan include: 


Din Tai Fung ( 鼎泰豐),  CNN (July 2015) dropped it to No.20 in Taiwan, Daily Meal (Oct. 2014) dropped it by 6 positions.  Din Tai Fung has been using MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) till present,  being suspicious of getting involved in Taiwan food scandal, and used G.M.(genetic modified)  material until July of 2015.  

YinYih restaurant - belongs to Chinese HuaiYang cuisine, intro. by Discovery of USA  ("銀翼", 淮揚菜系, 美國Discovery介紹 ) tel: 02-23417799


"Lon" restaurant - Shanghai original flavor, intro. once by Wall Street Journal, USA  (隆記菜館, 上海本幫菜,  美國華爾街日報Wall Street專文介紹)


Celestial restaurant, known for its Beijing Roast duck, intro. by Japanese magazine (天廚, 北京烤鴨, 日本刊物介紹)


Peng Yuan restaurant, Chinese HuNan province cuisine (彭園, 湖南菜系, 台灣大報介紹)

Beijing Do It True, intro. by Discovery USA (北平都一處since 1949, 醬肉燒餅etc, 美國Discovery介紹 )


Chin Garden - SiChuan province cuisine, In XiMun Din there's a SiChuan cuisine street ("黔園", 台灣大報介紹, 四川菜系,  西門酊康定路25巷是川菜街   )、

Chinese two provinces - Yunnan and Kweichow  cuisin 人和園(雲貴菜)


NanMen market, a most famous cuisine shop - ycyf.com.tw ("億長御坊", 年菜中國傳統家常菜 -  自由時報等介紹)、a branch in Taipei 101 F1 supermarket (南門市場內有些知名年菜店如合興糕餅、隆記等)、


Braised snacks / munchies:  JengJi.com.tw(正記, salty ducks鹽水鴨etc)LauTianLu.com.tw(老天祿,braised duck tongue滷鴨舌etc)、LaoTianLu.com.tw(上海老天祿 braised duck tongue 滷鴨舌etc )、信遠齋(smoked chicken燻雞etc)

some Chinese restaurants in some best 5 star hotels


Taiwanese cuisin, YongKang beef noodle, other widely known beef noodles include Lao Wang, 15 Tao Yuan St.,  Lao Dong which won 1st award in 2006 int'l beef-noodle contest (news report: " Japanese and  HongKongers heard YongKang's name and came (永康牛肉麵, 日本香港客聞風來")", but I personal feel YongKang beef noodle is more soy-sauce flavour according to experience about 5 years ago , so I agree CNN's evaluation in July 2015)


the Brand personality?

Din Tai Fung's Hong Kong branches were just eliminated their Michelin one star
 title at Oct. 31, 2014,

Taiwan's Din Tai Fung never won any Michelin star title, but it is advertising itself a Michelin star restaurant by posters at front of largest Japanese mall, Mitsukoshi Dpt. Store in Taipei. (photo Aug. 22 2015)


Din Tai Fung USA website (http://DinTaiFungusa.com) has also been advertising a similar one in its front-page. (tests till present at 9-17-2015)
more critiques ...


ps: the China Times analyzed losing Michelin most likely it's because of inconsistent quality problem.  (http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20141031001358-260405)



 You may ref. to Apple Daily's Next Magazine "The Best Restaurants 2013, Taiwan - high end and low end ones"  ( <壹周刊>出版之「美食大賞2013」之"高檔餐廳"與"平價餐廳"二版本)

 Taiwanese foods
Beaviss : dummy ! there's no poison, addictives, MSG, lard oil, gutter oil, etc being added in these Chinese heritage arts - pork stone and cabbage jade
Butter-Head: so, we can eat these health foods now?!

a creativity by Z. Zu

pic. below: former US president Bush was in Taiwan's restaurant - Beijing Do It True.
ps: DIT doesn't have Bush's favorite, Beijing roast duck, the best duck in Taiwan is in Celestial (
天廚) restaurant.

US president Bush was in Taiwanese restaurant

Snake Alley, HuaXi street's special ―  snake (Cobra, etc) soup  (a bowl for USD 5 ), snake gall, snake blood
Pic. above is a huge golden-color Patteraless (python)
Vedio below shows peeling a painful, curling, long snake for a  regimen-meal


hot pot - ShanXi instant boiled mutton
M.D.s advised Taiwanese favorite new-in spicy hot-pot may causes illness if having much; pic. above is tranditional Chinese ShanXi hot pot in Taiwan for instant boiled meat, was no longer popular.

I ate turtles and alligator-tail in Florida before, a widely saying in China & Taiwan eating soft-shell turtles is good for regimen, however, Taiwan just found turtles (甲魚/水魚) in a famous restaurant chain contain poisonous LMG, etc.  (CNA, 7-25-2015)
pic. above is a tourism site in S. TW.

Hong Kong's TimHoWan is a Michelin restaurant, but Taiwan's branch restaurant is not. 

Introduced by Wall Street Journal.
 Chiang or
Jiang G.K. (蔣經國), Former president's favorite-food restaurant was no longer crowded.



3. Eating in Taiwan int'l & Chinese cuisine

 <The Daily Meal> 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The Daily Meal celebrates the most exemplary epicurean endeavors in Asia :

 At 10-10-2014,   http://www.thedailymeal.com/101-best-restaurants-asia , ranks best restaurants in Taiwan:
No.6  Din Tai Fung  (was already wiped out of Michelin star list of 2014/2015)
No.43 Le Mout, Taichung  (the official website spelt wrongly - "Taiching")
No.42 DN innovation, Taipei, Taiwan
No.61 Osteria de Angie, Taipei, Taiwan
No.73 La Cocotte, a French restaurant, Taipei, TW
No.79 七十二牛肉麵 (Seventy-Two beef noodle restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan)

In its report of May 16, 2013, 4 out of top 5 are communist Chinese restaurants (全鴨季,Beijing; 紫雲軒茶事,Beijing; Temple Restaurant, Beijing; 前門M餐廳, Beijing).
There're 6 restaurants in Taipei rank "Top 101 Asian best restaurants", in addition to 鼎泰豐:
 No. 43: Tainan Tu Hsiao Yueh Danzai noodle (台南度小月擔仔麵).
 No. 50:  Non-zero restaurant, Taipei(非零餐廳).
 No. 70: Osteria by Angie, Taipei, Taiwan, it's an Italia restaurant.
 No. 74:  Seventy-Two beef noodle restaurant, Taipei, Taiwan (七十二牛肉麵).
 No. 76:  La Cocotte, a French restaurant, Taipei, TW.
 No. 86: Hiroshima, Taipei , TW (鐵匠鐵板燒居酒屋).

ps:      Best dish in Taiwan : oyster omelet (introduced by Discovery channel of USA) ―  it is most typical Taiwanese food( street snack everywhere in night markets), but not exquisite & elaborated food.   

According to New York Times (12-12-2015), French La Liste's  top 10 best restaurants include 3 Asian restaurants, but no any Taiwanese restaurant was included, the Liberty Times (12-13-2015) mentioned no Taiwan's restaurants included in top 1000 list. 

According to < Miele  Guide> of 2011/2012, There's no Taiwanese restaurants is included in top 20 Asian best, but inside Taiwan, 5 restaurants are listed as below:
   (1) Din Tai Fung,  ps: This restaurant admits they do use Monosodium Glutamate as addictive, and won't change this policy so as to keep major cuisine (e.g., steamed bun, chicken soup) delicious, according to United Daily News 5.9.2013.
   (2) 銀翼 (best dishes:文思豆腐,蔥開煨麵)
   (3) ShinYeh Taiwanese cuisin 欣葉 (02-25963255, best: 煎豬肝, 菜埔蛋)
   (4) Le Mout French restaurant 樂沐法式餐廳, a French restaurant (excellent, evaluated by Relais & Chateaux in 2011)
        in Taichung city (04)23753002(best dish: 經典套餐NT3800)
   (5) La Cocotte, a traditional French cuisine restaurant own by Fabien Verge (02)33223289 (best dish: NT980白酒墩牛肚)

According to < Country Brand Index> of 2007( 2008 Top Country Brand Index Ranking  ),Japan is the only Asian country ranking top 10, Red China is a rising star.

"Fine dining" category:


Italia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, UAE, Malaysia, Spain, Argentina .( underscore for Eastern nations) 
"Food" category:


1 Italy, 2France, 3 Japan, 4Spain, 5 Singapore, 6 Thailand, 7 India, 8 Brasil, 9 Malaysia, 10 Swiss, 11 Germany, 12 Vietnam, 13 Greece, 14 Australia, 15 USA (underscore for Asian nations)

  The World's 50 Best Restaurants 1-50, 2013 sponsored by S. Pellegrino & Acqua Panna,   April 29, 2013  http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World's_50_Best_Restaurants  (by Wikipedia)

In this list, top 10 are in Western world (Spain, Denmark, Italia, USA, UK, Austria, Germany), Hong Kong's 龍景軒 is the highest ranking (No.75) Chinese restaurant, no any Taiwanese restaurant included.  Taiwanese chef Jiang (江振誠)'s "Restaurant Andre" located in Singapore ranks No.38.

The Best Restaurants 2013, Taiwan /  High End restaurants list , published by Apple Daily's Next Magazine, Taiwan.  (
美食大賞2013」高價餐廳 <壹周刊>出版)。

    (1) Taipei City & New Taipei City/ 
          3 star high end restaurants
:明福Taiwanese cuisine  
          2 star high end restaurants
Chinese Dishes(中菜): Bamboo Village Cantonese cuisine(竹家莊粵菜香港料理)、 真的好Cantonese seafood cuisineLe Meridien艾美酒店寒舍食譜Cantonese cuisinePalais de Chine 君品酒店頤宮Si-Chuan&Cantonese cuisine、 軒維小館Ze-Jian & Jian-Su cuisine、 客家小館
Hakka & Ze-Jian cuisine、 新東南Taiwanese cuisine
Western & other cuisine (西菜與其他):  n/a.
West (Tao-Yuan City, Tai-Chung, Tai-Nan, Kaohsiung, Jia-E City, etc)/
           3 star high end restaurants
: Thomas Chien French cuisine,  
           2 star high end restaurants

  Chinese Dishes(中菜):  Tai-Nan City台南阿美飯店Taiwanese cuisine, Tai-Nan City阿霞飯店Taiwanese cuisine, Kaohsiung City高雄海天下Taiwanese seafood cuisine
 Western & other cuisine (西菜與其他):    n/a
1 star high end restaurants:  n/a.

    (3) East (Kee-lung, New Taipei coast, Yi-Lan, Hua-Nien, Tai-Dong, remote tiny islands Ludao, Sanasay, Jitanasey)/ 
            3 star high end restaurants
: none was selected, 
            2 star high end restaurants
:阿國Taiwanese seafood、陶甕百合春天Taiwanese aborigines cuisine,  
            1 star high end restaurants
: n/a.

          (n/a restaurant-names, Pls. contact Next Magazine <壹周刊>。)


"Michelin Star" restaurants in Taiwan: 

    Actually, There's no Michelin starred restaurant in Taiwan by mar 2018.

    ●   TimHoWan (添好運):  With nick-name "Global cheapest Michelin Star restaurant",   Hong Kong's TimHoWan 3 branches in 北角、深水埗, 大角咀 at 10-30-2014 gained Michelin one star title respectively。At Nov. 5, 2015, their Hong Kong (not Taiwan) restaurants won again.  But CTV evening news (12-12-2015 7:15pm) criticized some foods in Taiwan TaiChung branch is not up to Michelin level.

     ●   YeShanghai (夜上海): Hong Kong's YeShanghai obtained Michelin 2 stars in  2012, one star in  2013, 2014(10-30-2014)

     ●  L'ATELIER de Joël Robuchon (侯布雄法式餐廳,Taipei) :  Taipei's L'ATELIER ( Robuchon ) located in Bellavita is not a Michelin starred restaurant, although their branches in Paris, Tokyo, etc obtained Michelin star titles in recent years, for full details pls. check  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Michelin_starred_restaurants。

     ●   Din Tai Fung / 台灣鼎泰豐自我宣傳為米其林餐廳, 但even其香港分店剛失去2015米其林title (ps: 2016年也落選),台灣總店則從未摘星。http://hk.ulifestyle.com.hk/topic/detail.html?id=ABFGD1ozBwlZFQNo

     ●   The 2016 Michelin Guide is now featuring wallet-friendly street food in the latest instalment of its Hong Kong and Macau hospitality guide edition (no "star" awarded).   The 'branch' of Taiwan's Dai Gwan Hujiao bing (wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets, 台灣帝鈞碳烤胡椒餅) in Feng-Chia (逢甲) night market is included in 2016's street food list of Macau.  The boss said there're some difference between Taiwan's and Macau's.   The Hujiao bing in Macau's branch taste more salty, those in Taiwan taste more spicy (SETV news 11-6-2015). 

     ●  For more Michelin restaurants and further details pls click  Le Guide Michelin  Mar. 2018



4. Eating in Taiwan - buffet










 pic.: No.1 "5 star hotel buffet in Taiwan" (Eng. version & Chn. version) on Yahoo search engine and Bing, 9-3-2018.

★  台灣五星級飯店 buffet 


        Although world media always introduced Taiwan's "small eat", Taiwanese also love "big eat" ――  There's a widely-known slang in here:  Taiwan has 3 "worth-the-value" stuffs:  
health insurance, labor insurance, and all you can eat buffet.(台灣有三"寶",健保、勞保、吃到飽) Apple Daily (10-31-2015): Euro. style all you can eat buffet turned into "Cash Cow".   The United Daily (1-10-2016): Taiwanese best-love restaurant is all you can eat buffet...  We still must under no circumstances take food safety issue lightly.

       The article, Taiwan's 5 star hotel - all you can eat buffet, has been ranking world top on google and yahoo for years, pls. click for full text.    Cheaper/economic-price buffet restaurants are everywhere too, but "Eastern Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,EBC (東森) TV" evening news (11-30-2015, 8:42pm): having those fake / restructured / glued meat (beef, pork, mutton, seafood: abalone, calamari, etc) is easy to get food poisoning.

5 star hotel scandals -  A book (Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital's physician Jiang So-San M.D. 江守山 "食在安心" (10-2014)) said many 5 star hotel restaurants don't wash vegetables ...  some 5 star hotels made sashimi raw fish slices by using fresh-water fishes, this may increase the probability to get cancer  (for details 台灣餐廳  or  台灣美食Taiwan Night Markets ) ; Epoch Times (大紀元, 3-14-2017):Okura Prestige Tpe (大倉久和, a 5 star hotel) sold expired frozen shrimps, molded taro (vegetable 芋) etc;   SETN news ( 三立新聞 5-16-2016): Some 5 star hotels in northern Taiwan sold black-hearted expired seafoods ;  LTN (5-17-2016): 5 star hotels Ambassador and Howard (國賓福華) clarified this news;   Apple Daily (蘋果日報 6-7-2016): Sheraton (喜來登) 's white shrimps contained bleaching agent (漂白劑),4 times higher than the legal standard,Ranina (Spanner crabs 旭蟹) contained heavy medal Cadmium poisoning (重金屬镉) 14% higher than the standard...;  Apple Daily (蘋果日報 7-2-'13): Taiwan's tourist hotels' food ingredients expired 2 years,  only 3 out of 21 hotels passed the security check and sanitary examination etc conducting by Taiwan Administration, e.g., Shangri-La's (tnn) did not separate their cutting tools for cooked foods and raw foods;    FTV news, 5-18-2017: 13 ingredients / materials expired were found in a 5 star hotel of Taiwan;  CTI TV news (5-17-2017, 19:33): What can we eat in Taiwan? people are uneasy for food here...  

 Cheaper/economic-price buffet restaurants are everywhere too, but "Eastern Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,EBC (東森) TV" evening news (11-30-2015, 8:42pm): having those fake / restructured / glued meat (beef, pork, mutton, seafood: abalone, calamari, etc) is easy to get food poisoning.


   Taiwan / 五星級飯店吃到飽之對決       brief 自由時報 7-15-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-17-2016

W Hotel / 台北市

 Le Meridien
/ 台北市

/ 台北市

Westin / 台北市

Shangri La's Far Eastern
/ 台北市

4F - 羅浮宮

1F - 彩虹
漢來海港 / 台北市

Regent / 台北市

漢來海港 / 高雄市巨蛋店 漢來海港 / 台中店 國賓 / 高雄市 饗食天堂 / 台中店 Sheraton / 台北市   欣葉 / 台北市
爐烤豬排鮮嫩、多國風味肉, 選擇多, 但藥燉排骨肉柴 ;
部分海鮮供自行取用 ;糕餅種類少
帝王蟹、 貽貝、石蟳高檔新鮮,生魚片大氣,冰櫃海鮮種類多且新鮮,但三點蟹不新鮮


烤鴨油雞牛羊排有水準 ;
生魚片白蝦香螺新鮮 ;螃蟹略不新鮮  ;甜點、酸奶五星級
扇貝新鮮 建議由海鮮下手;
肉類較五星級遜、烤鴨柴;Haagen-Dazs冰淇淋未標口味 ;白蝦旭蟹新鮮,三點蟹不新鮮,大蝦、中捲海味足,魚湯佳 ; 主打海鮮,花樣多,四種螃蟹新鮮 ;
 港式XO蟹煲、烤香魚水準上;現烤牛肉應屬美Prime級, 甜點選擇多樣
生魚片8~10種海鮮豐富多樣鮮度佳,冷熱皆優;甜點30+樣 牛小排勝,牛肉等級好,德式香腸香 ;海鮮料理手法多元尤其鐵板煎鱸魚排;甜點類多質佳 冷盤海鮮種類豐富鮮度佳 帝王蟹新鮮 ,熱炒瓜子不佳;
爐烤牛肉印度咖哩燒餅越南河粉;冷菜肉多為半成品, 甜點類少又偏甜
生魚片新鮮 ; 肉擺出量不多生熟控管好;點心須服務人員協取
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  Must eat in Taiwan's 5 star buffet restaurants            ref. to The China Times, 12-6-2014 (中國時報)

(寒舍艾美酒店, France)
 Le Meridien



Shangri La's Far Eastern




hotel royal taipei 


Emperor crab, steak must eat, don't forget 現烤芙蕾! long tern reputation, all cuisins above average level Shabu-shabu, one wok for one person, in winter seasm oil and Chinese medicine added various exotic cuisines, recommand roast beef imported from USA (肋眼牛排) mutton chop angle red shrimps with raw fish rank, only French-Japan mixed buffet in Taipei various seafood,(麻油安康魚), salad steak,  Hawaii cake(夏威夷州果仁蛋糕) imported roast equipment cost NT3 million, don't miss its pizza
66228000 27201230 27181188 23763238 0800011068 21815135 25238000 25423266 23115151

How to eat & worth-the-value?

1.Focus on seafood and roast beef/steak 
2. Pay attention to:  where those food came from, materials ranking, current season fresh food?  how's the sauce, staff taking care the buffet bar often? room-lighting, desserts kept in ice/cool box? too much addictives or original flavor? etc.

Health info.  see full text
1. FTV (民視) - July 5, 2012 : British latest studies found eating 60% full in each meal can last your life for 20 years more.
2. TTV news 2-27-2015:
Buffet triple your stomach in size - A study found 65% buffet restaurant customers' gastric capacity increased from about 800 c.c. up to 2000~3200 c.c., which can be main reason to be a fatty.




5.  Fast foods/burgers in Taiwan

     ◆ US Wendy's already pull back from Taiwan market, McDonald's already announced withdrawing in the near future,  You can have some others - Western business, e.g., Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, StarBucks, Subway, etc, and Japanese MOS Hamburger (摩斯), Family Mart, etc。 click for Controversy of McDonald's in Asia .

         As for Taiwanese-Brand hamburgers, pls. ref. to the Liberty Times - Weekend Life(9-12-2015) :"You must have a bite - A List of Super Evil Delicious Hamburgers (超邪惡美味漢堡 - 必咬名店大公開)"

                  ● Must eat in Northern Taiwan
Burger Ray (Cardiac Heart-disease burger ) 8771-5811; 
Burger Fix 27516628 Ambassador Hotel (國賓大飯店) 1Bite2Go restaurant;  
Burger&Co 27840182;  
Cali burger (Mexico flavor) ZhongXiao E. Rd., Sec. 4, Ln.205, Alley 7, No.1;
Bravo Burger 8771-9787;  
Palais de Chine Hotel (君品酒店)  Le Bar 2181-9999 (Alaska Crab Beef burger NT680),
                  Must eat in Central Taiwan:
傻子漢堡 04-2375-9113;  牛逼洋行 04-2372-1755; For Farm Burger 04-2234-3535
Must eat in Southern Taiwan:  
A J Burger 06-2095171; 布雷克漢堡 07-5224205;  豐盛廚房 07-5509893
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