Tainan and Kaohsiung join the Bib Gourmand list

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This year, the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list features restaurants and street vendors in Tainan and Kaohsiung for the first time.

The list – released on Tuesday and including 141 establishments in Taiwan, 50 more than last year – highlights restaurants and vendors that offer a three-course meal for a fixed price no more than NT$1,000.

Restaurants in Taipei were included for the fifth consecutive year and establishments in Taichung 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, cities’ agri-food industries have shown great resilience and demonstrate the variety of local food culture with at least 20 types of cuisine represented, said Michelin Guides International Director Gwendal Poullennec .

“Expanding their research for the first time to the historic city of Tainan as well as the coastal city of Kaohsiung, our inspectors were impressed with their respective food scenes,” Poullennec said.

In Taipei, six new restaurants have been awarded a Bib Gourmand distinction: 60-year-old pillar of Yunnanese cuisine Jen Ho Yuan (人和園), dim sum restaurant Chuan Mu Yuan (川畝園), Ah-guo Soup Noodles (阿國切仔麵), the vegetarian restaurant Little Tree Food (小小樹食) on Daan Road, the Taiwanese restaurant Yuan Wei (元味料理) and the chicken restaurant Chi Chia Chuang (雞家莊) on Changchun Road.

Of Taichung’s six new entrants, three are Taiwanese cuisine restaurants – 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), specializing in North Vietnamese cuisine; Xiao Chu Den (小初店), which offers Taiwanese snacks; and the 60-year-old Hakka restaurant Niou Jia Juang (牛稼莊).

Tainan has the most new Bib Gourmand entrants, including 19 chosen for their street food specialties, the guide said.

Many of the selections are decades-old mainstays well known for their local offerings — milkfish dishes, sticky rice cakes, shaved ice, fish skin soup and calamari rice noodles, he said.

Of Kaohsiung’s 20 restaurants on the Bib Gourmand list, nine offer Taiwanese cuisine and six are casual dining, while the rest offer Thai or Chinese cuisine, Michelin said.

The full list of Michelin-starred restaurants will be released on Tuesday along with the 2022 Taipei, Taichung, Tainan & Kaohsiung Michelin Guide.

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