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 Bloomberg, 2021-4-16: Total arrivals last year crashed 88%... life isn’t quite normal. For example, at the Ningxia Night Market in Taipei, masks and plastic screens are among the precautions used to prevent the virus from spreading. With a lack of foreign tourists, Shilin’s market has been shifting its focus to the 100,000-plus students who study nearby.  brief from: bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-04-15/in-taiwan-s-night-markets-locals-sip-bubble-tea-and-wait-for-tourists    Apple Daily, 2021-3-12: Shi-lin night market "miserable street scene" , more bosses than customers, “expensive”, "smoke smells", "too homogeneous & unattractive", "delivery platforms are emerging", "no foreign tourists"... most ever stores closed in recent 30 yrs   Apple Daily editorial, 1-5-2021:  chaos !  Taiwanese people lost confidence in gov. pork control strategy.  famous shop "Formosa Chang" was questioned too.  AP 11-23-2020: Taiwanese business may not be ethical ... mix the U.S. pork ( Ractopamine pork banned by 150+ countries ) with Taiwan pork   Yahoo News, 12-16-2020: Singapore’s hawker culture was officially approved  (Dec.16, 2020) to be inscribed into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  But Taiwan's night market hawker culture was not selected     China Times 7-15-2020,  till now the govt. only work on night market's toilet room, the rest is far behind the standard int'l metro's needs...    Taipei mayor Ko: Our night markets and markets are too dirty !   The best-known expert in toxic study, professor Yen: Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !
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 ●   UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage  /    https://ich.unesco.org/en/lists
Unlike Singapore's hawker culture, Taiwan's night market culture was not selected

ranks

Asian country heritage items selected
1 China 40
2 Korea 24
3 Japan 20
4 Mongolia 15
5 India 13
6 Indonesia 10
7 Saudi Arabia 8
8 Cambodia 5
9 Philippines 4
10 Qatar 3
10 Malaysia 3
10 Pakistan 3
13  Thai 2
14 Singapore 1
14 Sri Lanka 1
14 Vietnam 1
14 UAE 1

18~3X

Myanmar, Laos, Nepal 0
Taiwan 0
 

 sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-hawker-culture-gets-nod-included-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-list-140941296.html  12-16-2020: Singapore’s hawker culture was officially approved on Wednesday (16 December) to be inscribed into UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.  The biggest thanks must go to the generations of hawkers for nourishing a nation’s stomach and spirits.   Taiwanese like its night market culture, but was not selected.

 

 

33 new-winning street food, Michelin 2020
The MICHELIN Plate, Bib Gourmand,   8-24-2020

 

name signature food address title
Da Qiao Tou Tube Rice Pudding The steamed sticky rice is chewy but never mushy. Choose lean or fatty pork and drizzle with homemade sauce. 41, Section 3, Yanping North Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand
Liu Yu Zi Plain taro balls boast creamy mashed taro; those with salted egg yolk and pork floss have extra flavour.  Ningxia Road, Taipei, 110, Taiwan  Bib Gourmand
Fang Chia Shredded Chicken on the Rice The chicken rice is irresistibly aromatic while the tofu in a spiced marinade is velvety beyond imagination.  
  • 44-2 Ningxia Road, Taipei, 110, Taiwan  

 

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Yuan Huan Pien Oyster Egg Omelette, asty omelettes, with oysters from Tainan drizzled in homemade sweet hot sauce, since 1965., 46 Ningxia Road, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate
Beef Noodles and Beef Entrails Soup,  Beef offal soup and dry noodles with meat sauce are both good. 63 Raohe Street, Taipei, Bib Gourmand:
Rong's Pork Liver Crunchy liver slices in a rich broth are never grainy. Don’t miss the pork zongzi with sweet hot sauce. 68 Ningxia Road, Taipei,  Bib Gourmand

Cabbage Rice and Pork Rib Soup

Simple but addictive, cabbage rice and clear pork rib radish soup are the comfort food everyone craves Lane 17, Section 3, Yanping North Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand
Shih Chia Big Rice Ball Its gooey glutinous rice balls with juicy pork filling have been hugely popular with locals since the 1960s.

58, Section 3, Yanping North Road, Taipei, 

 

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Lo Chi Hsiao Chao

Tucked away but worth seeking out. The menu is small, with fried lamb, beef or clams the highlights. 27, Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Yu Pin Yuan Iced and Hot Tangyuan

 Hot sesame or peanut dumplings on shaved ice drizzled with osmanthus syrup create interesting contrasts. 31, Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Taipei, Bib Gourmand

Liang Chi Lu Wei

This busy stall boasts 20+ types of marinated food such as dried tofu, chicken offal, kelp and duck wings. Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Golden Fried Chicken

Both chicken and tempura are fried-to-order, but the piping hot and perfectly fried items are worth the wait 35, Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Taipei, The MICHELIN Plate

A Nan Sesame Oil Chicken

It serves revitalising sesame oil chicken soup all year round. Come early as chicken legs often run out by 7 pm 34, Lane 311, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Taipei,  The MICHELIN Plate

Wu Wang Tsai Chi

Rechristened and moved into an alley, but expect the same tasty popiah roll with 10 different fillings that are packed with layered flavours 29, Lane 313, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Unnamed Clay Oven Roll

This push cart near the end of the market always attracts a queue. Try their sweet pastry and long shaobing Lane 311, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Taipei, Bib Gourmand

Corn House Grilled Corn

 

Sweet corn from Yunlin city is grilled and coated in spice mix – choose between original, cumin or fiery hot Lane 311, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate

Shan-Nei Chicken

Good-value steamed chicken is feted for its springy skin and juicy flesh. Come before 8 pm for chicken legs 20-3, Lane 307, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate

Stinky Tofu Boss

Silky and porous, the vegan stinky tofu is steamed to order with mushrooms and basil adding extra aroma 6, Lane 313, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Chang Hung Noodles

For almost 50 years, regulars have been coming for its pork cheek noodle soup, boiled chicken and pork tail. 15 Huaxi Street, Taipei, 108 Bib Gourmand

Yuan Fang Guabao

 

A 60-year-old shop selling buns stuffed with marinated pork belly, pickles, ground peanuts and coriander 17-2 Huaxi Street, Taipei, Bib Gourmand

Wang's Broth

 

As well as minced pork and pickled cucumber in broth, try their steamed rice with ‘black gold’ pork sauce 17-4 Huaxi Street, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Lan Chia Guabao

 

Buns stuffed with ground peanuts, coriander, pickles and braised pork build layers of textures and flavours 3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Hsiung Chi Scallion Pancake

 

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, the pancake matches perfectly with the honey mustard and basil. 2, Lane 108, Section 4, Luosifu Road, Taipei,  Bib Gourmand

Beef Noodles and Beef Entrails Soup

Look for the comic cow head on the unnamed cart. Beef offal soup and dry noodles with meat sauce are both good 63 Raohe Street, Taipei,  Bib Gourmand

Tung Fa Hao

 

The second-generation owner makes tasty baby oyster vermicelli soup the same way as her father did when he started in 1937. 94 Raohe Street, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate

Mochi Baby

 

The transparent case houses gooey mocha – they’re freshly made every day and have a strong sticky rice fragrance. 111 Raohe Street, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate

Chen Tung Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup

Running for over 30 years, it’s famous for pork ribs stewed in herbal stock. Lamb is recommendated in winter 160 Raohe Street, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun

Freshly made crusty buns burst with pork juices and pepperiness. Expect a queue. 249 Raohe Street, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate

A Kuo Lu Wei

 

It sells a range of items braised in a spiced marinade. Try their duck wings, pork uterus and baby sweetcorn 226 Raohe Street, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Good Friend Cold Noodles

Noodles dressed in sesame sauce impart a hint of lemony fragrance, a perfect match for egg drop miso soup 31 Danan Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Chung Chia Sheng Jian Bao

This stall sells pan-fried buns with crispy bottoms and fluffy tops. Choose between cabbage and pork fillings 38 Xiaodong Street, Taipei Bib Gourmand

A Hui Vermicelli

 

This stall by the temple with no seating serves no-frills vermicelli soup with pork chitterlings or cuttlefish 52-1 Danan Road, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate

Hai Yu Pork Ribs

For over 40 years, a secret recipe has been used to make the tasty and healthy pork rib soup with over 15 herbs. 49 Dadong Road, Taipei Bib Gourmand

Jingmei Thick Rice Noodles

Noodles soak up the flavourful pork bone soup; deep-fried seafood trio with cucumber is another must-try 119 Jingmei Street, Taipei The MICHELIN Plate
 https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei-region/taipei/restaurant/fang-chia-shredded-chicken-on-the-rice

1. Street foods in Taiwan / night markets, street food, small-eats (cheap eats)

    
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Scientific Reports Journal, Food Navigator Asia, 2-9-2021: Fish fraud findings: Almost 20% of fish in Taiwan found to be mislabelled - study. https://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Article/2021/02/09/Fish-fraud-findings-Almost-20-of-fish-in-Taiwan-found-to-be-mislabelled-study  Nature,  12-15-2020: The rates and consequences of seafood substitution frauds in Taiwan were elusive.  Snapper, cod and surimi products are particularly vulnerable to fraudulent substitutions. The high abundance of Pseudomonas in tilapia sashimi mislabeled as snapper unveils a potential health issue pertaining to the consumption of raw mislabeled seafood.  modern seafood products often appear in the form of fish pieces, filets or even ready-to-eat meals instead of whole fishes. The food processing technologies can also change the original color and luster of the meat.  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-79070-y ●  Financial Times, 8-28-2020: Taiwan eventually eases restrictions on US pork and beef imports.  Must bear in mind you may eat beef and pork with controversial Ractopamine (banned by 150+ countries) from 2021 on, because the cost of local meat is much more expensive.  ●  CTS news, 10-26-2020: Due to CovID19 and lacking of int'l tourists, about 300 stalls in Shilin Night Market were closed ●   China Times 7-15-2020, former transportation govt. minister 陳建宇 : Recreating a new tourists-friendly environment is starting from tourist night market, till now the govt. only work on night market's toilet room, the rest is far behind the standard int'l metro's needs...     ●  Taipei mayor Ko: Our night markets and markets are too dirty !  United Daily 1-20-2020: Ko wants them to be cleaner, and the food safety standard should be upgraded.     Liberty Times (自由時報) 1-6-2019 :  Taipei City Hall's "Model Night Markets" project, aims at " Japanese tourists are willing to sit down to eat "however, quite many stalls of Nin-Xia night market, an used to be highly cooperative tourists site, opposed, in that elevating the hygienic level and class increases their running costs (new tables & seats, tableware, etc) and might loses their characteristics, and  human touch ... ●  Chang Gung Mem. Hospital Toxicology expert professor   Yen Tzung-Hai M.D. (顏宗海, 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)) 
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Michelin Guide Taipei announced at 4-10-2019 starred restaurants of Taipei Taiwan.   Unlike other Asian street food stalls earning some Michelin stars (e.g., Singapore's Liao Fan soya sauce chicken rice & noodle, Hong Kong's Mammy Pancake and Thailand Bangkok's Jay Fai's wok-fired dishes), there's no any Taiwanese local specialty  (night market cheap eats, street food)  won any starred title.   Furthermore,  even Michelin 3 star winner Le Palais Hotel was found snacks containing Hydrogen peroxide (過氧化氫) and Benzoic acid (苯甲酸),   many tourism hotels / 5 star hotels were found food hygiene not up to standard, e.g.,  5 star hotels used expired no-good ingredients, such as HsinChu and Taipei's Ambassador Hotel,  The Grand Hotel, Regent Formosa, and so on, reported by CTV evening news, BCC , LTN (12-19-2019) https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/3014179 , therefore it's within reason for us to suspect food-safety of night market's cheap eats  WEF <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows Taiwan had the sub-region's largest decline in competitiveness,  Taiwan ranks 10th in Asia, Taiwan's prioritization of travel & tourism ranks world No.75 ...  travel & tourism  New !

 

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     ●   Michelin  Guide Taipei Bib Gourmand newly included night market signature hawkers, stalls, and their street foods;  4-3-2019

 

  "good value" food, NT30 ~ NT1300 (avg. 1000)

night market

signature hawkers

known for

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newly included in 2019      https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei/news-and-views/michelin-guide-taipei-2019-bib-gourmand-selection-street-foods/news

Gongguan Night Market
(公館夜市)

Hsiung Chi Scallion Pancake
(「雄記蔥抓餅」)

Scallion Pancake

seem to be a never-ending queue

 Lan Chia GuaBao (「藍家割包」)

soft buns stuffed with braised pork, ground peanut, coriander and pickles

Diners can decide preferred amount of fat in the slab of pork

 Yansan Night Market
(延三夜市)

no shop sign (捷運大橋頭站附近)

Cabbage Rice and Pork Rib Soup

soup sweet and beautiful

Da-Qiao-Tou Tube Rice Pudding
 (「大橋頭老牌筒仔米糕」)

Rice Pudding

50 yrs brand; sticky rice, lean or fatty pork, homemade sauce

Shih Chia Big Rice Ball
(「施家鮮肉湯圓」)

Big Rice Ball

glutinous rice balls with juicy pork fillings; since 1964

Huaxi Street Night Market
(華西街夜市)

Hsiao Wang Steamed Minced Pork with Pickles in Broth
(「小王清湯瓜仔肉」)

minced pork with pickled cucumbers
“black gold” pork rice

black pepper's special flavor matches well with the clear broth

Nanjichang Night Market
(南機場夜市)

Sung Ching Taiwanese Burrito
(「松青潤餅」)

 Taiwanese Burrito

popiah roll containing 10+ fillings ( bean sprouts, shredded carrots, radish, fried pork ) delivers sophisticated textures and flavors

Unnamed Oven Clay Roll stall
(「無名推車燒餅」)

sweet pastry(甜酥餅)、
savoury pastry or long shaobing (長燒餅、鹹酥餅)

best-loved items

Raohe Night Market
(饒河夜市)

A Kuo Lu Wei
(「阿國滷味」)

 Duck wings, pork uterus and baby sweet-corn are recommended.

deep flavor、various items (marinated meat, offal and bean-curd)

no shop sign
(a bull-head cartoon on its stall
)

Beef Noodles and Beef Entrails Soup.
(「紅燒牛肉麵牛雜湯」)

must-eats : assorted side dishes and dried noodles

Ningxia Night Market
(寧夏夜市)

Fang Chia Shredded Chicken With Rice
(「方家雞肉飯」)

A simple bowl of shredded chicken + rice (雞肉飯),
 a velvety tofu in marinade (滷豆腐)

warm your stomach & heart

Shilin Night Market
(士林夜市)

Chung Chia Sheng Jian Bao
(「鍾家原上海生煎包」)

buns (生煎包)

 fillings: cabbage or pork , crispy bottoms

Good Friend Cold Noodles
(「好朋友涼麵」)

Cold Noodles

 famous, fragrant sesame sauce

Linjiang Street Night Market (臨江街夜市)

Tien Hsiang Stinky Tofu
(「天香臭豆腐」)

Stinky Tofu

juicy, aroma

Yu Pin Yuan Iced and Hot Tangyuan
(「御品元冰火湯圓」)

 tangyuan (湯圓)

hot sweet glutinous rice dumplings on shaved ice,
 an interesting contrast in one's palate

 

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night markets hawkers selected in 2018 and 2019
饒河夜市:  陳董藥燉排骨 (Chen Dong Pork Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs) 910 901 933 160, Rao-he St.  (Raohe St. Night Market 慈祐宮前八德路旁, 饒河街160號路邊攤) stewed with lots rack of pork-ribs and medicinal herbs
饒河夜市:福州世祖胡椒餅(FuZhou Black Pepper bun)Pepper cakes/Hujiao bing / wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets  2311 5098 Rao-he St. Night Market (饒河夜市) cook for immediate consumption, paper-thin wrappings, crispy & good-smell, rich hot broth with spicy pepper flavour (「現做現賣,皮薄香脆,餡料肉汁淋漓且充滿辛香胡椒味)
南機場夜市:臭老闆臭豆腐(Stinky Tofu Boss) 2305 2078 6, Ln.313, sec.2, Zhong-hua Rd. (中華路二段313巷6號) Chou doufu / stinky tofu : cook for immediate consumption, no milk-products added, good for Vegetarian
南機場夜市:阿男麻油雞( A Nan sesame Chicken) 0955-572-506 Ln.313, sec.2, Zhong-hua Rd..(中華路二段311巷)   health preserving sesame oil chicken soup (not very greasy) for all four seasons (四季合宜的養生麻油)
寧夏夜市: 豬肝榮仔(Rong's Pork Liver) 2553-9710 / 0935-937-231 68 Nin-Xia Rd. (Nin-Xia night market, 寧夏路68號前) Pig liver and pig bag only (只賣豬肝湯和豬肚湯,湯底肉香味濃,豬肝熟度完美,豬肚軟腍入味,配以香辛薑絲)
 寧夏夜市: 劉芋仔 (Liu Yu Zi Taiwan's taro - similar to sweet potato) 0920 091 595 34-4, Nin-Xia Rd.  (寧夏路34之4號, 蓬萊國小旁 Nin-Xia night market, )  
the reason of  being selected is its  fresh ingredients, and cook for immediate consumption.  chef specials are chicken-egg taro balls, taro pie (
蛋黃芋餅、香酥芋丸 )
 臨江街夜市:梁記滷味 ( Liang Ji Lou Wei) 2738-5052  83 Lin-Jiang Str (Nin-Jian night market , 臨江街83號)  Braised food/snacks : crispy duck intestines taste best
 臨江街夜市:駱記小炒(Lou Ji Xiao Chao) 2708 1027 27, alley 50, Lane 39, Tong-Hua Str. (通化街39巷50弄27號Nin-Jian night market ) all stir fried dishes (beef, snail, etc) are its signature
Hi-Yu Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(士林夜市: 海友十全排骨) 2888 1959  49, Da-Dong Rd. (大東路49, Shilin night market  Ribs stewed in 15 different kinds of secret-recipe medicinal herbs (15種以上的中藥秘方烹調出美味養生的藥膳排骨湯)
ps: Shi Boss Spicy Tofu in Rao-he St. Night Market  is the only one hawker no long in the 2019's list
ps: some info. from Apple Daily headlines, UDN, 3-7-2018 ; https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei

   

    ●   Michelin Guide Taipei Plate  , 4-10-2019

  night market / street food  (夜市 街頭小吃)

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圓環邊蚵仔煎-寧夏夜市

(Yuan Huan Pien Oyster Egg Omelette)

Tel.+886 2 2558 0198

 46 Ningxia Road

創立於1965年,蚵仔煎選用每天從臺南直送的蚵仔,特調醬汁十分惹味。蒸米糕也值得一試。  Has been making its tasty omelettes, with oysters from Tainan drizzled in homemade sweet hot sauce, since 1965.
山內雞肉-南機場夜市

(Shan-Nei Chicken)

+886 2 2305 010020-3, Lane 307, Section 2, Zhonghua Road 皮爽肉嫰,份量頗多,十分超值。關門時間不定,若要點選雞腿,建議八時前到達 Good-value steamed chicken is feted for its springy skin and juicy flesh. Come before 8 pm for chicken legs.
 玉米家烤玉米-南機場夜市

(Corn House Grilled Corn)

Tel.+886 931 504 865   Lane 311, Section 2, Zhonghua Road 選用雲林小農生產的玉米,配以店家調配的粉料烤製,有原味、新孜然及地獄勁辣三種口味。 Sweet corn from Yunlin city is grilled and coated in spice mix - choose between original, cumin or fiery hot.
阿輝麵線-士林廟口

(A Hui Vermicelli)

士林廟口 攤子臨近廟口,不設座位。麵線帶蔬菜甜味,實而不華,設兩種份量,也可加配花枝或大腸。 This stall by the temple with no seating serves no-frills vermicelli soup with pork chitterlings or cuttlefish
   斌大腸包小腸-正宗士林創始店

 (Pin Taiwanese Sausage with Sticky Rice)

84 Danan Road, Shilin 店主在電轉爐前應接不暇,全因其帶蒜香的香腸和軟綿綿的糯米包極受歡迎,更備有十多款醬汁。 There's always a queue for their garlic sausage in fluffy, sticky rice. Jazz it up with one of the sauces.
景美米粉湯-景美夜市

(Jingmei Thick Rice Noodles)

119, Jingmei Street 粗米粉吸盡大骨精華,滑嫩而不軟爛。炸三鮮外酥內嫩, 搭配脆口的醃黃瓜,不容錯過 Noodles soak up the flavourful pork bone soup; deep-fried seafood trio with cucumber is another must-try
鵝媽媽鵝肉切仔麵-景美夜市

(Mother Goose Noodles)

37-3, Jingmei Street 招牌鵝肉肉質柔嫩,白切的清甜,煙燻的香氣濃郁。另有鴨肉與鴨肉麵類可供選擇 Steamed or smoked, the goose is always juicy and velvety. The offal and duck noodles also stand out
 格登炸雞-通化夜市

( Golden Fried Chicken)

 35, Alley 50, Lane 39, Tonghua Street, Da’an,   Tel.+886 983 186 080 必點招牌炸雞和甜不辣外脆內軟,老闆堅持現點現炸,故製作需時;建議趁熱食用。 Both chicken and tempura are fried-to-order, but the piping hot and perfectly fried items are worth the wait.
東發號油飯麵線-饒河街夜市

(Tung Fa Hao)

Tel.+886 2 2769 5739 94 Raohe Street 顏老先生於1937年創立,繼承的女兒繼續以清湯烹煮蚵仔麵線,成品鮮甜甘美。 The second-generation owner makes tasty baby oyster vermicelli soup the same way as her father did when he started in 1937
麻糬寶寶-饒河街夜市

(Mochi Baby )

111, Raohe Street 透明廚櫃在此經營十多年,所賣的小麻糬每天鮮做,口感軟糯且帶糯米香 The transparent case houses chewy mocha - they're freshly made every day and have a strong sticky rice fragrance.
ps: 小王清湯瓜仔肉-華西街夜市

 


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  Liberty Times (自由時報) 1-6-2019 :  Taipei City Hall's "Model Night Markets" project, aims at " Japanese tourists are willing to sit down to eat "however, quite many stalls of Nin-Xia night market, an used to be highly cooperative tourists site, opposed, in that elevating the hygienic level and class increases their running costs (new tables & seats, tableware, etc) and might loses their characteristics, and so-called human touch ...

 

   

    

   Michelin Taipei 2018

     ●  Michelin Guide Taipei announced at 3-14-2018 starred restaurants of Taipei Taiwan.   Unlike other Asian street food stalls earning some Michelin stars (e.g., Singapore's Liao Fan soya sauce chicken rice & noodle, Hong Kong's Mammy Pancake and Thailand Bangkok's Jay Fai's wok-fired dishes), there's no any Taiwanese local specialty  (night market cheap eats, street food)  won any starred title.   Besides, Liao Fan was just a stall in Singapore, was upgraded to a restaurant in Taipei's prime and expensive location, still failed to win any title in Michelin Guide Taipei, including Bib Gourmand, and Plate (L'Assiette Michelin).    Further info. about Taiwan's night market street food in Michelin non-starred list is in the next web-page.

Bloomberg 3-15-2018 : Taiwan ranks about the last in number of  Michelin 3-Stars among  Asian cities; Taiwan's night market street food fails to win any Michelin star, but Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand did.

tbl.: Total number of Michelin Stars comparison among Chinese-world cities

Michelin Guide 2018

3 star

2 star

1 star

num. of stars (星數)

Hong Kong, Macau  (港澳) 8 16 57 81
Singapore (新加坡) jun'17 1 7 30 38
Shanghai (上海) sept'17 2 6 22 30
Taipei  (台北) 1 2 17 20

    

  1. Michelin  Bib Gourmand, street food,  3-6-2018 

 Michelin Taipei - "good value" street food, NT30 ~ NT1300 (avg. 1000)

shop

tel

address

remarks

night markets
饒河夜市:  陳董藥燉排骨 (Chen Dong Pork Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs) 910 901 933 160, Rao-he St.  (Raohe St. Night Market 慈祐宮前八德路旁, 饒河街160號路邊攤) stewed with lots rack of pork-ribs and medicinal herbs
饒河夜市:福州世祖胡椒餅(FuZhou Black Pepper bun)Pepper cakes/Hujiao bing / wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets  2311 5098 Rao-he St. Night Market (饒河夜市) cook for immediate consumption, paper-thin wrappings, crispy & good-smell, rich hot broth with spicy pepper flavour (「現做現賣,皮薄香脆,餡料肉汁淋漓且充滿辛香胡椒味)
饒河夜市, 施老闆麻辣臭豆腐(Shi Boss Spicy Tofu) 910 163 404 191, Rao-he St.  (Raohe St. Night Market 饒河街191號) Chou doufu / stinky tofu : hot spicy  stinky tofu soup, tender duck blood, pickled cabbage & deep-fried stinky tofu (麻辣臭豆腐湯加嫩滑鴨血必點,配以醃白菜的炸臭豆腐)
南機場夜市:臭老闆臭豆腐(Stinky Tofu Boss) 2305 2078 6, Ln.313, sec.2, Zhong-hua Rd. (中華路二段313巷6號) Chou doufu / stinky tofu : cook for immediate consumption, no milk-products added, good for Vegetarian
南機場夜市:阿男麻油雞( A Nan sesame Chicken) 0955-572-506 Ln.313, sec.2, Zhong-hua Rd..(中華路二段311巷)   health preserving sesame oil chicken soup (not very greasy) for all four seasons (四季合宜的養生麻油)
寧夏夜市: 豬肝榮仔(Rong's Pork Liver) 2553-9710 / 0935-937-231 68 Nin-Xia Rd. (Nin-Xia night market, 寧夏路68號前) Pig liver and pig bag only (只賣豬肝湯和豬肚湯,湯底肉香味濃,豬肝熟度完美,豬肚軟腍入味,配以香辛薑絲)
 寧夏夜市: 劉芋仔 (Liu Yu Zi Taiwan's taro - similar to sweet potato) 0920 091 595 34-4, Nin-Xia Rd.  (寧夏路34之4號, 蓬萊國小旁 Nin-Xia night market, )  
the reason of  being selected is its  fresh ingredients, and cook for immediate consumption.  chef specials are chicken-egg taro balls, taro pie (
蛋黃芋餅、香酥芋丸 )
 臨江街夜市:梁記滷味 ( Liang Ji Lou Wei) 2738-5052  83 Lin-Jiang Str (Nin-Jian night market , 臨江街83號)  Braised food/snacks : crispy duck intestines taste best
 臨江街夜市:駱記小炒(Lou Ji Xiao Chao) 2708 1027 27, alley 50, Lane 39, Tong-Hua Str. (通化街39巷50弄27號Nin-Jian night market ) all stir fried dishes (beef, snail, etc) are its signature
Hi-Yu Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(士林夜市: 海友十全排骨) 2888 1959  49, Da-Dong Rd. (大東路49, Shilin night market  Ribs stewed in 15 different kinds of secret-recipe medicinal herbs (15種以上的中藥秘方烹調出美味養生的藥膳排骨湯)
 
ps: some info. from Apple Daily headlines, UDN, 3-7-2018 ; https://guide.michelin.com/tw/en/taipei
 

2 Michelin Plate (L'Assiette Michelin), 6/70 are street food  , 3-14-2018

 

  Michelin Plate - street food  3-14-2018

stall/shop name

tel

location

specialty

夜市
 東發號 2769 5739; no 94, Rao-he St. Rao-he St. Night Market(饒河夜市) Oyster vermicelli / Oa misua (蚵仔麵線),

avg. consumption NTD60;
since 1937, soup made by big bones, not sticky

 麻糬寶寶 2311 5098; no 111~105, Rao-he St. Rao-he St. Night Market(饒河夜市) soft-rice pie (麻糬) using local rice and rice imported from Thailand, avg. consumption NTD30
 圓環邊 2558 0198; 46 Nin-Xia Rd Nin-Xia night market(寧夏夜市) Oyster omeletteoyster soup (蚵仔湯), etc,  avg.  NTD65;
since 1965, made by oyster delivered from Tai-nan daily.  ps: 3-10-'18 6:30pm
, both this shop and Lai-zi (賴記蚵仔煎) have long queue, but Michelin does not select Lai-Zi
 斌 大腸包小腸 0910-396195; 84 Da-Nan Rd Shi-lin night market(士林夜市) Da chang bao xiao chang / big sausage wrapped around small sausage (大腸包小腸), avg.  NTD55;

10+ similar stalls in the market, but this stall got long queue.

 阿輝麵線 0952-672655; 67 Da-Nan Rd Shi-lin night market(士林夜市)  Oyster vermicelli / Oa misua (蚵仔麵線), avg.  NTD25;

To keep low price, they replace oyster by squid...

 山內雞肉 2305 0010; 20, ln307 sec2, ChingHua Rd Southern Airport night market (南機場夜市) chicken meat, avg.  NTD70;
good value.
ps: Michelin Plate's full list pls. ref. to Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 3-15-2018 ; ps2: Michelin Plate is not an award, it helps foodies' to expand quality-food restaurants choices.  ps3:  ref to UDN 4-2-2018

ps.  New York Times, 2017 introduced Taiwan's stinky tofu : 戴記獨臭之家;  Michelin (2018) introduced Shi Boss Spicy Tofu and Stinky Tofu Boss.
     
United Daily News (聯合報, UDN) at 9-27-2018 introduced Taiwan's popular stinky tofu : TaiChung's 花蓮瑞穗臭豆腐 (Got highest score on Google),  HuaLien (花蓮)'s玉里橋頭臭豆腐TaiTung's 林家臭豆腐 (excellent scores on Google) , Taoyuan's 簡師傅臭豆腐Kaohsiung's 江豪記臭豆腐Eelan's 宜蘭財記臭豆腐 were also included...

 

 

 

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●  comparison of 5 remarkable night markets          <The Liberty Times, 自由時報>, 1-27-2019

 night markets

remark

attractions

 small eats

Southern Airport night market (南機場夜市) most economic best CP (cost-performance ratio), Pork Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(藥燉排骨) NTD75, deep-fried chicken cutlet (雞排) NTD45, stinky tofu (臭豆腐) NTD40 deep-fried chicken cutlet (雞排)、deep fried stinky tofu (炸臭豆腐)、steamed stinky tofu (蒸臭豆腐)、steamed dumplings (知名水餃)
Shi-Lin night market (士林夜市) most diversified in addition to street foods, there're hats, apparels, shoes, purses, toys, accessories, 3C, ... but small-eats are not cheap, one piece of deep-fried chicken cutlet wants NTD70 (USD2+), fruit shops are notorious for ripping tourists off , apparels are various and cheap, about same as whole-sale market "五分埔" Fried Cuttlefish Soup / sautéed octopus/ stir fried octopus, squids (生炒花枝)、small bun wrapped in large bun(大餅包小餅)、Taiwan sausage with sticky rice (Da chang bao xiao chang大腸包小腸)、large deep-fried chicken cutlet (大雞排)、avg. price steak (平價牛排)、large sausage (士林大香腸)
Nin-Xia night market (寧夏夜市) a great variety up to 800 different kinds of cheap eats, by different ways, grilled,  deep fried, steamed, cooked, pan fried ... Oyster Omelette (蚵仔煎)、Braised pork rice (滷肉飯)、pork liver soup(豬肝湯)、deep fried egg-yolk taro cake(蛋黃芋餅)、old fashion tofu pudding(古早味豆花)、麻油雞、Pork Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(藥燉排骨)、g ko pork with rice (知高飯)、pork blood cake (豬血糕)
Hua-Xi street night market (華西街夜市) unique snake soup is widely known snake and fresh-water turtle cuisine (蛇鱉料理); Bangka night market is nearby (龍山寺艋舺夜市), their prices are in middle range
Raohe St. Night Market (饒河街夜市) convenient transportation near SongShan railway station, and high-way Black Pepper bun(胡椒餅) NTD50 not cheap、seafood soup(海鮮羹)、藥燉排骨; cheap steaks adding eggs and noodles (夜市牛排加蛋麵) about NTD100+ makes you full, filet mignon tenderloin steak (菲力牛排) tastes good for NT290~390
ref to LTN (自由時報), 1-27-2019


    

     ●  Jiang So-San M.D. (江守山, 12-2018, <早安健康 - 名醫餐桌> ) : 「Food safety issue matters !」"generally speaking, what we eat nowadays are "very dirty".   Minimize the times of eating/dining out to control poison exposure to be within a margin of safety (控制毒物暴露量在一定程度之內),Taiwan ranks world No.1 in usage of pesticides per unit of land area (單位土地面積使用農藥),according to a study by National Yang-Ming University, 98% of urine samples randomly chosen from kids in Taipei, Taiwan, contain pesticide,  the Plasticizer of dust in our houses as well as pregnant women's urine both rank world No.1.   Besides, there're really too much addictives inside our food  More than most of Taiwan's restaurants currently use artificial chemical soy sauce(化學水解醬油)which inevitably produces chemical 3-MCPD (單氯丙二醇) and may results in tongue cancer, kidney cancer, lliver cancer,  we all ate them too much already !   Taiwanese over-value economic price, therefore we got too many terrible stuffs in home or in our body.

 

     ●  Chang Gung Mem. Hospital Toxicology expert professor   Yen Tzung-Hai M.D. (顏宗海, 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)) 

 

     ●  The China Times, 10-20-2018  opinion (editorial)   https://opinion.chinatimes.com/20181019003889-262101 :

Taiwan's food safety failed again and again,  Dioxin, Fipronil poison-eggs in last year, Nicarbazin illegal drug residue event in this year.  Europe was very cautious about Fipronil event, in contrast, Taiwan did nothing about it.   Even worse, Taiwan officials hide Nicarbazin issue from Taiwanese people to baby related business indulge business to retrieve problematic eggs and then resell them as promotion goods..

Why do high-ranking officials always fudge Taiwanese people's only, and humblest request ??   (brief)

     ●   The China Times (中國時報), 2-28-2019,  opinion (editorial) questions Taiwan officials are trying very hard to hide the epidemic state of Marek's virus in chicken eggs ...

     ●   The Apple Daily (蘋果日報), 2-22-2019:  Food safety is still Taiwanese most concern issue since Melamine event of 2008,  Fipronil residue in eggs and pesticide residue in vegetables recently drew attentions again. (brief) / by legislator & National Taiwan Univ. professor Wu (吳焜裕)

 

 

    ●  CNN,  12-11-2020 :Today, what was once a roadside stall is now a burgeoning empire, whose growing fame on the Taiwan food scene owes far more to its delicious specialty than it does its brush with international fame ...

Tainan is known as the epicenter of Taiwanese street food culture, but turkey rice is a bit of an anomaly there. The dish actually hails from Chiayi ... they were recruited into their third location, a stall at the food court in Taipei 101 -- the tallest building on the island. There's a proud CNN logo on their signage ... In Taiwan, there's prestige attached to being mentioned by international media.   edition.cnn.com/travel/article/taiwan-turkey-rice-rou-bo/index.html  

               The secret of gua bao: The Taiwanese street food ... "With the perfect gua bao, everything dissolves, the softness of the braised pork belly is only met with a slight texture of the fermented mustard greens and peanut powder. Sweet and savory with a sourness from the pickle in one go."  (  edition.cnn.com/travel/article/gua-bao-taiwan/index.html)


      CBS,  12-9-2020 :  The diverse selection of sweet and savory items can be found throughout different parts of Taiwan, ...There is “something for everyone’s price range,” ; ...   Like any metropolis, the food in Taipei is just better. core Taiwanese dishes like lu rou fan, shabu shabu, beef noodle soup, Taiwanese breakfast, and more.   https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/12/09/explore-taiwans-food-scene-with-hailey-and-adam/   video;  https://www.willflyforfood.net/taipei-food-13-must-eat-restaurants-night-markets-in-taipei-taiwan/

 

 

     ●  BBC (UK), Dec. 12, 2018: New York is the city never sleeps, Taiwan must be the island never gets full -  there's a fourth and final meal (Xiaoye) in Taiwan... loud messy night life has stinky tofu (Li Zhang Bo, NingXia night market), oyster pancakes, blow-torched steak, honey sweet pearl milk tea, comically fat pork sausages ...  

 

     ●  New York Times 2-24-2017:   Taipei ... has a street food scene as vibrant as that of Bangkok; restaurants that specialize in both Taiwanese and regional cuisines from around China; thousands of cheap and cheerful joints at which to drink cold beer with small plates and quick stir-fries; ....  ref to https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/travel/taipei-taiwan-restaurants-local.html
    
●  SETV news, 3-23-2018: About half number of stalls in Liu-Ho night market, once Taiwan's No.1 popular "charming" night market aged 60, was closed, for lacking of Chinese tourists, being a greedy market ripping tourists off (the other two are Shi-Lin and Keng-Tin night market),  and being highly homogenous (all about the same).

    

  Taiwan,  a ripping-tourists-off paradise

Shi-lin night market

Shi-Mun Din (西門町)

Keng-Tin (墾丁大街)

 

Taiwan tour & travel

 

 

 

pic.: Apple Daily headline news 4-8-2018: Taiwan became a ripping-tourists-off paradise, scholars criticized
Taiwan government kept blind eyes and did nothing about this. 
ps: CTS 4-11-2018: Keng-Tin's ripping tourists off already seriously damaged Taiwan image. 

 

United Daily 10-24-2019: some of the night markets or street food stalls in Taipei do not provide tourists or customers
with price-list menu, or their menu is not clear enough, now Taipei gov. is trying to do something for this ...

 

 

 

蘋果日報 (Apple Daily), 12-9-2018:

ripping-off controversies

what's about

 Dec., 2018 / Yi-Lan City, LuoDong night market (宜蘭羅東夜市)
(was blamed as 2nd Keng-Tin)
crispy spare-ribs (排骨酥), NTD 60 for only 4 pieces
Dec., 2018 / Rei-Feng night market, Kao-hsiung (高雄瑞豐夜市) water-boiled corns, NTD 220 for 4 pieces, was scolded if chose leaving
April, 2018 / Shi-Lin or Shih-Lin night market, Taipei (士林夜市) fresh-cut fruits , NTD 30 for 100g ,
NT1500 for
7 bags  (Korean tourist complained)
April, 2018 / Keng-Tin night market, Kao-hsiung  (墾丁夜市) both look alike,
minced pork on noodles (
肉燥乾麵) NT180,
 3-colored plain noodles (
三色拌麵) NT220
Dec. , 2017 / Keng-Tin night market, Kao-hsiung  (墾丁夜市) <吳師傅魯味> - braised flavour (滷味2盤) 2 plates NTD1845
Jan., 2017 / Kao-hsiung City,  Liu-Ho night market (六和夜市) stir fried La's Jargon (炒烏魚膘) NT1680,
price down to NTD840 after reporting to the police

 

ps: Consumer Ombudsman Officer (消保官) advises asking price and quantity in advance for self- protection

ps2: apple daily 2-22-2019: Taipei City Gov. gave 147 penalty-fine tickets to Shih-Lin night market

 

 

 

 

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       All night-market districts across Taiwan have safety problem similar to the 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 T.H. Yen M.D. : "Minimize the times of dining out to protect your health !".   Apple Daily, 11-20-2017 : Almost all world countries are more and more strict with food safety, only Taiwan is more and more relaxed in legislating for food safety.   In this way, how can Taiwan have a reputation on "fine food kingdom" ?  (breif)  /  by 邱致穎, chair, and teacher of food science, TungHai University
    

       United Daily, 10-20-2017:  Taiwan tourism needs new positioning and image, ads on street food and night markets are no longer good enough ;  CTN head page 10-22-2017: Gov. gave wrong solution to save tourism, Thailand's night market was ahead of Taiwan's long time ago.

       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 Liberty Times (10-22-2015):   Legislator criticized Taiwan's tourism ads. flattering & focusing on "small eat" (street foods), but those small eats in each night markets are highly homogenous (all about the same), and lack of "culture"
    
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.

      

      In UK's Economist Intelligence Unit - Global Food Security Index ( Sept., 2017), Taiwan is not included , China's score of 2017 is 63.7, ranks 45th among 113 nations ( Singapore 4, Japan 18, Korea 24, Ireland 1, US 2, UK 3,);  In EIU 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".     The Economist (11-29-2014) analyzed Taiwanese black-heart foods caused ruling party "has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats" since 1949,  "The failure of Mr Ma’s government to prevent a series of food scandals has also upset many"The New York times (9.8.2014): The 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 local consumers in Taiwan".   BBC (11-19-2013): Consumers in Taiwan have been shocked by a series of food safety scandals.

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Discovery (USA) called oyster omelette as  "Taiwanese Viagra".  Oyster omelet is best dish / most typical snack in Taiwan.
Taiwanese government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) announced via Guardian (UK) and United Daily (Taiwan) in 2010 that Taiwan will spend NT1 billion dollars
 on promoting
"country brand" by popularizing typical foods, oyster omelet and stinky tofu...  
Although Bizarre Foods of Andrew Zimmern in
Nov. '15 mentioned Americans are afraid of street foods ...

Apple Daily's Next magazine (12-16-2015): gov. statistics - night market is No.1 attraction tourists visited. United Daily (10-31-2015):
"Many Chinese tourists, Small incomes ... they took lots of photo, spent little "

 

 

 

oyster omelet reported by Discovery USA

oyster omelet reported by CNN 7-24-2015

ShiLin night market's "Grandmom's family" (「阿婆之家」) oyster omelet was one of 2 stores earliest-selling oyster omelets in Taiwan.  "Loyalty" / "Zhong Cheng" (「忠誠號」) is another most famous Taiwanese oyster omelette in ShiLin night market.
The Liberty Times
(12-13-2015) also intro. oyster omelette : TaiChung ZhongXiao (忠孝) night market, 大胖蚵仔煎
ZhongHua night market, Chen - a 40 yrs old shop (陳四十年老店, 一段197號), Kasohsiung, a popular shop, Tsai (蔡家in軍校路54) etc.

 

pic.: BBC UK 12-12-2018:
 Taiwan's
loud messy

night life has

stinky tofu

 (Li Zhang Bo,

 NingXia night market) ...

 

 

Discovery (USA) visited and introduced "The Circle Side" ("圓環邊") oyster omelet (46 Nin-Xia Rd. Taipei). Michelin Plate at 3-14-2018 included this shop.

CNN  (July 24, 2015) ranked

 "Lai Ji" oyster omelet as No.3

 among "40 Taiwanese foods

we can't live without" .

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.
 

 

 


 


best street food - braised pork rice in Taiwan

 

 

pic.:  CNN( 7-24-2015)"40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without" - 
ranking No.1 is Gin-Fon(金鋒)Braised pork rice,
which is next to Nan-Men Market (on Roosevelt Rd. - for honoring US former president);

 


NT50 for Large-sized , NT30 Small-sized. 
But, pls. note no braised egg (NT10) in CNN website's pic. (8-4-2015) included in the pork rice,
 

 

besides, according to United Daily (4-30-2011, 6-5-2014),
braised pork rice was selected as one of 10 unhealthy, dangerous Taiwanese foods
 in night market (see tbl. below),
however this never affects a long queue at front of Gin-Fon restaurant.

 

 

 

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CNN推薦台灣No.2的美食
 

 

 

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CNN(7-24-2015)recommands 40 Taiwanese foods that we can't live without, the picture
above is No.2  food  ― Lin-Dong-Fang beef noodle in Ba-de road,
Taipei.  (neighborhood of the headquarter of
KMT, Taiwan's ruling political-party '08 ~ '16)
you can see a long queue in each weekday's dining time , but,
It looks bit awful,  even it tastes awesome,
h
ow do Westerners feel about the "restaurant"?  another one CNN recommended is Tao-Yuan Street Lao Wang beef noodle, their beef is sort of pink-colored
 (look like roast beef), very tender, and less salty than Lin DongFang's.

 

pic. right:   Mar 11, 2019, newly decor. Lin-Dong-Fang beef noodle
grand opening in Ba-de road
(near Fu-Xing N. Rd)
 , but later in April, it lost its Michelin title
「必比登推介」
just won in 2018
,
however, a queue continues ...

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

pic. left: 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 restaurants... , besides, the food-safety specialty of 5 star restaurants deserves my concerns.  A 5 star hotel restaurant made Japanese sashimi 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.,  Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taiwan Veterans General Hospital, etc. ), printed in Oct, 2014.   Another book "Fruits , Vegetables" (Chinese namely, "遠離毒蔬果") written by IMEI (義美) group's 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 soaking vegetables and fruits in water in a large basin ...

 

 

 

 

 

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   More street foods

Although Bizarre Foods of Andrew Zimmern in Nov. '15 mentioned Americans are afraid of street foods, but ... Below are some better street food stalls/shops in Taiwan's night markets

 CNN(7-24-2015)recommanded in large sized webpage that "40 Taiwanese foods we can't live without"
       No.1 is
Braised pork rice ("金鋒滷肉飯" 10 Roosevelt Road, Section 1, Taipei).
       No.2 is beef noodle (
Lin Dong Fang store, Taipei, 274 Ba-de Rd., and Lao Wang, 15 Tao Yuan Street Pin Chuan Lan "品川蘭" , No. 10, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao East Road, Section 2, Taipei)。
       No.3 is
oyster omelet ( Taipei Nin-Xia night market, Lai Ji 198-22 Min-sen W. Rd.),
       No.4 is Bubble tea ("台中春水堂"
48 Yi-shu St., Longjing, Taichung , and "台南翰林茶館"313, Section 2, Minzu Road, Tainan
       No. 5 is Milkfish (虱目魚/ "小隱私廚"
65 Yongkang St., Taipei) 。ps: this site thinks the grilled/roast sea-milkfish (烤虱目魚, one piece for NT295) smells good but probably too salty or bit burned for some people - my families. 

      Next 35 are

 
       

      6. 擔仔麵Slack Season danzai noodles(16 Jhongjheng Road, Tainan )、
      7. 生煎包Pan-fried buns(Hsu Ji, Shida Night Market) 、
      8. 割包Gua bao(3, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Rooservelt Road)、
      9. 鐵蛋Iron egg
(Seaside A-Po, 151-1, Jhongjheng Road, Tamshui; A-Po, 135-1, Jhongjheng Road, Tamshui)、
      10. 鳳梨酥Pineapple cake(
1/F, No. 1, Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng East Riad)、
      11. 甜不辣Tian bu la (Taiwanese oden,95 Xining South Road, Wanhua  )、
      12. 肉圓Ba wan (Giant meat dumplings, 17, Lane 16, Renai Street, Kaohsiung)、
      13. 鹽酥雞Salty Fried chicken(
530-1, Bei'an Road)、
      14. 蔥抓餅Flaky scallion pancakes、
      15. 蚵仔麵線Oyster vermicelli(Ay-Chung, 8-1 Emei St., Wanhua) 、
      16. 炸臭豆腐Stinky tofu(No. 347, Jiangong Road, Sanmin Dist, Kaohsiung) 、
      17. 地瓜稀飯Sweet potato soft rice、
      18. 刨冰Shaved ice mountain、
      19. 胡椒餅Pepper cakes(
Raohe night market, north end of Kee Lung Road)、
      20. 鼎泰豐小籠包Dumplings at Din Tai Fung、
      21. 魚丸湯Fish ball soup(
No. 21, Lane 210, Section 2, Yanping North Road, Datong)、
      22. 藥燉排骨Ribs stewed in medicinal herbs(
Nanya Night Market, Nanya East Road, Taipei )、
     
23.~ 40 pls. ref. to CNN web-site http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/23/travel/40-taiwan-food/

 

 



   USA  CNNGO  (3-23-2012) introduced Asia's 10 greatest street-foods cities ( http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/eat/asia-street-food-cities-612721?page=0,2 )
, and Taiwanese street-side snacks in night markets.  CNN ranked Taipei as No. 2 among Asia's 10 greatest street foods cities.  No.1 city is Malaysia's Penang,  No.3 is Thailand's Bangkok, No.4 Vietnam's 河內, No.5 Singapore, No.6 Korea Seoul, No.7 China's XiAnn, No.8 Philippines Manila...

   Taiwanese small eat street-foods intro. by CNN :

Taipei's night market foods

Try it at market

ps:

1. Sheng jian bao (生煎包) Taiwan Normal Univ. night market (師大夜市) ...They hail from Shanghai, ...
 
2.Chou doufu / stinky tofu (臭豆腐)  Raohe St. Night Market (饒河夜市)  is a Taipei night market specialty. ...... Those new to the dish often find ... less intimidating and less, well, stinky.
3.Oa misua / oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線)  Shilin night market(士林夜市)   A Taiwanese specialty...
4.Gua bao / pork belly bun or "Taiwanese burger," as it's sometimes called  (掛包)  Taiwan Normal Univ. night market (師大夜市) ... creating one of the world’s greatest snacks.
5. Hujiao bing / wheat buns more accurately, pies or pockets   (胡椒餅) Raohe St. Night Market (饒河夜市) ...savory filling is impossible to resist.
6. Niu rou mian / spicy beef soup with hand-pulled noodles  (牛肉麵) LaoPai Niurou La Mian Da Wang, Chongqing Nan Lu Yi Duan 46 Gang, Taipei  PS: A famous Taiwanese MD suggests not to have this for health's sake.
7.Douhua (豆花) 士林夜市   (Shilin night market) Taiwanese dessert made from the softest, silkiest tofu ...
8.Ba wan / Taiwanese meatballs  (肉丸) Taiwan Normal Univ. night market (師大夜市) a traditional Taiwanese snack food considered by many to be the country's national dish
9.Cong you bing / a flaky scallion pancake made with hand-rolled dough ( 蔥油餅)  Shilin night market(士林夜市)   Another dish with its roots in China...
 10.Da chang bao xiao chang / big sausage wrapped around small sausage (大腸包小腸)  Shilin night market(士林夜市)    


   CNN's article ( 2 -11- 2015) "10 things Taiwan does better than anywhere else", Taiwan sure has a lot of night markets -- an estimated 300 island-wide.", "some 70% of tourists to Taiwan will visit a night market.".  
   CNN Go (3-23-2012) selected Taiwan's Taipei as No.2 city among "Asia's 10 greatest street foods cities", only next to Malaysia's Penang, better than No.3 Thailand's Bangkok, No.4 Vietnam's 河內, No.5 Singapore, No.6 Korea Seoul, No.7 China's XiAnn, No.8 Philippines Manila...  ref. to ps2.

CNN readers to Vote (June 15, 2015): "Which destination has the world's best food? ", Taiwan ranks world No.1 (8,242 votes) in that open Facebook poll.  CNN stated that the culinary philosophy in Taiwan is simple. Eat often and eat well. Small eats -- but lots of them -- are the big thing here. CNN mentioned 3 foods - best streetside bao, the most incredible stinky tofu or mind-blowing beef noodle soup
  Business Insider (6-10-2015) introduced Taiwan's tour ―― Let's start with the food. Taiwanese people love to eat. The dishes people miss the most when they leave include beef noodle soup, soup dumplings from Din Tai Fung, and the uniquely Taiwanese oyster omelets.


       But, this web-site comments:

      
   
(1) stinky tofu (臭豆腐): This tasteful food may has some problems, including G.M.(genetic modified) soy as material, and deep-fried food being not healthy widely known already.


    (2) beef noodle (牛肉麵): They usually use a source namely DorBanJian(豆瓣醬), so, better select restaurants with reputation to avoid aflatoxin which may contains in 豆瓣醬 and may leads to liver cancer.


    (3)
oyster omelet (蚵仔煎) :  It is most typical Taiwanese food ( you can see this street snack  in any night market), but not exquisite & elaborated food.    The oyster omelet in Discovery channel uses grounded-peanut.  Be careful of fatal
aflatoxin may be in peanut-powder in infamous shops, since a famous peanut product made in USA found aflatoxin before.

 

 

Pic. above: this web-site was ranked No.1 on Yahoo (Taiwan)
by keyword "comment Taiwan night markets" in Chinese,
  test at
7-16-2019, 10-15-2018, 2-20-2018, 1-10-2017, 10-10-2015. 
 (CourageWorld.ch is a part of this website)

 

 

   
Pic. left: mall's version of night markets,  small-eat street is
the Cash Cow
for most dept. stores (malls) in Taiwan. 

 

The most popular small eats in Taipei 101 snack court:

tourists: No1 Liao Fan soya sauce chicken (了凡油雞飯) 
No.2  Indonesian flavor pepper beef rice (胡椒廚房胡椒牛肉飯)

本地客:No.1 oyster pancake/omelete (興葉蚵仔煎)
  No.2  vegetables (蔬河)
No.3 小南門 豆花 湯圓 牛捲餅

/ Apple Daily 12-26-2018


Pic. right: Ranking No.1 on google by "comment Taiwan night market " in Chinese, 7-16-2019,

10-15-2018, 2-20-2018, 2-14-2017, Sept. 2, 2015.

 

No.1 "comment Taiwan foods" on US Google, 1-29-2019, 9-3-2018

 

 

 

    

  Are those "Taiwanese small eat & night market street foods" healthy to humans??

   
    
 
Chang Gung Mem. Hospital professor Yen M.D. (顏宗海, 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)) 

       Jiang So-San M.D. (江守山, 12-2018, <早安健康 - 名醫餐桌> ) : 「Food safety issue matters !」"generally speaking, what we eat nowadays are "very dirty".   Minimize the times of eating/dining out to control poison exposure to be within a margin of safety (控制毒物暴露量在一定程度之內),Taiwan ranks world No.1 in usage of pesticides per unit of land area (單位土地面積使用農藥),according to a study by National Yang-Ming University, 98% of urine samples randomly chosen from kids in Taipei, Taiwan, contain pesticide,  the Plasticizer of dust in our houses as well as pregnant women's urine both rank world No.1.   Besides, there're really too much addictives inside our food  More than most of Taiwan's restaurants currently use artificial chemical soy sauce(化學水解醬油)which inevitably produces chemical 3-MCPD (單氯丙二醇) and may results in tongue cancer, kidney cancer, lliver cancer,  we all ate them too much already !   Taiwanese over-value economic price, therefore we got too many terrible stuffs in home or inside our body.

        China Times, 10-22-2017 : 84 out of 100 int'l tourist in time choose going to night market, 11+% local people go to night market.
 
    Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 8-28-2015,  A2 Prime News Edition

          The incidence rate of Taiwanese people suffering colon/rectal cancer was ranked world No.1 (2nd is Korea, 3rd Slovakia) , Taipei Medical University Hospital's director of surgeons expressed Taiwan's food scandals constantly happened in recent years, many black-heart tainted foods containing Carcinogen (cancer producer) is a factor causing high incidence rate.

 

  United Daily News, 10-13-2015:  "A great survey to Taiwan's aged-100 centenarians" found that "... they seldom dine out".

 The Liberty Times - Weekender  9.18.2015   Industrial bleaching agent, plumping agent with Aluminum, Industrial adhesives Maleic Acid,  Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate dihydrate (CH3NaO3S) , Gypsum of pharmaceutic ,   corn starch, phosphatic, formaldehyde (HCHO), borax, etc were used as foods addictives for better selling.  (for full details pls. ref. to Liberty Times)

Business Today.no.856, 2013 : not only banned colouring agent, copper chlorophyllin cooking oil, toxic ('poisonous') starch, dangerous levels of industrial plasticisers, poor-quality rice, deceptive advertising bakery ... were exposed in Taiwan media, but also dangerous materials/ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, Rongalite (Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate dihydrate 吊白塊  ) , Formaldehyde Solution(福馬林),  borax(硼砂) ,  salicylic acid (水楊酸), NaNO2   nitrite (亞硝酸),  fluorescent whitening/bleaching agent (螢光增白劑), copper salts (铜鹽), Sudan (蘇丹红), Butter Yellow(奶油黃),  Rhodamine B (鹽基桃紅精), Auramine (黃色色素鹽基性芥黃), H202 (過氧化氫), 4-ethoxyphenylurea(乙氧基苯脲), Lead oxide (氧化铅), potassium bromate;bromic acid potassium salt (溴酸钾) etc food additives were found in Taiwan's black-heart food and cuisine industries.  CLICK for dangerous foods in details :    food scare in Taiwan

  Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 8-29-2015,   Prime News Edition

          Dark brown sugars commercially available all contain Carcinogen ("丙烯醯胺", acrylamide , inspected results - max up to 2740 ppb ).  Drinking one cup (700 c.c.) of Pearl Milk Tea (full brown sugar) per day, may have risk of getting cancer.

  The China Times, the Liberty Times (10-22-2015): Lead pipes passed Shi-Lin night Market,  Raohe St. (饒河夜市) Night Market, Normal University (師大) night market, Yong-Kang (永康) street business area. (Nin-Xia night market is fine) Taiwan university experts expressed that high lead level in blood may cause infertility for adults, lower IQ and ability of cognition & social contact for kids, Taipei City government stated lead pipes will be replaced soon within 3 years.

Top 10 dangerous street food in Shih-lin night market 
(<Liberty Times
自由時報> & <United Daily News聯合報>, 10.1.2013)

night market food

 heat
 (Kcal)大卡

Deep fried chicken breast
(炸雞排)

657

蚵仔煎
   Oyster Omelet 

525
油炸臭豆府腐
deep fried Stinky Tofu
                     
496
天婦羅 482
士林大香腸
 Large Sausage 
        
385
大餅包小餅
Small pie in Large pie
385
士林大煎包
 
Pan-fried Pork Dumpling (Large sheng jian bao)                
340
fruits/fruits slices水果 297
    Fried Cuttlefish Soup / sautéed octopus/ stir fried octopus, squids 生炒花枝 209
十全排骨 175
Ps: (1) advice: share food with your friend, peel the fried chicken skin, etc
(2) measure Kcal compared with : 1 bowl of cooked rice has about 280 Kcal

 

  National Taiwan Normal University - graduate school of Chemistry, dean Dr. Wu (化學所長吳家誠教授)'s book <Those black-heart products toxin-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)> (Nov. 2013): Most of the time I eat at home, and has never dined out in street-side shops / small-eat markets (路邊攤), because those small-eat shops usually/always do not meet the minimum standards of cleanliness.  In case I can't reject some dinner party or must dine out,  I select only some restaurants I fully trust.  Besides, I've never touched processed food or cured products, and any drinks commercially available(市售飲料) in Taiwan, particularly, pearl milk tea which already is a world known Taiwanese food.  PS: The China Times (8-15-2015): Taiwanese favorite drinks contain high Kcal/g heat, you will gain 5.1kg if having pearl milk tea one regular cup (not less-sugar option) per day for 2 months.   Green Tea with Yakult(多多)'s Heat 341 Kcal/g, which is 3.2 times the upper limit of free sugar(游離糖) advised by WHO., Yakult drink, Orange juice, milk tea are high-heat too.

 

 90% of what we eat and use contain poison or toxin - The secret that Taiwanese business won't tell you.
   pic. is the cover of consultant of Taiwan's government & professor Wu's book <Those black-heart products poison-experts never buy (毒物專家絕不買的黑心商品)>
 

 


 

<The China Times>  (8-15-2015):

products ml Heat (Kcal/g)熱量 每瓶含糖等同方糖顆數
Green Tea (多多綠茶) 700 341 14
Pearl Milk Tea (珍珠奶茶全糖) 700 653 12
Yakult drink (發酵乳飲料) 330 243 11
Orange Juice 400 192 10
Milk Tea奶茶 400 212 9

 

 

 

 Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 8-29-2015,   Prime News Edition ;  United Daily News(聯合報) 8-29-2015,
     
  Dark brown sugars commercially available all contain Carcinogen ("丙烯醯胺", acrylamide , inspected results - max up to 2740 ppb ).  Drinking one cup (700 c.c.) of Pearl Milk Tea (full brown sugar) per day, may have risk of getting cancer.

 

 

 

◆  night marketsRisks everywhere

Black heart addictives harm the whole Taiwan, including almost all night markets, small eat shops, restaurants(幾近全淪陷)

Taiwanese government lacks of ability to handle this food-scare

(<今周刊Business Today>健康生活專刊04, Sept. 2013)