During my recent trip to Taiwan with Taiwan Tourism Bureau, I was able to dine at two Michelin’s Bib Gourmand restaurants.
An establishment that carries the Michelin Bib Gourmand rating signifies “good quality, good value cooking”; food is very good with very reasonable prices.
According to the Michelin website, to qualify for this distinction, establishments must offer a three-course meal for a fixed price not exceeding NT$1,000. That’s a starter, a main and a dessert or wine.
Tien Hsia San Chueh
For our first Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, we stopped by for dinner at Tien Hsia San Chueh in Da’an District.
This noodle restaurant is not your typical hole in the wall type food spot. In fact, I was quite surprised because this place actually doesn’t look like they’re serving noodles. The facade and interior of this establishment is slightly on the posh side.
They even have a private room good for 8 pax where we had our dinner.
You can also pick your appetizers from the stand near the kitchen. We got pickled lotus, cucumber and okra.
Upon going through the menu, I decided on having the Prime Beef Tendon and Beef Shank Noodle Soup (NTD380).
This soup dish has premium beef tendon that has been braised for a long time, making it soft and gelatinous, giving the soup a rich and unctuous flavor.
While the fork tender or rather, “chopsticks tender”, thick sliced beef shank (which looked like a marbled steak) was as tender as the tendon itself. It offered an additional oomph to the flavor of the entire dish. The noodles are al dente, too!
The soup was so flavorful, it doesn’t even need any condiment at all. A truly delicious and hearty meal.
If you are planning on dining at Tien Hsia San Chueh, better make a reservation a seat to make sure you get a spot as they are almost always full.
3, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an, Taipei, Taiwan
P: +886 2 741 6299
11:30am – 2:30pm
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Beijing Do It True
The second Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant we went to is Beijing Do It True.
Beijing Do It True is a 60+ year old family run restaurant can be found in a quiet tree-lined boulevard at Ren’ai Road. They serve a variety of authentic Northern Chinese dishes that the restaurant owner’s great uncle once cooked for Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty.
When you are at Beijing Do It True restaurant, the Spicy Braised Pork (NTD180 for small and NTD280 for medium) in Chinese Sesame Bun (NTD40) is a must order.
Frankly, I find the sesame bun dry and bland. But when I ate it with the spicy braised pork, the fatty meat which was cooked for hours, gave it a different flavor profile. The pork has a somewhat buttery taste that complements the plain sesame bun. The dish actually grew on me as I continued to eat it.
Another dish that I enjoyed eating was the Jumbo Fried Dumplings (NTD110/2 pcs).
This is very similar to a gyoza or fried dumplings but double in size. The filling has shrimps, minced pork and leeks in a crispy wrapper that has been fried to a golden perfection. It’s very comforting to eat this because it also reminds me of our Lumpiang Shanghai.
An order is 2 pieces; perfect for sharing. Or maybe not, if you have a big appetite. 😉
If you happen to be in Taipei and would want to experience dining in a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, visit Beijing Do It True and try these 2 dishes.
506, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Xinyi, Taipei, Taiwan
P: +886 2 720 6417
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