I will be in Taiwan for 12 days in January, primarily Taipei. May also visit other places/towns/regions but really have not decided yet.
Last time I went back (which was for less than a week) one of the best memories was the food. I remember eating at Din Tai Fung (main branch), oyster noodle at Shih Lin night market, excellent fish ball soup and various other goodies at Dan Shui, awesome Taiwanese breakfast at Dou Jang Da Wang (Soy Milk King) in Yung Ho, a fantastic cheap bien dang (bento) lunch close to I think was FNAC Taipei, dan bing (basically an egg burrito for breakfast right off the street from a shop). So much good food, so little time...
One less than stellar place was a sushi boat conveyor belt place in Xiemen Ding, and another average place I remember was the buffet on top of this Japanese department store somewhere.
I know there's a lot more good stuff there, so I'm looking forward to the next chow adventure. :-)
Can someone recommend the following for the Taipei area? (any websites for restaurants, if available and prices are very much appreciated!)
In no particular order:
1) Beef noodle soup; common food item but everyone's spin on it is different. So where do people go for the best and what makes it the best than another stall's?
2) A good & authentic Italian restaurant. Looking for something that has a good reputation (and of course good food) and is not a fancy/snotty/pretentious/pricey place.
3) What's a good sushi bar/Japanese restaurant in the Taipei area, that serves fresh fish imported from Japan/US, remains fairly authentic Japanese, and good value?
4) Korean restaurant, either BBQ or tofu pot/stew. Basically something that the locals like going to?
Sounds weird that I'm asking for other ethnic food, but 2-4 are really ideas for taking the in-laws and family out to places they've likely not been to or experienced.
Have I witnessed the best of what Taipei street food has to offer if I stroll through every stall in Shih Lin and Dan Shui? Is there something that is must try in other areas? :-)