TAIPEI (CNA) — The Michelin Guide on Tuesday released a list of 75 Bib Gourmand restaurants in Taipei and Taichung, a distinction given to establishments that offer a three course meal for a fixed price not exceeding NT$1,000 (US$34).
The list, which covers value-for-money food for the third consecutive year in Taipei and for the first time in Taichung, includes Taiwanese, Chinese, Indian and other types of cuisine.
Of the 54 eateries on the Bib Gourmand list for Taipei, 47 were holdovers from 2019, including the renowned Din Tai Fung, three were former Bib Gourmand venues that have moved to new locations, and four appeared on the list for the first time.
Among the new entries was North Indian restaurant Taj, whose chefs have been specially recruited to Taiwan from India and use spices carefully sourced from their country.
Another newcomer is Yijiazi, renowned for its authentic Tainan flavors and dishes served by its third-generation owners, such as the stewed pork belly and pork blood curd soup with shacha sauce.
The Bib Gourmand list complements the Michelin Guide Taipei & Taichung, which will be released on Aug. 24.
Taichung was added to the Michelin Guide’s coverage this year because the city — the second-largest in Taiwan — has made rapid progress and its food service industry is booming, according to Michelin.
Local cuisine drew the most attention in the new Bib Gourmand list for the city, with 10 of the 21 Bib Gourmand honorees in Taichung offering Taiwanese cuisine.
Chin Chih Yuan draws in lunchtime queues for its steamed local rice and deep-fried pork ribs, while Dong Shan Zhan offers claypot-roasted chicken grilled over longan wood for an hour, Michelin said in its description of the restaurants.
Another pork trotter specialist, Fu Juang Yuan in the Western district, was praised by Michelin inspectors for its “liquid gold” — a broth of soy, rock sugar, chilli and shallot.
Other highlighted restaurants were Orient Dragon, which offers Taiwanese home-style cooking with a few creative Sichuan dishes, and No Name Noodles, known for its preservative-free Shanghainese noodle soup served with pork chop, beef shin or zhajiang sauce.