1. CHOU CHOU's DUCK CONFIT
I think I might have tried every dish on Chou Chou's lunch menu, and the dish I've ordered and loved all three times I've visited is the duck confit. Crispy skin from being pan fried in its own fat, tender juicy meat underneath on a bed of lentils.
Happily surprised by this newly opened French brasserie, which offers very reasonably priced and tasty set menus for lunch and dinner with a aesthetic and classic French menu unlike anything I've yet to have in Taipei. Opened by chef Kin Ming Lam from @achoi.taipei and Jean Georges Shanghai, where he spent over ten years working with Michelin starred chef Jean Georges Vongerichten.
ADACHI, Only open for dinner, Closed Mondays
3. SU HANG's LUFFA SHRIMP XIAO LONG BAO
My first time at Su Hang, which has been open about a year and half on Minsheng. Their original shop in Gongguan area has been open since 1967. Besides the OG pork xlb, they also have shrimp and luffa squash (yum), crab roe and dessert xlb with taro, sesame or red bean, as well as noodle soups, rice dishes and buns. I really liked these, despite being half full since this was our second round of #xlb on our crawl. Skin on the dumplings thin but nice texture, and the luffa is juicy and sweet. (NT$220)
4. UN PETIT PAS' ROUGE SHRIMP PASTA
Hanyeoyigo (韓老二韓國烤肉) is a newish KBBQ place at Neo 19 and Daan District that boasts a pretty full menu including one of my favorites- soupy cold noodles. The server cut it up for us and also gave us a big bottle of vinegar and mustard to customize it. The noodles were chewy and not too soft, and they didn't skimp on the stuff inside, including korean pear, radish, cucumbers, beef and egg. The KBBQ here is mostly pork and beef and the BBQ grill includes steamed egg on the rims that cooks as the server grills your meat. Lettuces and sauces included, but not that much choice in banchan. This spot is only open at night but takes reservations.
HANYEOYIGO (韓老二韓國烤肉),No. 32, Lane 107, Section 1, FuXing S. Rd, Da’an District, (02) 2771-6474