The Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list this year for the first time features restaurants and street vendors in Tainan and Kaohsiung.
The list — released on Tuesday and featuring 141 establishments in Taiwan, 50 more than last year — highlights restaurants and vendors that offer a three-course meal for a fixed price of no more than NT$1,000.
Taipei restaurants were included for the fifth consecutive year and Taichung establishments for the third time.
Photo: Tsai Shu-yuan, Taipei Times
The Bib Gourmand selections include 57 restaurants and night market stalls in Taipei, 37 in Taichung, 27 in Tainan and 20 in Kaohsiung, Michelin said.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the cities’ food and beverage industries have shown great resilience and demonstrate the variety of the local food culture with at least 20 cuisine types represented, international director of Michelin Guides Gwendal Poullennec said.
“Extending their research for the first time to the historic city of Tainan as well as to the coastal city of Kaohsiung, our inspectors have been impressed by their respective culinary scenes,” Poullennec said.
In Taipei, six new eateries have been recognized with a Bib Gourmand distinction: the 60-year-old Yunnanese cuisine stalwart Jen Ho Yuan (人和園), dim sum restaurant Chuan Mu Yuan (川畝園), Ah-guo Soup Noodles (阿國切仔麵), vegetarian restaurant Little Tree Food (小小樹食) on Daan Road, Taiwanese eatery Yuan Wei (元味料理) and chicken restaurant Chi Chia Chuang (雞家莊) on Changchun Road.
Of Taichung’s six new entrants, three are Taiwanese cuisine eateries — Bamboo Country (竹之鄉), Feng Chi Goose (鳳記鵝肉老店) and Mr Good (好先生), Michelin said.
The other three are Hello VietNam (越南你好), which specializes in North Vietnamese cuisine; Xiao Chu Den (小初店), which features Taiwanese snacks; and 60-year-old Hakka restaurant Niou Jia Juang (牛稼莊).
Tainan boasts the most new Bib Gourmand entrants, including 19 chosen for their street food specialties, the guide said.
Many selections are decades-old stalwarts well-known for their local offerings — milkfish dishes, sticky rice cakes, shaved ice, fish skin soup and calamari rice noodles, it said.
Among the 20 Kaohsiung eateries on the Bib Gourmand list, nine offer Taiwanese cuisine and six are casual eateries, while the others feature Thai or Chinese food, Michelin said.
The full list of Michelin-starred restaurants would be released on Tuesday along with the Michelin Guide Taipei, Taichung, Tainan & Kaohsiung 2022.
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