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5 star restaurants in Taiwan don't wash vegetables before cooking/eating, not to mention avg. restaurants!?  The best-known expert in toxic study: Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health ! ● food scares never end / CTN editorial 10-20-2018, UDN 12-4-2018

Michelin Taipei  was released at 4-10-2019, Taiwanese cuisine was not valued very high, only 4 restaurants won 1 star each,   3 starred chefs are from Hong Kong (Canton) and Macau.    The total number of stars and starred restaurants of Taiwan are much less than those of Shanghai, HK, Macao, and Singapore, in both 2019 and 2018.    Furthermore, unlike those in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taiwan's night-market, street food failed to won any Michelin star.

 

 

    Michelin Stars (2019) comparison among Chinese-world cities

Michelin Guide cities

total number of stars

number of starred restaurants

number of 3 star restaurants

number of 2 star

1 star

Hong Kong,
Macau
119 82 10 (HK 7,  Macau 3) 17 (HK 12, Macau 5) 55
Singapore (新加坡) Jul.'18 44 38 0 5 34
Shanghai (上海) sept.'18 44 34 1 8 25
Taipei  (台北) april '19 31 24 1 5 18

 

 

 

    Michelin Guide Taipei - behind the story

pic.: China Times - Want Weekly, No.185: To emergently
save Taiwan's dying tourism, Taiwan government
 spent NT90,000,000 (USD3 millions) to
have <Michelin Guide> in Taipei Taiwan.  

 

 

 

◆  4-10-2019 《Michelin Guide Taipei 2019》

Michelin starred restaurants of Taipei

New status

restaurant name category intro in Chinese intro

2 star (1 star in last yr)

RAW creative cuisine 將台灣的各種元素包括食材、味道組合,甚至風土與氣候,也編織進料理中,以現代手法呈現,因此充滿層次與趣味 delicately weave and re-compose Taiwanese elements with modern presentation — be it texture, local produce, flavour combination, temperatures or even micro-seasons. The result is a cuisine that is not only sophisticated but also fun

2 star (1 star in last yr)

Tairroir

(態芮)

creative cuisine

 

使用在地食材,將回憶與味道組合解構重組,創造出充滿趣味與藝術性的料理 Tairroir has reinvents Taiwan's local produce, flavors and memories through modern techniques. Despite the artful presentation or playful dish names, 態芮 always incorporates familiar elements from Taiwan or his past experiences in his cuisine, which creates surprises on the customers palate

newly two-starred

Sushi Amamoto

(鮨天本)
 

Japanese cuisine 提供 20 道菜的無菜單料理,其中有 12 貫握壽司。店內時令魚材多從九州進口,也有部分來自東京常要等待數個月甚至半年才有座位 chef offers an omakase menu that includes 12 pieces of nigiri that use seasonal fishes mostly from Kyushu, while the rice is cooked in natural spring water from Nagano

newly one-starred

Impromptu by Paul Lee Chinese cuisine,
Mixed flavor
歷練美國多家知名餐廳後,去年回台開設餐廳。他的料理展現充滿各種趣味的味道組合與衝擊,讓人驚艷; 02-2521-2518 chef received training in the United States and worked in Michelin-starred restaurants. Mix of flavor in his dishes is in good diversity with a good twist of Chinese flavour and herbs

newly one-starred

 

logy Asian flavor 出身北海道,背景又揉合義式與法式料理訓練,田原諒悟希望做出「以台灣為中心,向全亞洲發信」的料理。他感受在地文化,再咀嚼轉化成道道新意,料理中,甚至可以吃到麻辣鍋、豆腐乳等在地元素; 02-2700-0509  chef was the sous chef at two-starred restaurant Florilège in Tokyo and assisted chef Hiroyasu Kawate to run the restaurant.  the chef has spent a lot of time understanding the local flavour combinations and produce, and re-addresses these flavours with a unique approach. There are even dishes that reinvent the popular spicy hotpot in Taiwan

newly one-starred

 

(山海樓)
Mountain and Sea House
Old Taiwanese cuisine 尋找老台菜菜譜,研究整理後再精緻呈現; 02-2351-3345 it has been offering authentic traditional Taiwanese cuisine, some of which are hardly seen nowadays

newly one-starred

 

(台南擔仔麵)Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood Taiwanese seafood 以各類新鮮海鮮知名,店內裝潢華麗氣派,一碗簡單的担仔麵卻是暖心料理 Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood is famous for its fresh and diverse seafood and luxurious interiors. A traditional tan tsu mien is also a must-order here.

 

 

The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 - starred restaurants

star

number of restaurants

restaurant name

  3 star

1  

君品酒店 頤宮中餐廳 - Le Palais (Cantonese cuisine)

 

2 star

5  

RAW(creative),   鮨天本(Japanese sushi ),    態芮-Tairroir(creative),    祥雲龍吟(Japanese contemporary),    請客樓(Huaiyang 川揚)

 

1star

18  

Impromptu by Paul Lee(creative),   logy(Asian contemporary),    大三元(Cantonese cuisine), 
   山海樓(Taiwanese cuisine),   台南擔仔麵(Taiwanese seafood),    大腕(grilled meat), 
   教父牛排(steak
),    金蓬萊遵古台菜(Taiwanese seafood),   謙安和(Japanese),    
吉兆割烹壽司-KITCHO
(Japanese sushi),  
 L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon-侯布雄法式餐廳(French
contemporary),       Longtail(creative),  
明福台菜海產(
Taiwanese cuisine),     MUME(Euro. contemporary ),  
  鮨野村-SHSHI NOMURA
(Japanese sushi),  
  鮨隆
(Japanese sushi),    天香樓(HungZou dishes),     雅閣(Cantonese cuisine)

 

 

 

ps: The MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2019 selection includes:
One 3 star restaurant
Five 2 star restaurants
Eighteen 1 star restaurants
58 Bib Gourmand establishments, including restaurants and street food vendors

 

 

for details please see web-pages as below

 

hhttps://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei/news-and-views/michelin-guide-taipei-2019-selection/news

 

 

 

◆  Comparison:  3 Michelin starred restaurants of Asia  - Tokyo(日本東京) 13, HK(香港)7, Kyoto(京都) 7, Osaka( 大阪)4, Macau (澳門)3, Seoul(韓國首爾) 2, Shanghai(上海)1, Taipei(台北)1

Number of Restaurants in Asia with 3 Michelin Stars   /    ref to Bloomberg 4-11-2019,  Michelin Guide 

Michelin Guide City

number of 3 starred restaurants

Tokyo (日本東京)                                                    
Hong Kong (港)                                            
Kyoto(日本京都)

                                

Osaka (日本大阪)

                    

Macau (澳)

               

Seoul (韓國首爾)

      

Shanghai (上海)

    

Taipei  (台北)

 

 

Michelin plate   4-10-2019 《Michelin Guide Taipei 2019》

Michelin Plate restaurants    

 

Michelin 餐廳

 

 

intro.

(Taiwanese cuisine)台菜

欣葉台菜Shin Yeh(創始店)

    try the egg omelette with dried radish, pan-seared pork liver and flatbread rolls, almond tofu dessert
米香台菜餐廳(Mipon)      a new twist on Taiwanese classics...
Mouth-watering chicken dressed in soybean paste, lemon juice, mirin, garlic and chilli surprises with its exotic tropical overtones. Classics such as "Three-cup" chicken drumstick and stewed Chinese cabbage with fish skin also impress
蓬萊台菜 - 北投 (Peng Lai)      famous for its pork ribs that are marinated for 20 hours before being deep-fried until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Another favourite is 'Jadeite tofu' - shrimp, ham, coriander and tofu wrapped up in fried tofu skin. Crabmeat and baby oyster thick soup, and whelk and squid soup with leeks are the other recipes from a bygone era that are now seldom found elsewhere.
興蓬萊台菜 - 士林(Shing-Peng-Lai)    
 

 famous for "goat nipple"( actually stems and roots of the Taiwanese fig tree that the owner digs up in Lala Mountain )  chicken soup


 Also try their steamed free-range chicken and crispy blistered pork ribs.

 

雞家莊 - 長春路
(Chi Chia Chuang -Changchun Road)

 

    chef uses only pullets from 5 to 6 months old for their tender meat.

Diners' favourites include 'Three Taste Chicken' - a trio of Silkie chicken, steamed and smoked chicken - and 'Chi Chia Chuang Dough-Foux, velvety tofu with diced chicken,  homemade egg pudding

法式料理
(French)
De Loin (德朗)     No expense was spared when it came on diners' comfort at this stylish restaurant in a wealthy suburb; Luxurious ingredients are impeccably prepared to present sophisticated flavours and contrasts in texture. The service is fittingly formal and detailed
 Ephernité       Try their 4- or 5-course prix-fixe menu, especially the vegetable terrine made daily.
50/50 Cuisine française       half traditional and half creative!
The good-value 7-course menu... 
Try their foie gras terrine and morel mushroom cannelloni
Monsieur L      accomplished French cuisine is flavoursome, well presented and modern in style while showing some Japanese influences.
The 6-course dinner menu offers some choice,  the lunch menu is even more flexible
Chou Chou     authentic French cooking without breaking the bank:  onion soup, sautéed frogs’ legs, duck confit, roast chicken and apple tart
Orchid Restaurant (蘭)     A cocktail at the horseshoe bar is a nice jumping-off point...
 'Jelly shrimp' at lunch and 'pigeon rouge' at dinner stand out.
義式料理
(Italian)
 Tutto Bello        the owner and his team strive to ensure that "everything is perfect".  
 the homemade pasta is a highlight.
A substantial wine list includes some impressive French and Italian producers
Bencotto     long-fermented bread is a must,
 signatures like ravioli alla carbonara and piccione Toscano are well matched by over 400 labels of mostly Italian wines
義瑪卡多Il Mercato      artisanal Italian food items and wine.
Most of the kitchen team are from Italy and almost all ingredients are imported from their home country. Pasta, breads and gelato are made from scratch in-house.
  extensive selection of Italian wines at competitive prices.
蘿莎娜小廚房La Locanda     cheeses and olive oil from Europe, are put to use in signature items like slow-cooked octopus, or tagliatelle with mushrooms and sausage.
the exclusively Italian wine.
創意料理( innovative, creative, modern) Gen Creative     Don't miss their fried soup, bossam (sliced pork belly in chilli sauce with greens) and soufflé.
 INDULGE     has award-winning mixologists and great cocktails
  nku      Nordic cooking reinvented with wood fire - either smoked with lychee wood or grilled over longan charcoal - but creatively done with intricate skills, a careful balance of flavours and artsy presentations. Try the homemad 'SLOW' bread and the signature An Asian potato & 'caviar'.
樂埔町 Leputing     a Zen garden and a gallery showing plant-based dyed fabric. The set menus, with several main course options. Top-notch ingredients are creatively cooked, alongside obvious influences from French, Japanese and Taiwanese cuisines
松園禪林 – 原心pine garden      Zen-inspired restaurant. 
The 8-course menu pays homage to Japanese, Cantonese and Taiwanese cuisines
桌藏餐廳 Toh-A       Only prix-fixe menus are offered; ingredients are mostly from Taiwan, prepared using classical French techniques, with an element of surprise in the tastes, textures and even temperatures of the food.
時尚歐陸菜

(European contemporary ),

國際菜, 泰式料理,
西班牙時尚料理(spanish contemporary)

JE kitchen

(European contemporary )

    seasonal prix-fixe menu shows subtle Nordic and French influences.
Signatures include cream cheese/stone inspired by the chef's black-and-white dog!
The Restaurant (European contemporary )     ambitious cooking with a playful element;
dishes have an Asian heart but some Italian influences also come through.
a superb collection of French wines, namely Romanée-Conti, Château d'Yquem and Pétrus
 Hidden by DN

(spanish contemporary)

     Seafood from Daxi Harbour in Yilan;
 expertly renders classic Spanish flavours with modern techniques and artful presentations, perfectly complemented by the Spanish wines on offer
Page (頁小館)      Try their signature fries with mayo; grilled chicken risotto; and chocolate, pecan and banana cake with vanilla ice cream. A good selection of sake and Mikkeller craft beers are available
Thai & Thai     The experienced Thai chef delivers what Thai food is renowned for on all fronts, alongside charming service
燒烤、鐵板燒 ( meat & grilled  Teppanyaki ) Wildwood Live Fire Cuisine      Highlights include the 28-day dry-aged bone-in striploin and porterhouse steaks. The chef also makes an array of exotic sauces to go with your food, such as Sriracha kumquat sauce.
老乾杯-信義 Kanpai Classic -Xinyi;

 

ps: 老乾杯(松山慶城)

     The interior has a neo-Japanese feel to it.
The menu is the same as other branches - prime cuts of Japanese wagyu beef, exclusive Ginjo sake rice wine, Nanatsuboshi rice from Hokkaido, Japan, and an impressive wine list. 
ROBIN’S 牛排屋(Robin's Teppanyaki )     One of the best known teppanyaki places in town, The show-stopping teppan tricks are something to behold, but they don't outshine the perfectly cooked seafood, premium steaks from the U.S., or the Wagyu from Japan and Australia
上林鐵板燒The Sunlit Teppanyaki     it's the details that set apart certain establishments from others. Here, any splattered oil is wiped off at once to retain the distinct flavour of every ingredient on the hot plate.
牛排館
(steak house)
A CUT牛排館- 國賓飯店      atmospherically-lit bar ,  chic dining room
A-grade cuts of beef from the U.S.and Australia are grilled to perfection in the open kitchen.
Be sure to finish with their soufflé
No°168 Prime牛排館N°168 Prime Steakhouse-維多麗亞酒店     Top-quality U.S. Kobe ribeye, Australian grade 9+ and Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu are grilled to perfection in an oak wood-fired oven imbuing steaks with a lovely smokiness.
樂邦  Le Blanc      the best ingredients and cook them well. The steak and lobster (steamed or grilled) come with fresh popovers, salad or soup, and unlimited fries. Sides and desserts are also as good as the mains
寶艾西餐廳Bel Air   -台北君悅酒店      The menu features prime steaks of the highest quality, from the U.S. and Australia, all cooked to perfection. Prices aren't particularly wallet-friendly, but the experience is worth it.

 

街頭小吃
(street food)
see tbl. below
中華料理
(Chinese dishes)
粵菜
(Cantonese)
 
 

國賓飯店粵菜廳

晶華軒 Silks House

寒舍食譜-台北寒舍艾美酒店
辰園 -台北喜來登大飯店

香宮-台北遠東國際大飯店)

桃花林中華料理-大倉久和

 

川菜
(Sichuan)
  國賓川菜廳           驥園川菜
江浙菜(JiaSu)   秀蘭小吃
淮揚菜( Huaiyang )   冶春茶舍
滬菜(Shanghainese )   蘇杭(中正)
湖南菜
(Hunanese)
  荷風中國菜
客家( Hakkanese)   五月雪客家私房珍釀
牛肉麵
(beef noodle)
  穆記牛肉麵
日本料理、(Japanese sushi)  

肉割烹 ゆう-Nikukappou Yuu       彧割烹      守破離
小馬 KOUMA-台北西華飯店       山里 -台北大倉久和大飯店              牡丹 天ぷら – 頂級天婦羅
日本橋玉井             旬採鮨処(中山店)               台北鳥喜とり喜
笹鮨   SASA 魚道生美學日本料理     鮨七海

 

涮涮鍋、火鍋
(hotpot)
 

橘色涮涮屋         但馬家涮涮鍋(本館) 

      林家蔬菜羊肉爐

 

海產
(seafood)
 

先進海產店
田園海鮮
 真的好海鮮餐廳

 

素食
(vegetarian)
Verde 時尚蔬食

 鈺善閣 • 素 • 養生懷石

 

https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei/news-and-views/taipei-michelin-guide-bib-2019-new-entrants/news

 

 

 

pic. : Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood is famous for its fresh and diverse seafood and luxurious interiors.
A traditional tan tsu mien is also a must-order here.
The restaurant is located at Hua-Xi street, a tourist district on the decline.

 

Economist - E.I.U. 2018:  Food Security Index 

overall rankings:  No.1 Singapore,  18, Japan,  22. Qatar,   25. S Korea,  40. malaysia,   46. Chn.
Quality & Safety rankings:   13. S Korea, 20. Japan,  21. N. Z. ,  24. Singapore,  31. Qatar,  37. Chn.

Natural Resources:  No.  65  Chn.
Taiwan is not included in 2018's list

In EIU Liveability Country Level Index (Jan. 2015), Taipei's "Food Security Index" ("1" means "Most Secure") is "42", same score
as those of communist China's major cities 

 

 

 

 

   Michelin Guide Taipei Plate  , 4-10-2019

  night market / street food  (夜市 街頭小吃)

小吃 (stall)

contact

intro. in Chinese

intro.

圓環邊蚵仔煎-寧夏夜市

(Yuan Huan Pien Oyster Egg Omelette)

Tel.+886 2 2558 0198

 46 Ningxia Road

創立於1965年,蚵仔煎選用每天從臺南直送的蚵仔,特調醬汁十分惹味。蒸米糕也值得一試。  Has been making its tasty omelettes, with oysters from Tainan drizzled in homemade sweet hot sauce, since 1965.
山內雞肉-南機場夜市

(Shan-Nei Chicken)

+886 2 2305 010020-3, Lane 307, Section 2, Zhonghua Road 皮爽肉嫰,份量頗多,十分超值。關門時間不定,若要點選雞腿,建議八時前到達 Good-value steamed chicken is feted for its springy skin and juicy flesh. Come before 8 pm for chicken legs.
 玉米家烤玉米-南機場夜市

(Corn House Grilled Corn)

Tel.+886 931 504 865   Lane 311, Section 2, Zhonghua Road 選用雲林小農生產的玉米,配以店家調配的粉料烤製,有原味、新孜然及地獄勁辣三種口味。 Sweet corn from Yunlin city is grilled and coated in spice mix - choose between original, cumin or fiery hot.
阿輝麵線-士林廟口

(A Hui Vermicelli)

士林廟口 攤子臨近廟口,不設座位。麵線帶蔬菜甜味,實而不華,設兩種份量,也可加配花枝或大腸。 This stall by the temple with no seating serves no-frills vermicelli soup with pork chitterlings or cuttlefish
   斌大腸包小腸-正宗士林創始店

 (Pin Taiwanese Sausage with Sticky Rice)

84 Danan Road, Shilin 店主在電轉爐前應接不暇,全因其帶蒜香的香腸和軟綿綿的糯米包極受歡迎,更備有十多款醬汁。 There's always a queue for their garlic sausage in fluffy, sticky rice. Jazz it up with one of the sauces.
景美米粉湯-景美夜市

(Jingmei Thick Rice Noodles)

119, Jingmei Street 粗米粉吸盡大骨精華,滑嫩而不軟爛。炸三鮮外酥內嫩, 搭配脆口的醃黃瓜,不容錯過 Noodles soak up the flavourful pork bone soup; deep-fried seafood trio with cucumber is another must-try
鵝媽媽鵝肉切仔麵-景美夜市

(Mother Goose Noodles)

37-3, Jingmei Street 招牌鵝肉肉質柔嫩,白切的清甜,煙燻的香氣濃郁。另有鴨肉與鴨肉麵類可供選擇 Steamed or smoked, the goose is always juicy and velvety. The offal and duck noodles also stand out
 格登炸雞-通化夜市

( Golden Fried Chicken)

 35, Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Da’an,   Tel.+886 983 186 080 必點招牌炸雞和甜不辣外脆內軟,老闆堅持現點現炸,故製作需時;建議趁熱食用。 Both chicken and tempura are fried-to-order, but the piping hot and perfectly fried items are worth the wait.
東發號油飯麵線-饒河街夜市

(Tung Fa Hao)

Tel.+886 2 2769 5739 94 Raohe Street 顏老先生於1937年創立,繼承的女兒繼續以清湯烹煮蚵仔麵線,成品鮮甜甘美。 The second-generation owner makes tasty baby oyster vermicelli soup the same way as her father did when he started in 1937
麻糬寶寶-饒河街夜市

(Mochi Baby )

111, Raohe Street 透明廚櫃在此經營十多年,所賣的小麻糬每天鮮做,口感軟糯且帶糯米香 The transparent case houses chewy mocha - they're freshly made every day and have a strong sticky rice fragrance.
ps: 小王清湯瓜仔肉-華西街夜市

 

 

 

3-28-2019 《Michelin Guide Taipei 2019》

Michelin Bib Gourmand, new entrants list,  3-27-2019 

cuisine

 restaurants

contact

signature foods

ps: other popular foods

Taiwanese cuisine

阿城鵝肉(A Cheng Goose in Zhongshan)

 

02-2541-5238

steamed or smoked goose, the latter being their signature dish, while some customers love their goose intestine with chives and rice with goose fat too(煙燻鵝肉或是鵝腸、鵝油拌飯等) 麻辣鴨血NT70, 煙燻鵝半隻800
欣葉小聚今品
(Shin Yeh Shiao Ju in Nangang)
02-2785-1819 both classic Taiwanese dishes and innovative flavour combinations.(傳統經典台菜口味;及三杯 Q 彈豬腳、XO 醬豬肝蘿蔔糕等創意設計料理) 紅蟳米糕330元青龍皮皮挫
義興樓(Yi Hsing Pavilion in Wenshan ) 02-2931-3966 shrimp-filled “gold coins,” meat roll with onions, and green bean noodle with deep fried egg crisp that bring traditional Taiwanese flavours (古早美味: 金錢蝦五香雞卷蛋酥冬粉等) 耗時的傳統工法81年復古味
女娘的店(Mother’s Kitchen in Shilin ) 02-2874-1981 classic Taiwanese comfort food such as lard rice and fried eggs with preserved radish( 豬油飯、菜脯煎蛋等;
懷舊裝潢)
 
酒家菜50年代農家風情

Taiwanese stall foods

阿國切仔麵
(next to Ningxia market , A Guo in DaTong district)
02-2557-8705 famous Tshik-a-mi that composes of greased egg noodles, bean sprouts and crispy scallion (切仔麵:簡單的油麵+豆芽、油蔥熬幾個小時的湯頭)
 
油蔥拌飯紅燒肉
賣麵炎仔(Mai Mien Yen Tsai
 in Dadaocheng
)
02-2557-7087 egg noodles, but also side dishes such as crispy fried pork(麵食紅燒肉、鯊魚煙、白斬雞) 五花肉小菜米粉; 80+年排隊老店

beef noodle
(high end)

天下三絕
(Tien Hsia San Chueh in Da’an)
02-2741-6299 beef noodles with oxtail, shank, tendon and heel muscle(牛腱、牛筋、牛尾與腱心肉的牛肉麵要價五百元) 炸排骨NT150; 洋風漫:用餐時聽爵士喝紅酒

Sichuan cuisine

四川吳抄手
(Chili House in Da’an District )
02-2772-1707 Sichuan delicacies such as pork dumplings in red oil(紅油豬水餃抄手,與許多桌菜) 三十多種中藥的醬汁

Beijing cuisine

北平都一處
(Do It True in Xinyi )
02-2720-6417 the owner’s great uncle once cooked for Empress of the Qing Dynasty, signature dishes :
蔥油餅、褡褳火燒、九轉肥腸
醬肉燒餅、炸丸子松子雞合菜戴帽

; 店主舅舅曾為清(Qing)朝皇帝做菜

Yuannanese menu

人和園
(Jen Ho Yuan in Zhongshan)
02-2568-2587 Yuannanese menu (豆豆釀百花) 碥香菇、酸菜肉末加花枝

 Zhejiang

榮榮園
(Rong Rong Yuan in Da’an)
02-2703-8822 showcases Zhejiang fare (烤排骨&光餅NT565) 清炒蝦仁光餅發酵手做

Indian cuisine

番紅花
(Saffron in Shilin)
02-2871-4842 dedicated itself to Indian cuisine for more than 20 years(香氣迷人的印度菜) 窯烤雞腿肉珈哩、烤餅羊小排香料飯
https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei/news-and-views/taipei-michelin-guide-bib-2019-new-entrants/news

Michelin official site, 3-27-2019, Apple Daily (蘋果日報), 3-28-2019, CTN(中國時報), 3-30-2019, UDN(聯合報), 3-28-2019

 

 

 

 

   Advices
 

●  Jiang So-San M.D. (江守山, 12-2018, <早安健康 - 名醫餐桌> ) : 「Food safety issue matters !」"generally speaking, what we eat nowadays are "very dirty".   Minimize the times of eating/dining out to control poison exposure to be within a margin of safety (控制毒物暴露量在一定程度之內),Taiwan ranks world No.1 in usage of pesticides per unit of land area (單位土地面積使用農藥),according to a study by National Yang-Ming University, 98% of urine samples randomly chosen from kids in Taipei, Taiwan, contain pesticide,  the Plasticizer of dust in our houses as well as pregnant women's urine both rank world No.1.   Besides, there're really too much addictives inside our food  More than most of Taiwan's restaurants currently use artificial chemical soy sauce(化學水解醬油)which inevitably produces chemical 3-MCPD (單氯丙二醇) and may results in tongue cancer, kidney cancer, lliver cancer,  we all ate them too much already !   Taiwanese over-value economic price, therefore we got too many terrible stuffs in home or in our body.

 

●  Chang Gung Mem. Hospital Toxicology expert professor   Yen Tzung-Hai M.D. (顏宗海, 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)) 

 

 The China Times, 10-20-2018  opinion (editorial)   https://opinion.chinatimes.com/20181019003889-262101 :

Taiwan's food safety failed again and again,  Dioxin, Fipronil poison-eggs in last year, Nicarbazin illegal drug residue event in this year.  Europe was very cautious about Fipronil event, in contrast, Taiwan did nothing about it.   Even worse, Taiwan officials hide Nicarbazin issue from Taiwanese people to baby related business indulge business to retrieve problematic eggs and then resell them as promotion goods..

Why do high-ranking officials always fudge Taiwanese people's only, and humblest request ??   (brief)

   The China Times (中國時報), 2-28-2019,  opinion (editorial) questions Taiwan officials are trying very hard to hide the epidemic state of Marek's virus in chicken eggs ...

   The Apple Daily (蘋果日報), 2-22-2019:  Food safety is still Taiwanese most concern issue since Melamine event of 2008,  Fipronil residue in eggs and pesticide residue in vegetables recently drew attentions again. (brief) / by legislator & National Taiwan Univ. professor Wu (吳焜裕)

 

 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

 

   The United Daily  (聯合報), 12-4-2018  opinion (editorial) :  food safety issues never end (未曾間斷的食安事件) ...

 The China Times, 5-21-2018 : Taiwan food safety became nothing but a slogan for the government's relaxation of pesticide residue standards in these 2 years.   TVBS, 9-12-2017 : Scholar (中興univ. professor 曾德賜) expressed the amount ( per hectare ) of application of pesticide in Taiwan was ranked world No.1, according to India's study.

 

 

●  In May 2019, Taiwan High Court Prosecutor Office's chief prosecutor conclusion of a criminal suit case has shown :
      (1) ignorance of two eye-witnesses testimony-documents ( to prove a 5 star hotel restaurant chef did sniff again and again at customers) given in presence of police officials in police station.  
      (2) ignorance of some phrases to humiliate dining customers (e.g., "the exit is there ! the toilet is out there !!"  ) 'shouted' by a 5 star hotel restaurant staff  ...
      Therefore, the site can conclude that Taiwan is not a foodie-friendly environment or tourists-friendly country, or even not a very civilized country - compared with American's restaurant rules - ref. to
Forbes, 9-3-2012, New York Times, 10-29-2009.

 ps:  Restaurant servers of some 5 star hotels in Taiwan, repeatedly sniffed at customers (excuse or 'reason' is getting cold)、took back used plates by "dragging over the table" and making noises gossiped with low class phrase or slang ...... 

 

 

   The United Daily, 8-18-2019 :  80% of food delivery (by app) restaurants are not qualified - vegetables containing pesticides, roaches everywhere in the kitchen, using expired (10+ years) food materials & ingredients ...    


 

 

 

 

     Michelin Taipei 2018

●  Michelin Guide Taipei was released at 3-14-2018, Taiwanese cuisine was not valued high, only 2 restaurants won 1 star each,  European and Japanese dishes won most stars, 3 and 2 starred honors are belong to Chinese dishes and Japanese cuisine,  3 starred chefs are from Hong Kong and Macau.   In contrast, Chinese cuisine earned most stars of Michelin Shanghai China, only four European tastes entered 1 ~ 2 starred list.   In Michelin Hong Kong & Macao, most starred restaurants' signatures are Chinese cuisine and local specialty.   The number of stars Taiwan obtained is much less than those of Shanghai, HK, Macao, and Singapore.   Furthermore, unlike those in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taiwan's night-market street food failed to won any Michelin star.

Bloomberg 3-15-2018  
★  Number of Restaurants of Asian cities with 3 Michelin Stars

Michelin Guide City

number of 3-stars (3星數)

Tokyo (日本東京)                                                 
Kyoto(日本京都)                                
Hong Kong, Macau
 (港澳)

                               

Osaka(日本大阪)

        

Seoul (韓國首爾)

        

Shanghai (上海)

         

Singapore (新加坡)

   

Taipei  (台北)

   

ps: The total number of Michelin stars of Singapore is more than that of Taiwan

Total number of Michelin Stars comparison among Chinese-world cities

Michelin Guide 2018

3 star

2 star

1 star

num. of Michelin starred restaurants

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

  China Times - Want Weekly, No.185 (2017): To emergently save dying tourism, Taiwan government spent NT$90,000,000 (USD 3 millions) to invite <Michelin Guide> to Taiwan in 2018.   In contrast,  The China Times, 7-9-2017: The budget for Taiwan food safety is allocated only NT$1 to each person, on average, it's so poor !!   This site urges: we want food safety much more than good eat or food advertisements.

 

★   To emergently rescue dying tourism, Taiwan spent huge money to have <Michelin Guide> Taipei

 
   
   
   

pic.: China Times - Want Weekly, No.185: To emergently save dying tourism, Taiwan government spent NT90,000,000 (USD3 millions) to have <Michelin Guide> in Taiwan in 2018.   In contrast,  The China Times, 7-9-2017: The budget for food safety is allocated only NT1 to each person, on average, so poor !!

 

  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

 This site urged :  Taiwanese want food safety, much more than good eat or food advertisements for promoting tourism.  When having Michelin recommended food, sometimes we may need to put aside factor of health, for instance:

       One Michelin Bib Gourmand stall put their "to go"  main-dish hot soup in plastic bag, hence, customers  likely eat  plasticisers and something    their main foods are animal organs (viscera), Int'l medical web advised "organ meats carry some risks", offals are not considered "staple of the Western diet" (usually muscle meats only). ps: cholesterol in lean pork about 60mg. ,pork  liver 420mg.

        Din Tai Fung's Xiao Long Bao (steamed bun mainly stuffed with pork meat) may give you extra fat - according to Apple Daily 3-9-2018,  3 pieces of steamed bun contain fat 14.7g.  Medical or Nutrition websites usually advise daily fat intake is : dietary fat 55-65 g. (saturated fat (飽和脂肪) can only take about 22.2 g. per day)

     ◆  CTV evening news (3-14-2018)  interviewed a starred chef, he recommended 5-star hotel restaurant's creative food using  ingredient - hundred-year egg,  which is a processed or preserved (not fresh) food, may contain some metal elements, usually is a suspected food.

     ◆  Some  Michelin restaurants failed to pass health or sanitary inspections more than once before, or made dishes containing toxic material (食物中鏢) may cause cancer, according to LTN 7-29-'15 and so on.

 

 

●  Compare to Chinese world -  Shanghai, HK, Macao, Singapore:

 

Michelin Guide 2018

3 star
 (三星)

2 star
 (二星)

1 star
 (一星)

num. of star restaurants

Bib Gourmand

Hong Kong, Macau
 (港澳)
8 16 57 81 82
Singapore (新加坡) jun'17 1 7 30 38 38
Shanghai (上海) sept'17 2 6 22 30 26
Taipei  (台北) 1 2 17 20 36

 

●  The purpose of Taiwan's spending huge money on inviting Michelin, one is to promote dying tourism - probably won't be successful, because  the number of Michelin fans is limited, and consumers usually go to leading brands, e.g., eating French food in France, Japanese cuisine in Nippon, Taipei's former tourism gov. leader pointed out at ADN 3-22-2018 that "all ingredients in starred Japanese restaurants in Taiwan are imported from Japan".

Furthermore,  rich tourists may not be interested in Taiwan's environment, secondly, to change Taiwanese "greedy" habit - all-u-can-eat & worth-the-value (UDN 3-15-2018), most likely will fail, advertising and political field suppose knew  this well , Taiwanese are "realistic", even Washington Post mentioned this at early 2017 in satiric mode.

 

 

 

 

    Michelin Guide Taipei  , 3-14-2018 1:00 pm

 

Michelin starred restaurants in Taipei : 20 in total, one 3 starred, two 2 starred

statistics : 2 Taiwanese cuisine restaurants, 4 Chinese restaurants, 6 Japanese cuisine,  5 Euro. restaurants, 2 creative cuisine (Western taste too)

餐廳名(restaurant name)

聯絡(contact)

地址(address)

特色 ( specialities & remarks)

米其林3星 (Michelin 3 starred restaurants)
頤宮 ( Le Palais ) 21819985 www.palaisdechinehotel 君品酒店 (Palais de Chin Hotel, next to Taipei Main Station; No. 3, sec. 1, Chan-De Rd), 台北後火車站 承德路一3
 
廣式點心與中華筵席料理
先知鴨和火焰片皮鴨, 建議預訂幼鴨, 豆腐菜式, 原味蛋塔 (Chinese cuisine with hand-picked fresh ingredients, Cantonese dim sum, Chinese banquet cuisines : Cantonese-style crispy roast duck, preorder baby duck;  the tofu dishes and the baked egg custard tarts); avg. consumption : NTD 1800-2000 / person

 

米其林2星 (Michelin 2 starred restaurants)
祥雲龍吟 ( RyuGin Taipei Restaurant ) 8501 5808 樂群三路301號  (No.301 Lequn 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan ) 時尚創意日式料理 - 東京總店"龍吟"連7 年獲得米其林3星 (Michelin Tokyo), 台灣分店"祥雲龍吟" , 使用台灣蔬菜海鮮, 融合了本土烹調味 製作日式料理 (Japanese contemporary delivers similarly creativity - Japanese cuisine by using Taiwan's seafood and vegetables); avg. : 7th class cuisine NTD4200+, 10th class NTD6500+
請客樓 ( The Guest House ) 2321 5511ext 8116 忠孝東一12 (17F., No.12, Sec. 1, ZhongXiao E. Rd., Sheraton ) 餐廳佈置簡單, 川揚麵食為基礎&蘇杭菜系 並融合本土特色 - 核桃棗煎餅香濃燉湯、麻油雞飯、紅麴豬尾、千層百頁豆腐... (Si-Chun province cuisine, Jiang-Su province & HangZhou dishes / Signature dishes : double-steamed soups, chicken rice with sesame oil, pork tail braised in red yeast rice, millefeuille tofu skin)  ; avg. : NTD 1780-3680 / person
米其林1星  (Michelin 1 starred restaurants)
大腕燒肉 ( Da-Wan ) 27110179 敦化南路一段177巷22 ( 22, ln.177, sec.1, Dun-Hua S Rd) 燒肉 真空包裝冷藏、熟成至少三星期的牛肉均消費額NT$1500-3000 (BBQ meat /  grill  Beef is chilled, never frozen, and is aged in vacuum pack for no less than 21 days;  avg. consumption exp. NT$1500-3000)
教父牛排 (Danny's SteakHouse ) 85011838 樂群三路58號 (58 , Le-Qun 3rd Rd) 牛排 / 荔枝木烹牛排、 自製酸種麵包、  薯條和甜品 (steak/  lychee wood in a broiler from the U.S
homemade sourdough, French fries and desserts are hard to find fault with.   avg. consumption exp. NT$500-1500)
金蓬萊遵古台菜 (Golden Formosa)  28711517  天母東路101號 (101,  Tian-Mu E Rd) 古台菜 / 北投  酒家菜,味道偏濃重,家族獨門秘方,招牌菜排骨酥,臺灣豬腹斜排,佛跳牆; 均消費額NT$500-1500  ( traditional Taiwanese dishes / they started serving heavily seasoned BeiTou 'night-club/bar food' to go with alcoholic drinks,  old days family recipes,  signature: deep-fried pork ribs w crispy crust,  Buddha- Jumps-Over-The-Wall  chicken soup & 10-plus gourmet ingredients , avg. consumption exp. NT$500-1500.
謙安和 (Ken Anho) 27008128 安和路一段127巷4  (4, ln.127, sec.1, An-He Rd) 壽司 (sushi)   , avg. consumption exp. : lunch NTD3800 / person, dinner NTD 5800/ person
吉兆割烹壽司 (Kitcho) 27711020 忠孝東路四段181巷48 (48, ln.181, sec.4, Zhong-Xiao E Rd) 日本料理/   上成壽司  NTD1500-3000 (Japanese cuisine / Niigata rice is seasoned with three vinegars, including akazu that gives depth and umami; , avg. consumption exp. NTD1500-3000 )
L'ATELIER de Joel Robuchon (侯布雄法式餐廳) 87292628  松仁路28號 (28, Song-Ren Rd) 法國料理 / 上乘的用料和純熟的烹調技巧, 均消費額NT$500-1500  (French cuisine / French classics are re-invented with skill, care and a great deal of aplomb; avg. NT$500-1500)
La Cocotte by Fabien Verge 33223289  金山南路二段13巷20號106 (20, ln.13, sec.2, Jin-Shan S Rd) 時尚歐陸法國菜 /  僅20座位的時髦餐廳 , 老闆兼主廚曾在巴黎Alain Ducasse餐廳工作  ,  均消費額NT$1280 (Euro. & French cuisine /  20-seat chic restaurant,  owner-chef once work at Alain Ducasse in Paris, avg. consumption exp. NT$1280)
Longtail 27326616  敦化南路二段174號 (174, sec.2, Dun-Hua S Rd) 時尚歐陸菜/ 老闆兼主廚曾在各地一流餐廳工作數年,  均消費額NT$1140 ( restaurant & bar /
owner chef  worked in some of the world's best kitchens for years, avg. consumption exp. NT$1140  )
明福台菜海產 (Mingfu Taiwan seafood dishes) 25629287  中山北路二段137巷18-1號 (18-1, ln.137, sec.2, Zhong-Shan N. Rd ) 台式海鮮菜 /  佛跳牆 (可多添鮑魚代替魚翅),古早瓜仔雞 , 小館子只有六張餐桌,且不設外賣, 均消費額 NT$500-1500  (Taiwanese seafood dishes / a tiny restaurant - six tables only, no "to go" order, signature : traditional braised chicken with pickled gourd, Buddha- Jumps-Over-The-Wall  chicken soup, if customers don't like shark-fin, they can replace it with some more abalones )
MUME 27000901 四維路28號 (28, Si-Wei Rd) 北歐風格時尚歐陸菜, 妙用花草使菜色美艷如畫, 店名是"梅花"的拉丁文, 均消費額NT$1700 ( melds New Nordic influences with Taiwanese ingredients, garnishes dishes with fresh herbs and flowers, avg. USD50+ )
RAW 85015800 樂群三路301號 (301, Le-Qun 3rd Rd)  創意料理 / André廚師江振誠 開設 , 部分菜式滲入street food - small eat元素,  均消費額NT$1850
 (creative cuisine /  owner-chef Singapore André Chiang ,  menu showcases's creative take on Taiwanese cuisine with the occasional street food influence, avg. USD60 )
鮨野村 (Nomura Sushi ) 27077518 仁愛路四段300巷19弄4號 (4, alley19, ln.300, sec.4, Ren-Ai Rd) 壽司 (sushi) / avg. NTD 1500-3000 / person
鮨隆 (sushi ryu ) 25818380  新生北路二段60-7號(60-7, sec.2, Sin-Sen N. Rd)  壽司吧 (sushi bar) / 魚肝壽司 (fish liver sushi), avg. NTD 3000/ person
Tairroir (態芮) 85015500 樂群三路299號(299, Le-Qun 3rd Rd  ) 創意料理 / 顛覆傳統概念重新演譯新世代飲食精神,傳遞台灣經典,從不同角度體驗臺菜&台灣風土文化, 均消費額NT$1650 (reinventing Taiwanese cuisine, avg. NT$ 1650)
大三元 (3 coins)  23817180 衡陽路46號 (46, Heng-Yang Rd) 港式飲茶•新粵式料理 /  帶點臺式元素的廣東菜:  鮮茄大鮮鮑,苦茶油雞湯 ; 均消費額不超過NT$500 ( New Cantonese cuisine,  HK style dim sum/ classic Cantonese, with occasional Taiwanese touches:   Peking duck served with wholemeal flatbread; steamed abalone with fresh and sundried tomatoes; and chicken soup with bitter tea seed oil; avg. < NTD500)
天香樓 (landis hotels resorts)   25971234 民權東二段41號 (41, sec.2, Minquan E Rd) 杭州菜, 中華料理 / 宋嫂魚羹、天香東坡肉、龍井蝦仁 神仙鴨魚丸湯 ( hangZhou dishes, Chinese cuisine / Fairy Duck soup by combining two Hangzhou classics, namely fish ball soup and braised duck with ham.  Dongpo pork and stir-fried river shrimps with long ching tea,  avg. NT$ 500-1500)
雅閣 (Ya Ge)  2715 6788 敦北158 (No. 158, Dun-Hua N Rd, Mandarin Oriental Hotel) 中華料理, 港點 /  華麗裝飾,典雅格調, 秋季時分大閘蟹菜式, 主廚經驗豐富。均消費額NT$500-1500  (Chinese cuisine, dim sum /  various set menus : hairy crab when in season, an array of Cantonese classics; experienced chef )
 

 

ps: some info. from Apple Daily headlines, UDN, 3-7-2018 ; https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei

 

PS:

 

Newly open Michelin restaurants from abroad 2018 ~ 2019

   

<Tokyo Michelin> 2 star restaurant 、2018 Asia top 50 restaurants - No.3  Florilege restaurant's chef 川手寬康 opened Logy restaurant in Taiwan (logy.tw) / UDN (聯合報), 11-29-2018

 

<Hong Kong Michelin> 1 star restaurant for 4 straight years "甘牌燒鵝" renamed "甘牌燒味" in Taiwan -  contacts & address:  台北市市府路45號B1, tel: 02-2801-8258 / Liberty Times (自由時報) 周報, 12-8-2018

 

Japan's<Michelin> one star restaurant <UKAI 鐵板燒> opens a branch in Breeze (微風南山) , signature beef (黑毛但馬和牛) /  Apple Daily (蘋果日報), 12-10-2018

 

★  Thailand < Michelin> 1 star baan restaurant in Taipei (tel: 27110528) , signature: 香茅拌松阪豬,嘎拋牛,泰式和粉  /  Apple daily 12-26-2018
 

★  HK, Macau < Michelin> 1 star  漢來名人坊 in Kaohsiung and Taipei ATT 4  Recharge f2, signature: 京片皮鴨,明爐燒鴨,脆皮叉燒,潮州滷水鵝(tel: 77012111)


 

 

comment Taiwanese restaurants

According to  "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" (2018) , Thailand Bangkok's Gaggan consecutively got in the first place,  the number of Japanese restaurants selected is 11, Hong Kong & Macao 10,  Thailand 9Singapore 7 Korea and Taiwan both are 3, but Korea won the 11th grade, the best ever position that Taiwan got in this year is the 15th  (RAW, 18th MUME,  47th Shoun Ryugin),  China got the 8th positionhttps://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/asia-50-best-restaurants-2018/index.html

 The China Times, 10-20-2018  opinion (editorial)   https://opinion.chinatimes.com/20181019003889-262101 :

Taiwan's food safety failed again and again,  Dioxin, Fipronil poison-eggs in last year, Nicarbazin illegal drug residue event in this year.  Europe was very cautious about Fipronil event, in contrast, Taiwan did nothing about it.   Even worse, Taiwan officials hide Nicarbazin issue from Taiwanese people to baby related business indulge business to retrieve problematic eggs and then resell them as promotion goods..

Why do high-ranking officials always fudge Taiwanese people's only, and humblest request ??   (brief)

 The China Times, 5-21-2018 : Taiwan food safety became nothing but a slogan for the government's relaxation of pesticide residue standards in these 2 years.   TVBS, 9-12-2017 : Scholar (中興univ. professor 曾德賜) expressed the amount ( per hectare ) of application of pesticide in Taiwan was ranked world No.1, according to India's study.

The Apple Daily, 11-23-2018 : Italian <紅蝦> selected restaurants of Taiwan - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bencotto (tel:02-27156668), J-Ping Cafe (tel:04-22585655), SOLO Pizza  (tel:02-25506236), Antico Fomo  (tel:02-27063322), Piccola Enoteca (tel:03-5586831), Botega del Vin (tel:02-27525330), La Mole (tel:02-25166028),  DiVino (tel:02-27322552).

 

According to The World's Best Restaurants (2017) , Taiwan is not included in the list, Thailand got No.7, Singapore No.14, Japan 18th, HK 24th, Shanghai 41th.  In total, 5 Japanese , 4 Chinese, 3 Singapore, 2 Thailand, 1 Korean, 1 India restaurant(s) entered top 100.   http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners#t51-100.

 CNN (1-4-2017) "Best New Restaurants" included Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia Bali, Arab Dubai, ... but not any Taiwan's restaurants. 

●  China Times - Want Weekly, No.185 (2017): To emergently save dying tourism, Taiwan government spent NT90,000,000 to invite <Michelin Guide> to Taiwan in 2018.   In contrast,  The China Times, 7-9-2017: The budget for Taiwan food safety is allocated only NT1 to each person, on average, it's so poor !!   This site urges: we want food safety much more than good eat or food advertisements.

●  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


According to CNN (2-29-2016) "Asia's 50 Best Restaurants" , only two Taiwanese restaurants are selected (leMout Taichung (No.30) and Raw Taipei (No.46)), the number was ranked No. 9 in Asia, next to Singapore (10 restaurants selected )Hong Kong(9)Japan(8)Thailand(4, but Gaggan got best award)China(3)KoreaIndiaSri Lanka China's 3 restaurants ranking No. 7,18, 28 respectively ,  higher than Taiwan'sBesides, only one Taiwanese restaurant selected serves Taiwanese food.  (http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/29/foodanddrink/asia-best-restaurant-2016/index.html)  CNN (1-4-2017) "Best New Restaurants" included Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia Bali, Arab Dubai, ... but not any Taiwan's restaurants. 


According to The World's Best Restaurants (2016) , Taiwan is not included in the list (Italia Osteria Francescana got No.1, Spain El Celler de Can Roca No.2 ), 8 Asian restaurants are selected, including Japan Narisawa (No.8), H.K. Amber (No.20), Thail Gaggan (23), Singapore Andre (No. 32),  Japan 龍吟 (31), Thai Nahm (37), China Shanghai's Ultraviolet  by P.P. (42). / UDN 6-16-2016.
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 score as all other communist China's major cities, e.g., GuangZhou, TianJin, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai.  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".  China's "Food Security Index" of 2016 is No. 42,  some other top 40 Asian countries are Singapore No.3,  Qatar No. 20, Japan No.22, Korea No. 28, UAE No. 30, Saudi Arabia No. 32, Malaysia No. 35, Thailand No. 51, Vietnam No. 57,  world top 11 are USA, Ireland, Singapore, Australia, Nederland, France, Germany, Canada, UK, Sweden, NZ.

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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. ), however this never affects a long queue at front of Gin-Fon restaurant.

 

 

 

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CNN推薦台灣No.2的美食
 

 

 

pic. left:

 

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,
h
ow do Westerners feel about the "restaurant"?  another one CNN recommended

 is TaoYuan Street Lao Wang beef noodle,
 their beef is sort of pink-colored (look like roast beef), very tender, and less salty than

 Lin Dong-Fang's. (ps: new shop near Fu-Xin N.  / 2019)

 

 

pic. right:  Newly decor. Lin_Dong_Fang beef noodle grand reopened
 in Ba-de road (near Fu-Xing N.),
but not long later, lost its Michelin title just won in 2018,
 
However, a queue still continues ...

 

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 ...

 

 

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 Circle Side" ("圓環邊" no.46 Nin-Xia Rd., ) oyster omelet was reported by Discovery (USA), this program was replay a number of times in recent years.

"Lai Ji" oyster omelet was ranked as No.3 "Taiwanese foods we can't live without" by CNN (July 24, 2015)

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.
 

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 ...  

 

 

 

Taiwan food
 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwan president Tsai: Food safety problem is
one of biggest challenges to Taiwan / The China Times,  8-6-2016
Taiwan food safety  ; Taiwan's medical Doctors... click to read issues in the past

 

 

 

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1.  Before  Michelin Guide in Taipei

   

   

   predicts by UDN 10-19-2017, United Daily, 11-7-2017
Which restaurants may get Michelin star ?? 


 If Le Guide Michelin come Taiwan, the following restaurants have chance to win star / ref. to

  L'ATELIER de Joël Robuchon (侯布雄法式餐廳,Taipei)

● ShinYeh (欣葉) Taiwanese cuisine restaurant

● Landis Taipei(亞都麗緻), Paris 1930 (avg price of dinner : NT3300-3800 plus 10%)

● Mandarin Oriental Taipei (東方文華), Yage (雅閣), PUTTO BELLO Italian cuisine

 

寒舍食譜, 君品酒店頤宮, 101食藝軒, 明福Taiwanese cuisine,  山海樓 Taiwanese cuisine

祥雲龍吟 (3 star in Tokyo, 2 star in Hong Kong)

● Orchid Restaurant, Mume, 態芮,  世貿聯誼社,

 

   

    ★  "Michelin Star"  "branch restaurant" in Taiwan:  (data till Mar. 2018)

    Actually, There's no Michelin starred restaurant in Taiwan before Mar. 2018.  All below are Michelin restaurants' Taiwan branches without any star.  
 

    ●   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, 3 stars in total。 Till early 2018, their Hong Kong (not Taiwan) restaurants won 1 star for consecutive 9 years.  But CTV evening news (12-12-2015 7:15pm) criticized some foods in Taiwan's TaiChung branch is not up to Michelin level, they have 9 branches in Taiwan now 3-'18.  contact 02-23703978, 04-24623078.

       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 fine-dining restaurants in Macau, Japan(惠比壽), Moroco won Michelin 3 star title each, L'atelier in New York, Paris, Singapore got 1 or 2 star,  in Hong Kong got a 3 star.  For Taipei branch contact 02-87292628.   for full details pls. check  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Michelin_starred_restaurants。

     ●   "龍吟" (name in Japan) won 3 star in Michelin Tokyo for consecutive 7 years - till early 2018,  祥雲龍吟 (its name in Taiwan) uses Taiwan's vegetables and seafood as ingredient.  contact 02-85015808.

        YeShanghai (夜上海) in AMBROSIA Mutsukoshi XinYi (信義三越A4)  : Hong Kong's YeShanghai (馬可波羅6F) obtained Michelin 2 stars in  2012, one star in  2013, 2014 till present early 2018, its restaurant in Shanghai and Taipei never won a star till early 2018。contact 02-23450928.

         low-price Asian Michelin (since May 2017) -   Liao-Fang Hong Kong chicken (了凡香港油雞 Hawker Chan ) in Singapore won 1 star for 2 years, it's just a stall in Singapore, however, it takes a form of restaurant in Taiwan, contact the one in opposite side of Taipei Main Station by 02-2311-8078, another branch is 04-24626178..

        Din Tai Fung / Taiwan's Din Tai Fung was advertising itself a Michelin Star restaurant in 2015-2016, even Hong Kong branch just lost Michelin star title in 2015, 2016,Taiwan branch never won any star。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). 

         Kanpai Classic (老乾杯), in DaZi (大直), contact 02-8501-5556, in Mutsukoshi XinYi (信義三越), 02-27253311.

  ●   Tsuta in Japan won Michelin one star in Tokyo for consecutive 3 years.  They opens 2 branches in Taipei, TaiChung, Tsuta makes noodles by using Japan's flour, and uses stew-7-hours full chicken and very small clams (海瓜子) as soup base.
     
    Celebrity Cuisine (名人坊), in Hi-Lai Hotel at Kaohsiung (高雄漢來), and then Tai-Nan and Tai-chung.     / ref.  UDN 3-28-2018, The China Times, 10-12-2017 

     ●    ibuki by Takagi Kazuo (日本料理 日本神戶2星), 2 starred Japanese cuisine restaurant in Japan. 

         厲家菜 (北京宮廷料理 東京2星), Beijing Palace cuisine, won Michelin 2 star in Tokyo Japan.  

     ●    UKAI-TEI (日鐵板燒 東京1星), Japanese cuisine won 1 star in Tokyo Japan,  they opened branch in Taiwan's Kaohsiung 晶英國際行館 .   鳥喜Toriki   照燒  avg. NTD1000,  02-27232288.

 

 

 


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), Its branches in Hong Kong obtained Michelin one star, but not any more at end of  2014, CNN (July 2015) dropped it to No.20 restaurant in Taiwan, Daily Meal (Oct. 2014) let it fall by 6 positions.  Din Tai Fung has been using MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) till present('15),  being suspicious of getting involved in Taiwan food scandal, and used G.M.(genetic modified) material until July of 2015.   details ... comment Din Tai Fung

 

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, since 1949, intro. by Discovery USA

 

 

Chin Garden - SiChuan province cuisine, In XiMun Din there's a SiChuan cuisine street where is not as popular as before("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) - -  CTV(中視) 4-28-2018, 14:00 : Famous writer Li Ao (李敖) came here usually every weekend,  other favorite restaurants included 彭家園、驥園(敦化南路)、吳炒手,  etc;

 

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 cuisine, 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)

 

Ay Chung flour rice noodle ( since 1975  阿宗麵線) in Shi-Mun Din(西門町)  is a popular Taiwanese cuisine shop for tourists.

The DinTaiFung in USA  Nearly Shut Down for Unsatisfactory Health Inspection...The Brand Personality ?

Apple Daily, 1-2-2019, headline news: Din Tai Fung declared in its authorization book that using expensive ocean wild Spear shrimps (劍蝦) in dishes, but secretly replaced with farmed white-legged shrimps and sand shrimps (白蝦, 沙蝦) without noticing customers since early 2017.  

According to 2 US local news (4-15-2016), Din Tai Fung ( Bellevue, WA, USA ) failed to pass health inspections (violating cooling procedures, handwashing, and having valid permits and operating procedures, among other items) and garnered 85 critical food safety violations, Din Tai Fung ( Seattle ) also received unsatisfactory health inspections 3 times ... (China Times, 5-22-2016)
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)  and in SOGO Dpt. Store (2-27-2016).
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)
 ps: the China Times analyzed losing Michelin most likely it's because of inconsistent quality problem.  (http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20141031001358-260405)  

  Apple Daily, 9-22-2016: Din Tai Fung did not get any star in Michelin Shanghai (not in HK, Taipei as well)

Taiwan prosecutor charged Din Tai Fung for violating copyrights law / UDN 4-12-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/11315/3081736

 

 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
.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUX6sVx3pFU

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.   Others like Singapore's 了凡 are same.

Since 1953,

Original Shanghai flavor foods was Introduced by Wall Street Journal.
 Chiang
(Jiang) G.K. (蔣經國),

 Former president's favorite-food restaurant was no longer crowded.

closed 1-1-2019 , for urban development...

 


 

 

Comparing to restaurants in China,

the price in Taiwan is not so competitive,

generally speaking.

 

pic. left is what I saw on

Asia Travel Channel

 < Cook Eat China> (made in Singapore ) in Mar. 2018,

YangZhou city's signature food - YangZhou  Fried noodle (州炒麵) only ask RMB 5 (USD 0.7) for one order,


S
everal years ago, I came with my American friend to a well-known brand YangZhou Fried Noodle (China's restaurant brand) in 晶華城 mall, Bade Rd. Taipei ,

The price is much higher than that.

 



3. Eating in Taiwan int'l & Chinese cuisines


 <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:

2007-2008

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

2011-2012

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 cuisine、Palais 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.
    (2)
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.  

   

     ●   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) in AMBROSIA Mutsukoshi XinYi (信義三越A4)  : 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 / even Hong Kong branch just lost Michelin star title in 2015, 2016,Taiwan branch never won any star。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). 

     ●    low-price Asian Michelin (since May 2017) -  The opposite side of Taipei main station :  Liao-Fang Hong Kong chicken (了凡香港油雞Hawker Chan) 02-2311-8078;  
     
●    Kanpai Classic (老乾杯), in Mutsukoshi XinYi (信義三越), 02-27253311.

  ●    Produced by Toriki  (鳥喜),  02-27232288.
     
●    Celebrity Cuisine (名人坊), in Hi-Lai Hotel at Kaohsiung (高雄漢來).    / ref. The China Times, 10-12-2017


4. Eating in Taiwan - 5 star buffet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

5 star hotels - all you can eat buffet  click !!

 

        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.

      This site's article,  Taiwan's 5 star hotels - all you can eat buffet , has been ranking world top on US Bing, google and yahoo for years, pls. click for full text.  

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 metal 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 in a 5 star hotel in Taiwan;  CTI TV news (5-17-2017, 19:33): What can we eat in Taiwan? people are uneasy for food here...  ◆ United Daily, 11-26-2017: Only 2 pieces of Japanese sashimi (raw fish) slice ( e.g., Tuna, Swordfish) exceeds safety standard, because those kind of large-size deep sea fishes in Taiwan contain "甲基汞" (CH3Hg, heavy-metal material, methyl mercury intoxication).    CTV 5-8-2018 19:23 reported that some restaurants or business may add something non-nature to farmed salmon's feed for better look (orange color)  TVBS 12-12-2013: Nitrite,NO2( '亚硝酸盐' may cause cancer ) may be applied to raw tuna for bright red color look - ref to  https://news.tvbs.com.tw/life/513840

 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 all you can eat buffet in Taiwan

 

5 star hotel

Mandarin Oriental
Taipei (文華東方)

Hyatt
(君悅)

Sheraton

 (喜來登)

Hi-Lai Harbour Taipei
(漢來
)
饗食天堂 Sherwood
(西華)
Howard(福華)1F, 4F, 2F Ambassador
Hotel(
國賓)
Grand Taipei (圓山飯店)  Le Meridien,   (艾美) Shangri-La's(香格里拉遠東) Regent Taipei

all you can eat buffet

1-29-2019  data:

 

weekdays buffet:

Beijing duck, US strip sirloin, braised US beef in red wine sauce, pan-fried salmon dill cream sauce, sweet sour pork vegetables w dried scallop, braised mushroom, wok fried prawn soy sauce stewed sea bass, pan fried Radish cake XO sauce,US beef Bolognaise Lasagna), deep fried dim sum, Thai seafood fried rice w pineapple, crab sweet corn soup, clam chowder, wined chicken. seafood bar: snow crab, brown crab, mussel, sea shell, mussel, shrimp, etc

 

Sat. and Sun. 'semi' all-you-can-eat buffet feast serves various red crabs   (12-1-2018 data)

 

2-18-2019 updated

seafood bar added: scallops, ,mussel,catfish,whelks, ... hot dish: wok fried lily asparagus shrimps...

 

12-26-2018 data

Western signature dish: roasted US beef rib eye chimichurri (weekdays), Sirloin steak (weekends);

 

Western: sauteed pork knuckle green pepper, Caribbean grilled fish, char grull lamb chop rosemarry, pork piccata, 

 

5-6 kinds Japanese raw fish, sea whelks, crab, shrimp, a-bu-ri-su-shi ;

 

Chinese main: made to order mutton soup (weekdays), made to order seafood (fish, shell, squid or tiny oyster 蚵)soft rice;
Ningbo style braised eel fillet yellow chive, braised sea cucumber, Shanghai dumpling, roast duck, wok fried chicken basil, braised pork belly bamboo shout preserved bean curd sauce, wok braised fish preserved vegetable...;

 

8 Häagen-Dazs, blue cheese, cheese cake, kiwi, orange juice

 

 

 

 

 

3-4-2019  updated

hot dishes same, add clam chowder soup, fruits add kiwi and small apple

2-22-2019: updated hot dish: soak rice with abalonebraised crabs w wine sauce、 grilled salmon w sea salt 、braised fish vegetable Turmeric、beer stewed pork、roast chicken w Truffles, nuts、pork spare rib w salt pepper、stir-fried pork w black pepper、rose ginger marinated chicken、

 5-6 raw fish slices :  salmon, cobia, snapper, swordfish,  etc  (no tuna 11-13-'18);

seafood bar : shrimp, small crab、、mussels ,   squid;

NZ Natural ice cream 6 items, Haagen-Dazs 4 items;

 

12-10-2018 updated /
Hot dishes:
soak rice with abalone..., ox-tongue garlic butter, grilled salmon w sea salt, spicy spare-ribs pork, stir fried beef w water bamboo, green onion, grilled pork w herb, crab & onion w curry, braised pork w sweet sour sauce, roast beef ...

11-13-2018 data / hot dishes: braised pork rib w sweet olive, fried crab w egg yolk, stir fried vegetable, chicken w chili, stewed fish (basa) w SiChun(四川) sauce or steamed  fresh-water fish w lemon, wok fried squid w celery, grilled salmon w sea salt ...

 

 

updated 3-13-2019:11 different sashimi, but raw fish about 7 :salmon、swordfish, tuna、snapper, sand barracuda、Aishin、cuttlefish; attractions:

spanner crabs and crabs;  mussels (

黑貽貝與孔雀), beef a-bu-ri-su-shi(握壽司),assembled abalone(貴妃鮑)

 

hot: Kung Pao frog legs, Si-Chuan spicy prawn, Xi-Lin sausage, beef soup, Beijing roast duck, 滷大腸、BBQ chicken thigh, steamed sparerib w Fermented black beans, steamed crab shiao-Mai(蟹黃燒賣)、Fried shrimps ball, Thai green curry w duck, seared scallop, German pork knuckle, US roast beef, smoked salmon fried rice, abalone soup, stir-fried cuttlefish w snap bean,Japan deep fried shrimp;

 

8 items Häagen-Dazs icecream.sorbet,

lots dissert, home-made yogurt

 

EBC (東森/靖天育樂TV) 5-4-2018 3:00pm :

   Hi-Lai serves  10 different kinds of Japanese raw fish slices,

 and abalone;

 

Middle-east Blue Crab (奶油蒜香中東花蟹)、

 

Thai style spicy pepper Pacific White  shrimps(泰式辛辣胡椒藍鑽蝦)

steak(

肋眼牛排)、

 

 fried scallop(煎干貝)、

 

French style shoulder mutton(法式羊肩排)、

 

Sushi( Japan's beef a-bu-ri-su-shi和牛握壽司)、

 

baked oyster(焗烤生蠔)

3 different items of  raw fish slices : Dolphin fish (鬼頭刀), Nagao Coast snapper(雞紅鯛), Bonito (鰹), from Tai-Dong, Taiwan.

 

  Germany cuisine festival ~ 10-21-2018 (德國美食節 ―  包括德國豬腳, 烤蜂蜜帶皮火腿, etc)

3-4-2019 updated:

lunch, mainly, serves South-East Asian (Thai, Malaysia) cuisine, all are cooked foods, no raw fish sushi those cuisine, dinner adds shrimps (L) and duck, etc

 

afternoon tea buffet:

South-East Asian (Thai, Malaysia) cuisine, 

 

 cold seafood bar : shrimps, crabs, etc,

 

hot dishes : Malaysia spicy assorted seafood, Thai style steamed fish, fried mussels,  Singapore fried rice-noodle, vegetables,  HK style disserts (4 different kinds);

 

 small sweet cake/dissert should be taken by working staff, not allowed to  take freely.

 

Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

 

4th floor is American style buffet, dinner's main are oven ribeye steak, baked scallops, shrimps (明蝦), 3kinds of raw fishes (price about : mon~thur 950, 1050; 1050, 1150, from 2019)

 

2nd floor offers semi-buffet or economic buffet

4 items of raw fish slices : :  Tuna、Cobia、Salmon、竹莢魚or swordfish,all are fresh cut upon req. (it's fresh cut, but not too "free" for foodie);

 

 

deep fried shrimp, and

、deep fried 4-season beans (四季豆)、corn flour (玉米粉);


crabs: Three-spotted Crab (三點蟹)、Spanner/Crimson (旭蟹)、white shrimp (熟白蝦) ;


rib (牛小排) and prime steak in dinner only,
 lunch only serves roast beef

 

Häagen-Dazs and Cold Stoneice cream, 8 flavors each brand

 

4 different kinds (afternoon tea usually 2~3 kinds) of raw fish slices (生魚片) : BigHead Carp (鰱魚?), Cobia(海儷), Swordfish(旗魚) and Great Amberjack(紅魽);

 

lunch and dinner attractions: N.Z. roast beef,all-u-can-drink beer(生啤酒),seafood include shrimps and crabs, hot dishes usually varies day by day

 

various hot dishes(蘿蔔絲餅(Crispy pasrty with silky turnip ) 燴香菇(braised mushroom)  海鮮小干貝(braised small scallops), etc), more items than those in Sheraton's afternoon tea buffet ;

 

 

But, LTN (自由時報)10-13-2018 gave bad score to their buffet - see http://ent.ltn.com.tw/news
/breakingnews/2579148

 

raw fish slices 3~4 items;

 

 emperor crabs soup out,   oyster & pork rib soup in (原帝王蟹改香菇鮑魚雞湯現再改為牡蠣排骨湯);

 

oven ribeye steak(爐烤肋眼牛),  HK dim-sum(蒸籠港點)、grilled chicken(烤雞)、grilled large shrimp (烤大蝦);

 

厚切赤味噌烤牛舌(grilled Miso thick-cut beef tongue )、鳳梨蒲燒鰻(grilled eel w pineapple)假日不定時提供;

 

脆皮烤乳豬(crispy bbq suckling pig), 焗烤生蠔(baked oyster), served irregularly

 

Seafood bar serves tiny snail, tiny octopus, mussel, shrimps, sushi,

 

and Japanese raw-fish slices : tuna/ swordfish, salmon, Great Amberjack(紅魽)

;

 

 Haagen-Dazs4 items;

 

 

India style cuisine 5 items;

 

 

Candonese style Siu Mei / Barbecued cuisine (廣式燒臘) , a few items;

 

data of Sept., 2018

 

3-12-2019 updated/
buffet's main attractions:seafood bar: Three-spotted Crab (三點蟹)、Spanner/Crimson (旭蟹)、sakura crab(櫻花蟹),

 

 手卷bar:  a-bu-ri-su-shi(握壽司)、炙燒、12~15 different sauces;

 

raw fish slices about 5~6 different kinds;

 

signature hot food: oven roast beef(爐燒牛排), Japanese wine (清酒) steamed clam;

 

CTV(中視)evening news, 12-18-2018: Regent's breakfast buffet serves many Chinese style cuisine, which was intro. by CNN;

 

Deputy mayor of Shanghai has breakfast in Regent buffet restaurant, has dinner in Grand Taipei (圓山飯店)

 

price lunch Mon ~Thurs NTD 1580,  weekend lunch NTD 1980~3380, depends which main dish you order; 02-27156888 weekdays 1480, Sat., Sun.1680, fri, sat. 8:30 pm~10pm 30% off late bird price lunch NTD1090,
dinner1190
Taipei Dun-Hua(敦化),天母 branches: 850,600,980;

 

Others: lunch 730, afternoon580,dinner 850;


reservation: 02-87736656

lunch NTD 798,
dinner 898
lunch 888, Fri, Sat, Sun dinner 1288, Mon~ Thurs no dinner afternoon tea buffet about 600; Mon.~Thur.750, 800; Fri, Sat, Sun 800, 880 NTD 980 , NTD 1280 afternoon tea buffet about NTD 600;

lunch 900dinner 1080;
weekend lunch 1100
dunner 1180

Mon~Thur lunch, dinner NTD 1590;
Fri, Sat, Sun 1690
Mon~Fri lunch 1090; Mon~Thu, sun,  dinner 1290;
Fri, Sat  dinner 1390
lunch 1180dinner 1380;
weekend lunch 1480
dunner1480

 

 
ps:  Marriott Hotel : SEMI buffet, need to order a main dish,  together with salad & dissert bar,  Sat. Sun. have seafood bar, but number of seafood are limited, weekdays NTD 980-2280, weekends NTD1280-2880, ps2: Palais de Chin Hotel buffet are semi too;  ps3: Westin Taipei's closed in Dec. 2018;  ps 4:  further details pls. ref. to the web-pages

 

 

 

         

   Taiwan / 5 star buffet        brief of The Liberty Times (自由時報), 7-15-2016, 7-16-2016, 7-17-2016

W Hotel / Taipei

(寒舍艾美酒店)
 Le Meridien
 / Taipei

Hyatt
(君悅)
 / Taipei

(六福皇宮)
Westin  / Taipei

Shangri La's Far Eastern
(遠東)
 / Taipei


Howard
4F   / Taipei


Howard
1F   / Taipei
(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai   / Taipei

(晶華)
Regent   / Taipei

(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai  / Kaohsiung (漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai  / Taichung (國賓)Ambassador Hotel / Kaohsiung (饗食天堂) EatTogether / 台中店 Sheraton    / Taipei   (欣葉) Shin Yeh / Taipei
oven roast pib-rib tender, various countries flavors for more choices,  but, pork chops in Chinese medicine soup(藥燉排骨) tasted not tender & juicy;
part of seafood open for freely taking ; cakes limited
Emperor crab、mussels(貽貝)、stone-crabs(石蟳)high class and fresh, lots of Sashimi raw fish slices served , various and fresh seafood in mini-bar refrigerator, but  3-Spot-swimming-Crab (三點蟹) not fresh;
various-items and fine quality desserts
roast duck、oil-chicken(油雞)、roast beef steak and roast mutton are high quality ;
Sashimi raw fish slices、white shrimps(白蝦)、whelk meat  (香螺) are fresh ; crabs not too fresh  ; desserts are 5 star ranking
 special made roast Ribeye Steak(乾式熟成肋眼牛排)smells great;
frozen Boston lobster tasted bit too soft after being defrosted, more than 50 hot dishes tasted great, lots of  drinking options
India curry flavor is great, various meats , HaiNan chicken  tender, India spicy meat overdone, fresh appetizer ,  high class vegetables shrimp, scallop(扇貝) fresh, advice starting from seafood;
Grilled pork ribs(炭烤豬肋排)、ham(火腿) tender;
traditional style desserts
meat is not upto 5 star ranking, roast duck not tender;
Haagen-Dazs ice cream without clear marks ;
white shrimps, (旭蟹)Spanner Crabs are fresh, 3 Spot swimming Crab (三點蟹) not fresh,large shrimps, middle-sized Inshore squids(中捲) good flavor(海味足),fish soup taste good
flagship food is various seafood:
4 kinds of fresh crabs,
Assorted Sashimi(綜合生魚片)、smoked shark(鯊魚煙)、meat roll with green onion (三星蔥肉捲)、roast pork rib with plum sauce(蘇梅醬燒豬肋排) are good
angle red shrimps、epicure beef steak, Grilled pork ribs(炭烤豬肋排)、freshly-made Frei(現烤布蕾)、brown-sugar bee-nested cake(黑糖蜂巢蛋糕) good;
Sashimi fresh, 3 kinds of crabs
flagship food is seafood:
Spanner CrabMangrove crab(旭蟹), Mud crab  (紅蟳),lots ice at the bottom to keep them fresh;
Hong Kong style pot boilcookcrab with XO sauce(港式XO蟹煲)、grilled Ayu(烤香魚)taste good; grilled beef suppose US Prime ramk, various desserts for selection
8~10 different kinds of Sashimi raw fish slices,seafood are various kinds and fresh,cold dishes and hot dishes both are excellent;
30+ different kinds of desserts
beef ribs(牛小排) great,,bratwurst sausage(德式香腸)smells good ;

various cooking styles of seafood cuisine (料理手法多元), particularly
Pan-fried Sea Bass fillet(鐵板煎鱸魚排);
many items and high quality desserts
 a lot fresh and  different items of cold plate seafood Emperor crabs fresh ,short-necked clam(熱炒海瓜子)no good;
pan fried chicken、oven roast beef(爐烤牛肉)、india flavor curry clay oven rolls(印度咖哩燒餅)、 Vietnamese noodle soup usually served with beef (pho bo) or chicken (pho ga 越南河粉) Good;
most of cold-plate meats are  Semifinished products;
desserts less items and bit too sweet
Sashimi raw fish slices fresh ; not enough meats on the bar, but the balance of rare and well done  is controlled in right place ;

desserts are not open for freely taking (須服務人員協取)

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New buffet
Mandarin Oriental serves new buffet (NT1880 + 10%) since Oct. 2, 2017, low-temperature US prime roast beef is different from other 5 star buffets / China Times, 10-1-2017

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.   Critiques on Taiwanese restaurants

 

●  Jiang So-San M.D. (江守山, 12-2018, <早安健康 - 名醫餐桌>