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Taipei picks top noodle houses

WHERE’S THE BEEF? The city government said that it hoped beef noodles would popularize Taipei in the same way MacDonald’s made fast food popular

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

After surveying local restaurants and consulting food experts, Taipei City’s Department of Economic Development unveiled what it described as a “Michelin Guide” to the city’s 50 top beef noodle restaurants on Sunday.

At a ceremony organized by the department, department official Liu Chia-chun (劉佳均) released the names and addresses of the 50 restaurants and said they would be published in the Taipei Beef Noodle Guide 2009.

The survey was carried out by 12 food reviewers chosen by the department through an online contest. Each evaluator was responsible for assessing beef noodle restaurants in one of the city’s 12 administrative districts, Liu said.

Visiting restaurants in their territories without revealing their mission, the reviewers rated the establishments based on service, hygiene and the taste, appearance and price of each restaurant’s beef noodles.

Based on the results of this initial screening, 100 restaurants were chosen for the second round of the survey, in which journalists, chefs and gourmets evaluated the restaurants to determine the top 50.

Liu said that as beef noodles have become one of the foods associated with Taipei, the city government wanted to use the dish to increase the city’s international popularity in the same way McDonald’s has popularized fast food worldwide.

To ensure that no good beef noodle restaurant was overlooked, Liu said his department would launch an online poll that gives local residents the chance to name their favorite beef noodle restaurants not covered in the top 50 guide.

The online election began yesterday and will last until Oct. 30. More information is available at www.2009tbnf.com.tw.

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