A journal of finding good food and restaurants i love to eat in Taipei when I'm not in Los Angeles. looking forward to hearing from other food lovers about where your favorite places to eat are, so i can try them next!
I had the best mini loaf of banana bread from Tamed Fox a few weeks ago and since then I’ve been craving it. I actually went back a few times but they didn’t have it or ran out and sometimes you just can’t wait. I had some ripe bananas but only had two, so I adjusted this Recipe that used 2 bananas and I had some walnuts on hand, but pecans would work too. I also need to find some whole wheat flour since I really loved it in Tamed Fox’s version and it makes it slightly healthier. Putting this down for the next time I need it.
Easy Banana bread with yogurt
(This recipe made 12 muffins)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used salted butter so I omitted)
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 medium bananas, mashed
1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
2- In a large bowl, stir together 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup sugar.
3- Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla, mix well. 4- Add 1.5 cup flour and 1 tsp baking soda, stir into the liquid mixture until smooth. Then, fold in the 1/2 cup yogurt, and 2 mashed bananas.
5- Finally add walnuts and chocolate chips with some to sprinkle on top.
6- Spoon into muffin tin
7- Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and top is browned.
If you didn't make your reservations at one of the 24 newly minted Michelin starred restaurants before they were awarded stars today for the 2019 Michelin Guide Taipei, then good luck getting a seat the next few weeks! I remember last year going to L'Atelier Robuchon a week or so after the inaugural awards and it was a packed and busy house.
After screenshotting and cropping the Michelin announcements like a madwoman, I've compiled a list of every Taipei Michelin starred chef and their restaurants on Instagram (and updated my previous post of Taipei chefs to watch with instagram handles as well!)
Michelin three stars
Le Palais / @palaisdechinhotel
Michelin two stars
RAW / Chef Alain Huang & Andre Chiang @raw_taipei @alainh001 @andrechiang_sg TaÏrroir / Chef Kai Ho and pastry chef Angela Sy @tarroir @kaiho1011 @angela_sy Sushi Amamoto / Chef Shogo Amamoto Shout RyuGin / Chef Ryohei Hieda @hiedaryohei The Guest House / @sheratongrandtaipei
Michelin one star
Da San Yuan Da-Wan Danny’s Steakhouse Golden Formosa Impromptu by Paul Lee / Chef Paul Lee @impromptu_tw @paulhwlee Ken An Ho Kitcho L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon / Chef Olivier Jean @olivierjean_23 Logy / Chef Ryogo Tahara @logy.tw @ryogotahara Longtail / Chef Lam Ming Kin @longtail.taipei @kin.cooks Ming Fu Mountain and Sea HouseMUME / Chefs Richie Lin and Long Xiong @mume_taiwan @richie_lin Sushi Nomura / @sushinomura Sushi Ryu Tainan Tantsumien Seafood Restaurant Tien Hsiang Lo Ya Ge / Chef Tse Man @mo_tpe
I've linked to the lifestream of the Taipei Michelin awards on my Facebook page
Ever since Michelin launched its inaugural awards last year, Taipei has had a wave of chefs relocating here to try their hand with local ingredients, new restaurant openings, and passionate discussions about who belonged on the list (or not).
With Asia's 50 Best wrapped and Taipei Michelin awards around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight a few restaurants and chefs that have been on my radar and should be on yours too.
1. JL STUDIO / Chef Jimmy Lim
Chef Jimmy Lim and JL Studio was honored with the Miele's One to Watch this year at Asia's 50 Best Restaurant Awards putting this Singaporean restaurant in Taichung on the map. (and yes, I know he's not in Taipei, but he's definitely One to Watch!)
2. IMPROMPTU BY PAUL LEE / Chef Paul Lee
3. LOGY / Chef Ryogo Tahara
4. ORCHID / Chef Perin Gildas
5. ADACHI/ Chef Hiromasa Adachi
6. VERDE / Chef Timothy Lu
7. ANIMA / Chef Marco Compagnin
8. AMAMOTO/ Chef Shogo Amamoto
9. BENCOTTO/ Chef Iacapo Frassi
10. INGE's BAR AND GRILL / Chef Vincent Weng
I wanted to post this before the 2019 Michelin star announcements were made, so I will post first and add details later! The only two restaurants I have not been to on this list are Logy and JL Studio, but I hope to be going there SOON!!
And these are some of the chefs that earned Michelin Stars last year that you should know if you don't already. Currently, Mume, RAW and Ryugin are the three Taipei restaurants to hold the honor as one of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2019.
L'ATELIER ROBUCHON TAIPEI / Chef Olivier Jean *
LONGTAIL/ Chef Lam Ming Kin *
TARROIR / Chef Kai Ho *
SUSHI RYU / Chef Yolong Yang*
MUME / Chefs Richie Lin and Long Xiong *
RAW / Chefs Andre Chiang and Alain Huang *
RYUGIN / Chef Ryohei Hieda **
And speaking of Michelin, they should definitely honor Din Tai Fung and Shin Yeh with stars imho, as Din Tai Fung is definitely a place that people travel world wide to eat at.
I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME that when Krispy Kreme opened its doors in Taipei in 2013 that the lines were INSANE. It was a FOUR HOUR wait, with lines around the block of Vieshow and this went on for a few months. YES, you read that correctly. FOUR HOURS.
Why are people so crazy about donuts? I remember hearing this about Mister Donut when they first opened in Taipei too (in Tianmu.. who remembers this?)
this is only the part of the line that is closest to the shop
So I've been trying to cleanup my computer, make sure my backup drives are still working, so it took me down memory lane. When I saw these (blurry) photos of people waiting IN THE RAIN for Krispy Kremes, I had to write a flashback post because I don't think I ever wrote about this when it was happening. Since no one blogs anymore, there are NO RULES. lol.
I was, though, lucky enough to be one of the first to receive a box of Krispy Kreme originals without having to wait in line (it's nice to have friends in high places) and it was so satisfying after such a long dearth of donuts. This was around the time that BLT Burgers and CPK opened up at Vieshow as well, and only Krispy Kreme still remains in 2019.
Sadly, they have moved to a small spot than their original location pictured here, and they don't make the donuts on site anymore, thus no "hot doughnuts" to grab off the assembly line. They have, however, expanded to 5 different shops around Taipei, as well make the cutest seasonal donuts, and I do see people still buying them, though these ridiculous lines have moved onto something else, thankfully.
I still go there for an original donut once in awhile, sometimes I go crazy and get a salted caramel one too.
at Breeze Nanjing, No. 337 Nanjing East Road, Section 3, Songshan District, opens 10AM
No. 49 在站內，M3, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng District, opens 7AM
No. 20 Jingye 3rd Road, Neihu, opens 11AM
No. 53, Tianmu East Road, Shilin District, opens 8AM
at Global Mall, No. 7號, Section 2, Xianmin Boulevard, Banqiao District, opens 11AM
Hello you guys! It feels sort of strange to be typing on a laptop instead of trying to peck out letters on my iPhone, but it feels good. You know how January resolutions go, you cross your fingers and hope that it sticks at least for the first month. So here come some new posts for the few of you guys still reading, as long as my hardware and software cooperate with me!
Wanted to share some of my fave pieces from the Taipei Dangdai (January 18-20, 2019) with you guys in case some of you wanted to catch it on its last day (Sunday, January 20, today!). Tickets at the door are NT$700. Kids under 12 are free and seniors/students/disabled are NT$400. There's some food and drinks in a mini bar in the back corner by Gastrojoy.
I usually miss these sort of things because the word doesn't spread far enough, but luckily I had a few friends with an extra pass and they invited me along on Friday (and I actually had seen a few other friends post from it as well). With pieces from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Europe, NY, and of course, Taipei, It's the first year for this size of an international art show it seems, or one poised to become a "global contender." Co-founder Magnus Renfrew brings his experience from Art HK which turned into the extremely popular Art Basel, and is also the co-founder Art SG for Singapore. Whenever there are THAT many new people in town for an event, I always wonder, where are _they_ eating?
So, anyways, here is a small glimpse from the Nangang Exhibition Hall. I'm sorry I didn't catch all the names, until walking around halfway I realized I should take notes. There's quite a lot to take in and fun to wander and gaze and admire and see which ones spark joy.
Going to try to type up a few more posts while the words are flowing!
can't escape baby shark, THE song of 2018
absolutes or shades of gray?
There should be places to sleep (2018) Liam Gillick
Untitled #TK-98 (2018) Mit Jai Inn
Neither Day or Night (2011) Jules de Balincourt
close up. if i had the luxury to buy one painting, this would be it.
Laura 11 (2018) Alex Katz
Blue Mountain (2018) Wang Gongyi
Green Eye (2018) Satoshi Ohno
Plastic Stone (2017-2018) Mariko Mori
This one is definitely more captivating in person. Each side is a different color/shape, one is reflective, one is translucent, the way a bubble is iridescent and catches the light.
Diaphanous (2018) Yu Yasuda
This was probably my second favorite. This is similar to something I would want to paint for myself. It makes me feel peaceful, as if I was on Antarctica or somewhere remote. BTW- I had to google "diaphanous" and it means (especially of fabric) light, delicate and translucent. you're welcome!
the edges of the painting.. otherwise it's just a poster.
previous visit: 5/14/2012 (formerly romanized as Tu Hsiao Yueh, although with this change it should be Du Xiao Yue)
IT'S EASY TO MISS DU HSIAO YUEH when walking along Yong Kang Street. Afterall, most tourists' destinations are Din Tai Fung, mango shaved ice and nowadays, spring onion pancake. But the last few times I was looking for a casual but clean and authentic Taiwanese restaurant for visiting friends and families, I ended up at here. Even though you could go there and just eat their signature dan zai mian, or slack season noodles, for NT$50, it's worthwhile to come with a larger group to be able to try some of their other appetizers and dishes.
Each branch has an homage to their founding ancestor, who carried baskets of noodles and soup on his back during the low fishing season, by having an old school set up where server spoon broth, minced pork into bowls of noodles to order. Next time you go, you can look for the pot that simmers the minced pork sauce is a master stock of sorts, where they keep adding new ingredients and sauce into the pot and it retains a flavor that comes from being simmered and built upon for years.
The menu is easy to read, with photos, English, Chinese and corresponding numbers for the order sheet. I like to get different types of noodles to share- instead of the original noodles, I also like the thinner rice vermicelli noodles and the wider thick rice noodles. (NT$50)
Loved all the appetizer dishes and the new mala duck blood mini hotpot that I tried for the first time. I also always get the fried baby oysters.
-No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 216, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Sec. 4 台北市忠孝東路四段216巷8弄12號
A lot of you might have noticed that I've posted less and less on the blog over the years. I've started to freelance as a (paid) contributing writer for various sites and publications. In case you missed it, this was an article for Taiwan News of some of my favorites and places I wanted to try last summer. Almost a year later, all of them are still putting out good food and Longtail was even awarded a Michelin star! The only ones I still haven't tried yet are Longtail and EPL- where does the time go? Time for another round up. You can find the original article here.
Do you want to see more round ups like this on the blog?
10 new places to eat next in TaipeiHungryinTaipei's (HiT) list of what's been trending and new in Taipei, Summer 2017
1. DISTRICT ONE TAIPEI
(Photo by @hungryintaipei)
District One Taipei just soft opened last week, but photos of their signature lobster pho have already drawn in crowds to their shop in the Da'an district. Opened by Chef Khai Vu and the team from Revel Eatery, District One brings Vegas modern Vietnamese to Taipei, with delicious dishes like beef carpaccio, crispy egg rolls, oxtail fried rice and pork vermicelli. The lobster pho might get all the (well deserved) attention, but the brisket oxtail pho (NT$300) with the tender meat and beefy broth is definitely not to be missed.
Now that the lines have died down a little bit, it's time to try the ramen that broke the world record for longest consecutive line in the world (over 250 hours!). Because Ichiran is open 24 hours a day, they had people waiting around the clock for over ten days. Known for its single person booth seating, Ichiran serves mainly one thing, tonkotsu ramen (NT$288), but customized hundreds of ways depending on how rich you want your broth and dashi, how strong your spiciness and how firm you want your ramen. I recommend adding the egg, extra pork and seaweed "Ichiran special" (NT$134) because one slice of pork won't be enough.
Buying cheese in Taipei can sometimes feel like highway robbery, paying a fortune for a sliver of truffier or comte that is gone in a few bites. That's why I found myself very excited when I finally went to Gusto Market, a small shop located on the same alley as Addiction Aquatic Development. Owner William Di Nardo, formerly a chef at Osteria by Angie, brings his experience and tastebuds to not only bring in an array of Italian cheeses (burrata!), wines, olive oils and products, but also is helpful in suggesting what you would like, at prices that can't be beat.
Longtail is the newest venture for Chef Kin Ming Lam and his team (Chou Chou, AChoi) which continues his Taipei streak of modern fusion menus, cocktails, desserts and space that feels grown up. Dishes like charred foie gras dumplings (NT$680), shrimp sliders with pickled onions and sriracha (NT$420) and fried chicken, raita, curry leaf gives you a taste of the layered flavors and ingredients that Chef Lam brings to the table. I've heard their cocktail game is also strong and they are open only for dinner, but they stay open until 3 a.m.
Despite the name, Honolulu Cafe serves up Hong Kong Cafe eats (Cha Chaan Teng) rather than Hawaiian food, as fans of the original shop, opened since the 1940s in Hong Kong, know. The first Taipei branch opened earlier this summer in the basement of Xinyi Mitsukoshi, with a full menu of roast meats, dim sum, stir fried, claypot, rice and noodle dishes as well as the classics, pineapple buns stuffed with butter, Hong Kong style French toast drenched in honey and Hong Kong milk tea. The MUST ORDER here are the signature pastry egg tarts (NT$35 each or NT$100 for three) and I always order extra to take home.
The two latest additions to the Taipei Korean bbq scene have roots from Korea, as Maple Tree House is a popular chain in Seoul and Meat Love has a Korean founder that has popular restaurants in Korea. Both offer an assortment of beef, pork and wagyu cuts to grill and unique panchan like marinated perilla leaves (Maple Tree House) and cold vegetable broth (Meat Love). My must orders are Maple Tree House's jumbo galbi tang (Korean beef rib soup) (NT$520) and Meat Love's housemade kimchi and soupy cold noodles.
When I heard that Purebread Bakery and Gen Creative were the partners behind the newly opened Liquid Bread Company, I suddenly understood why pastrami and carnitas sandwiches had been popping up on my Instagram feed the last few weeks. With sandwiches like Taipei Bomber (ham and cheese with egg salad on sourdough) Pot Belly and Carnitas (NT$290-420), this is next on my list to try. Add on beers on tap from Taihu Brewing, craft beers, bags of chips and and housemade chocolate chip cookies make the hipster Subway sandwich shop that Taipei didn't know it needed.
If seafood towers decked out with oysters, king crab and lobsters upon ice are your thing, then EPL Steakhouse is where you should take your friends. The most drool worthy dishes I spied on Instagram were the lobster mac and cheese, crab au gratin, t-bone steak and chicken and waffles. Currently open dinner only, signature cocktails include Flaming Pink Panther and Sunset Over Rio.
There's no shortage of shaved ice places in Taipei, so it was to my surprise that I found myself waiting for over 30 minutes in blistering Taipei humidity, in line with over a dozen young women dressed for selfies. Ice Mountain's menu includes mango shaved ice, boba milk tea shaved ice, fruit shaved ice. The good news is that the shaved ice was actually very tasty- the fruit ice with lychee shaved ice (NT$160) was my favorite and half sizes in cups are available. The bad news is that the space is incredibly narrow and cramped and every corner of the pink and sky blue shop is primed for photo ops, so you might find yourself trying to avoid being in the background of someone's IG story or waiting in line for photos in the neon lit, pool toy corner.