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Street food dominates Michelin's 'Bib Gourmand' for Taipei

2018/03/06 17:05:02

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Taipei, March 6 (CNA) A week ahead of the eagerly-awaited announcements of the first selection of the Michelin Guide Taipei, the publisher on Tuesday released a "Bib Gourmand" list, with street food dominating the selections.

The Bib Gourmand is a distinction given by Michelin inspectors to establishments offering a quality meal within a fixed price range under €36 (US$44.40), according to Michelin.

The list is expected to complement the guide, which will include three tiers of restaurants with one, two and three Michelin stars representing very good cooking, excellent cooking worth a detour and exceptional cuisine worth a journey, respectively.

The inaugural Bib Gourmand selection for Taipei includes 36 addresses, out of which 10 are offerings from Taiwan's famous night markets.

"Our inspectors have discovered the diversity and quality of Taiwanese cuisine, with great local gourmet offerings," said Michael Ellis, international director in charge of the Michelin guides.

Selections from the night markets included "a healthy sesame oil chicken soup, pork liver or tripe soup, marinated chicken offal, kelp, and duck wings," he said.

"We also have a spot serving vegan stinky tofu, a Taiwanese favorite, on the Bib Gourmand list," he said.

Among the street food stalls, three came from the Raohe Night Market -- Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup, Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun, and Shi Boss Spicy Tofu.

The Nanjichang, Ningxia and Linjiang night markets each have two stalls featured.

The final street food entrant into the Bib Gourmand Selection was "Hai You Pork Ribs" from Shilin Night Market, which has been "using a secret recipe to make tasty and healthy pork rib soup with over 15 herbs for more than 40 years," according to Michelin.

The list also shines a spotlight on the Taiwanese mainstay of beef noodles with a total of eight eateries specializing in this dish, including Yongkang Beef Noodle, Niu Dian Beef Noodles, Liu Shandong Beef Noodles, Lin Dong Fang Beef Noodles, Liao Beef Noodles, Lao Shandong Homemade Noodles, Jian Hong Beef Noodles and Halal Chinese Beef Noodles.

There are also other food styles, including Pekingese and Cantonese cuisine, as well as the not-to-be-missed Shanghainese food of Din Tai Fung.

In addition, the list covers restaurants serving Indian and Japanese food.

Hamamatsuya, for instance, is a Japanese restaurant that sources eels from local farms, presenting their signature eel rice with unagi sauce three ways -- straight; with seaweed, green onion and sesame; or in green tea with wasabi.

No western-style restaurants is included in the Bib Gourmand.

For full list of the selections, go to
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)