My husband and I will be visiting Taipei, Singapore, and Hong Kong from the USA (Philadelphia area) this summer and would like your help with some food recommendations! A little background: I lived in KL and Taipei when I was younger and have been to Singapore and Hong Kong before, but haven't spent much time in Asia since the 1990s.
We'll be in Taipei for 4-5 days, Singapore for 4-5 days, and Hong Kong for 3 days. No idea where we'll be staying yet, but we're always happy to travel for good food! We'd prefer more casual places (ie, where jeans are acceptable) and any price range is fine.
Below are some ideas we've put together based on previous threads, along with some questions. There may not be enough places to cover all meals in each city, but we're expecting that there'll be lots of random snacking to fill the gaps as we wander around. Thanks in advance for your help!
1. Shin Yeh 欣葉 for Taiwanese food. Should we go to the flagship or is the quality about the same at all locations?
2. Night market--default is Shilin unless we end up staying near a good one
3. Yongkang street--so many options...Tu Hsiao Yue 度小月, Yongkang beef noodle 永康牛肉麺, Kao Chi 高記, etc.
4. Taiwanese breakfast--saw a recommendation somewhere for Yonghe Doujiang King 永和豆漿大王, but pretty much anyplace with decent danbing 蛋餅 and fantuan 飯糰 will make me happy!
5. Japanese buffet--I read somewhere that Shin Yeh Mitsukoshi has a good one...any other recommendations? Is Jogoya any good?
1. Maxwell food center
2. Nyonya food--among Candlenut, Guan Hoe Soon, and Peramakan, which would you recommend?
3. Nyonya kuih--where's a good place to get these, especially kuih dadar?
4. Little India--Banana Leaf Apolo
5. The Mango Tree for Keralan food
1. Tim Ho Wan for dim sum. We'll only be in HK on weekdays--do they serve dim sum then?
2. Roast meats--Yat Lok or Joy Hing...should we go to both?
3. Wonton noodles--Mak's (Wellington), Mak An Kee (Central), Mak Siu Kee (Tin Hau/Happy Valley), or Tasty (Happy Valley). I admit I'm partial to the KL style of wonton noodles, but happy to try HK style as well. We'll probably just go to the place that's most convenient for us, unless you recommend some of these above others?
4. I speak Mandarin fluently and read it well enough to get around, but my Cantonese is pretty lousy. Will we have communication problems at any of the above places?
1. We'd like to have one Peking duck meal during our trip. Across the three countries, what are your favorite places for Peking duck?
2. There seems to be little to no Chinese fine dining here, especially non-Americanized Cantonese. Would we be crazy not to have a higher-end Cantonese meal in Hong Kong (eg, The Chairman, Tim's Kitchen) while we're there?
3. Any other must-haves that we've missed?