Top Choice Chinese in Zhongshan & Datong

Qing Tian Xia

At the northern end of historic Dihua St is Taipei's first Guizhou restaurant. The interior is upscale but relaxed, and dishes are authentic and well presented. There's no menu; order from your smartphone or the res…
Top Choice Noodles in Hsinchu

Duanchunzhen Beef Noodles

Don't be disheartened by the lines – the wait for a table at this clean, modern joint is around 15 minutes if you go early. The Chungking-style beef noodles (重慶牛肉麵; Chóngqìng niúròu miàn) and stewed beef noodles (紅燒…
Top Choice Noodles in Da'an

Yongkang Beef Noodles

Open since 1963, this is one of Taipei's top spots for beef noodles, especially of the hóngshāo (紅燒; red spicy broth) variety. Beef portions are generous, and melt in your mouth. Other worthwhile dishes include stea…
Shanghai in Taichung

Qinyuan Chun

Qinyuan Chun offers hearty Shanghainese in a historical environment. The restaurant opened in 1949, the year Chiang Kai-shek and his forces fled to Taiwan, and still seems to embody the values of that era. It's neat…
Noodles in Makung

Pumpkin Noodles

Penghu is famous for its pumpkin and lufa melon, which are cooked with rice noodles or cat ear pasta (麵疙瘩; miàn gēda), and, sometimes, local squid, as they do at this humble street stall at Peichen Market. Order the…
Sichuan in Zhongshan & Datong

Old Sichuan

As soon as you walk in you can smell the Sichuan peppercorns and hot oil. Old Sichuan is a theatrical experience from the decor, which is over-the-top red-and-gold imperial den, to the fiery spicy hotpots. Famous lo…
Noodles in Kincheng

Niu Jiazhuang

Different parts from a cow feature across the menu in this popular restaurant that claims to use Jinmen cows that have been fed a strict diet of sorghum wine lees. The perennial favourite is níuròu miàn (牛肉麵; beef n…
Peking Duck in Da'an

Beijing Lou

One of the best Peking duck restaurants in town, with cosy old-school decor, and attentive old-school waiters. The half duck is sufficient for two or three people.
Noodles in Ximending & Wanhua

Lao Shan Dong Homemade Noodles

Super popular with locals, this unpretentious canteen has been serving up handmade, thick, floury, Shandong-style noodles – you can watch the noodle makers in their puffs of flour while you eat – since it opened in …
Noodles in Da'an

Slack Season Noodles

An upscale branch of a famous Tainan-based snack restaurant. Note: there's no English sign. Slack Season (which refers to the style of tangy noodles served during the fishing low season) serves a long menu of southe…