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★ 1. Street foods in Taiwan / night markets, small-eat snacks◎
● All night-market districts across Taiwan have safety problem similar to a big gas-cylinder LPG-explosion in Fengjia (逢甲) night market (known as largest night-market business district in Taiwan) / The China Times, 7-19-2017
● Chang Gung Mem. Hospital professor Yin M.D. : "Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !".
● The United Daily (3-1-2017): Many Taiwanese night markets closed down due to lacking of distinguishing feature or quality, and the number of Chinese tourists sudden decreasing.
● The China Times (5-26-2015), a critique in media commentary<掉漆的文創> :"Something we should pay attention to is, a Hong Kong poll on the net selected Taiwan as the most disappointed point of attraction on this planet ― Taiwan's night market is the only place being worthy of visiting".
★ ● The China Times (8-8-2015) : Taiwan failed to establish a high-quality image of tourism & travel, but just impressed tourists a place filled with cheap goods, e.g., small-eat, that's a bad marketing strategy.
Economist Intelligence Unit
- Liveability Country Level Index (Jan. 2015), Taipei's "Food Security Index"
("1" means "Most Secure") is "42", same as all other communist China's major
cities, e.g., GuangZhou, TianJin, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai.
Asia best Singapore's index from "5" in 2014 rises to "2" in 2015
(5-28-2015). 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".
(11-29-2014) analyzed Taiwanese
black-heart foods caused ruling party "has
one of its worst electoral
failure of Mr Ma’s government to prevent a series of food scandals
has also upset many"。The New York times
authorities in Taiwan are scrambling to control a tainted-cooking-oil
scandal that has affected hundreds of manufacturers and raised fears
about health risks posed in many commonly consumed food items... the new
scandal shows that there is still not enough being done to eliminate
lawbreaking production lines”. BusinessWeek (9-8-2014): "The
new gutter-oil scandal has “shocked
Taiwan have been
shocked by a
series of food
Discovery (USA) called oyster omelette as
"Taiwanese Viagra". night market's Oyster omelet is best dish
/ most typical snack in Taiwan.
Shi-Lin night market's "Grandma's family" (「阿婆之家」) oyster omelet was one of 2 earliest stores selling oyster omelets in Taiwan.
"Loyalty" / "Zhong Cheng Hou" (「忠誠號」) is another most famous Taiwanese oyster omelette in ShihLin night market.
|Discovery (USA) introduced "The Circle Side" ("圓環邊") oyster omelet, this program was replay a number of times in recent years. its omelet indeed smells better. (addr: 46 Nin-Xia Rd. Taipei, Nin Xia night market )||CNN (7-24-2015) ranked "Lai Ji" oyster omelet (Nin-Xia night market) as No.3 "40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without" .Lots of "Free Range"/native chicken eggs at front-door as its advertisement, Lai locates NinXia night market||
The Liberty Times
(12-13-2015) also intro.
oyster omelette : TaiChung ZhongXiao (忠孝) night
night market, Chen - a 40 yrs old shop (陳四十年老店, 一段197號)、Kasohsiung,
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.
7-24-2015）"40 Taiwanese foods we
can't live without" -
which is next to Nan-Men Market
(on Roosevelt Rd. - for honoring
US former president);
|Taiwan night markets◎|
Pic. above: 90% of what we eat and use contain poison or toxin - The secret that Taiwanese business won't tell you, the cover-page of book <Those black-heart products poison-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)>, written by professor Wu (吳家誠), consultant of Taiwanese government and dean of National Taiwan Normal University.
Most 5 star hotel
restaurants in Taiwan don't wash
the vegetables, they just soak
in water and cut them... It's 5 star
restaurants' "S.O.P", not to
mention average Taiwanese
besides, the food-safety
specialty of 5 star restaurants
deserves my concerns. A 5 star hotel restaurant
by fresh-water fishes, this may
causes serious infection and
even cancer, according to
Japanese studies in 2013...hence, people
should minimize the number of
times dining out to assure
safety / Jiang M.D.'s book
"食在安心"(by 江守山 M.D.,
Taiwan Veterans General Hospital,
), printed in Oct, 2014.
"Fruits , Vegetables" (Chinese namely, "遠離毒蔬果") written by IMEI
leader Luis Ko (高志明), page 162 quoted Dr. Gaston J.C. Wu (professor
& dean, Taiwan Normal
University) that Taiwan's
vegetables and fruits should be
flush thoroughly with plenty of
flowing water, those tiny gaps and
hollows need to be brushed before cooking
or/and eating. No just
vegetables and fruits in water in a large basin ...
Bizarre Foods of
Andrew Zimmern in Nov. '15 once mentioned Americans
are afraid of street foods, but ...
Next 35 are
Asia's 10 greatest
street-foods cities (
and Taiwanese street-side snacks in night markets.
ranked Taipei as No. 2 among
Asia's 10 greatest
street foods cities.
No.1 city is Malaysia's Penang,
is Thailand's Bangkok,
China's XiAnn, No.8
Taiwanese small eat street-foods intro. by CNN :
But, this web-site comments:
Open-air night markets are the heart of
lots of cheap eats in Taichung:
Taiwan fried chicken, barbecued octopus to fresh fruit, to noodle
stands serving the island's
signature beef noodles -- food is
Japanese ramen noodle shops and curry houses also dot the city...
★ 10 biggest temple side night markets : Keelong (奠濟宮), Taipei (大稻埕/慈聖宮&霞海城隍廟), HsinChu(城隍廟) , TaiChung FoonYuan(豐原慈濟宮) , TaiChung Da-Gia (大甲鎮瀾宮) , ChangHua Lu-Port (鹿港天后宮), Yuan-Lin (北港朝天宮), TaiNan (保安宮), TaiNan (祀典武廟) , Kaohsiung (武廟) - ref. to the Liberty Times Weekender, Nov. 1, 2015
◎ ( 時報周刊) issue No. 1983, ~ 2-25-2016:
"Follow Taiwan's President Tsai to enjoy Ba Wan (Taiwanese pork ball ) ! " ( "跟著小英(蔡)瞌總統肉圓")
small eat and night market street foods" healthy to humans??
Gung Mem. Hospital professor Yin M.D.
(殷宗海, Doctor, Univ. of London ):
"Minimize the times of dining out to
protect your health !" ( ref. to book
to survive in this bad food-security
small eat and night market street foods" healthy to humans??
◆ Chang Gung Mem. Hospital professor Yin M.D. (殷宗海, 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))
★ 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 in 2014, CNN (July 2015) dropped it to No.20 in Taiwan, Daily Meal (Oct. 2014) dropped it by 6 positions. Din Tai Fung has been using MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), being suspicious of getting involved in Taiwan food scandal, and used G.M.(genetic modified) material until July of 2015. details
★ 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)
★ Beijing Do It True, intro. by Discovery USA (北平都一處since 1949, 醬肉燒餅etc, 美國Discovery介紹 )
★ Peng Yuan restaurant, Chinese Hu-Nan province cuisine (彭園, 湖南菜系, 台灣大報介紹)
★ Chin Garden - Si-Chuan province cuisine, In Xi-Mun-Din there's a Si-Chuan cuisine street ("黔園", 台灣大報介紹, 四川菜系, 西門町康定路25巷是川菜街 )
★ Chinese two provinces - Yun-Nan and Kwei-Chow cuisine 人和園(雲貴菜)
★ NanMen market, a most famous cuisine shop - ycyf.com.tw ("億長御坊", Intro. by Liberty Times)、a branch in Taipei 101 F1 supermarket ( Some famous Lunar New Yr. cuisine like 合興糕餅、隆記等 in NanMen market)、
★ Braised snacks / munchies to go: JengJi.com.tw(正記, salty ducks鹽水鴨etc)、LauTianLu(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 cuisin, 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 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)
Fung's Hong Kong branches were
just eliminated their Michelin
Din Tai Fung USA website
has also been advertising
a similar one in its front-page.
(tests till present at
★ 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)。
a creativity by Z. Zu
pic. below: former US
president Bush was in Taiwan's restaurant - Beijing Do It True.
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.
by Wall Street Journal.
★3. Eating in Taiwan / int'l & Chinese cuisine
★ <The Daily Meal> 101 Best Restaurants in Asia, The Daily Meal celebrates the most exemplary epicurean endeavors in 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.
|Italia, Singapore, Japan, US, UK, UAE, Malaysia, Spain, Argentina .( underscore for Eastern nations)|
|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
★ 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/
Taipei coast, Yi-Lan, Hua-Nien,
Tai-Dong, remote tiny islands Ludao,
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.
● YeShanghai (夜上海): 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 (台灣鼎泰豐) / Taiwan's Din Tai Fung advertised itself a Michelin one star restaurant, but they never got any Michelin star, even Hong Kong's branches lost star title at 10-30-2014 and at 11-5-2015.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 night market is included in 2016's street food list of Macau. The boss said there're some differences 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).◎
★ 4. Eating in Taiwan - buffet
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.
The article, Taiwan's 5 star hotel - all you can eat buffet, has been ranking world top on google and yahoo for years, pls. click for full text. 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.
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||
Shangri La's Far Eastern
1F / Taipei
|(漢來海港)Grand Hi-Lai / 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)/ 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
class and fresh, lots of Sashimi
raw fish slices served , various and fresh
seafood in mini-bar refrigerator, but
(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
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||
fresh, advice starting from seafood;|
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
4 kinds of fresh crabs,
Assorted Sashimi(綜合生魚片)、smoked shark
angle red shrimps、epicure beef steak,
bee-nested cake(黑糖蜂巢蛋糕) good;|
Sashimi fresh, 3 kinds of crabs
flagship food is seafood:
Spanner Crab、Mangrove 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-
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
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 s;
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)
|How to eat
1.Focus on seafood and roast beef/steak
see full text
★ 5. Fast foods/burgers in Taiwan
◆ US Wendy's already pull back from Taiwan market, McDonald's already announced withdrawing in the near future, You can have some others - Western business, e.g., Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, 7-Eleven, StarBucks, Subway, etc, and Japanese MOS Hamburger (摩斯), Family Mart, etc。 click for Controversy of McDonald's in Asia .
◆ As for Taiwanese-Brand hamburgers, pls. ref. to the Liberty Times - Weekend Life(9-12-2015) :"You must have a bite - A List of Super Evil Delicious Hamburgers (超邪惡美味漢堡 - 必咬名店大公開)"。
Must eat in Northern Taiwan:
PS1: best rankings on Google, Yahoo, etc.
Ranking No.2 on Yahoo by
Ranking No.2 on Yahoo by
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