Michelin announces 2018 Taipei Bib Gourmand winners

Michelin releases winners of the first-ever Taipei Bib Gourmand selection

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Raohe Night Market. (Photo by flickr user Jorge Gonzalez)

Raohe Night Market. (Photo by flickr user Jorge Gonzalez)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- For the first time in Taipei, Michelin today (March 6) released the winners of its Bib Gourmand awards, just one week before its highly anticipated Michelin Guide Taipei will also be announced.

Michelin's prestigious Bib Gourmand award is given to restaurants that offer a "quality meal" within a set price range. In the case of the new Taipei list, 36 addresses were selected, with 10 being located in the city's renown night markets.

Commenting on the positive impression Michelin's inspectors had of Taiwanese dishes, International Director in charge of the MICHELIN Guides, Michael Ellis said:

"Our inspectors have discovered the diversity and quality of Taiwanese cuisine, with great local gourmet offerings, including beef noodles, pork knuckles, squid balls, all at very attractive prices. Selections from the night markets include a healthy sesame oil chicken soup, pork liver or tripe soup, marinated chicken offal, kelp and duck wings. We also have a spot serving vegan stinky tofu, a Taiwanese favorite, on the Bib gourmand list.”

Five of the restaurants on the list specialize in Taiwanese cuisine, including Mao Yuan (茂園), Meli (美麗餐廳), My Stove (My 灶), My Sweet Home Small Kitchen (我家小廚房) and Shuang Yue Food (雙月食品). Eight beef noodle eateries made the cut, including Yong Kang Beef Noodle (永康牛肉麵), Niu Dian Beef Noodles (牛店精燉牛肉麵), Liu Shandong Beef Noodles (劉山東牛肉麵), Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles (林東芳牛肉麵), Liao Beef Noodles (廖家牛肉麵), Lao Shandong Homemade Noodles (老山東牛肉家常麵店), Jian Hong Beef Noodles (建宏牛肉麵), and it singled out Halal Chinese Beef Noodles (清真中國牛肉麵食館) as especially noteworthy for its 60 years of history.

Of the 10 night market winners, three were in the Raohe Night market, including Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup (陳董藥燉排骨), Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun (福州世祖胡椒餅) and Shi Boss Spicy Tofu (施老闆麻辣臭豆腐). There were two stalls each in the Nanjichang, Ningxia and Linjiang night markets, while Hai You Pork Ribs (海友十全排骨) was the selection from Taipei's famous Shilin Night Market for its pork rib soup.

The list also featured other styles of cooking, including Jiangzhe, Shanghainese, Cantonese, Pekingese, Sichuanese and Japanese. The announcement highlighted Hamamatsuya (濱松屋), which sources eels from local farms and Sichuan vegetarian restaurant Serenity (祥和蔬食).

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