If there is one thing that the Taiwanese are good at, it is waiting in line. A long running joke is that if waiting is line was an Olympic sport, then the nation of Taiwan would undoubtedly take gold – consistently. But, who can blame them? Taipei alone has so many damn good places that are easily worth 2 to 3 hour waits. AND, I’m not even taking account Krispy Kreme donuts and their 4 hour wait.
For more traditional eaters, Taipei offers a huge swath of eateries that are not only delicious, but also has its very own fan club. Although it would be nearly impossible to pare down every single place, this top 5 list from ET Today will help you get started on your Gold medal dreams for line waiting. Keep reaching for that rainbow.
Fu Hang Soy Milk (阜杭豆漿)
One of the most crowded and ridiculous lines in all of Taipei. This traditional Taiwanese breakfast joint is located on the 2nd floor in a food court right next to the Sheraton hotel. The line starts happening at around 6:00am and snakes all the way down stairs and out onto the public sidewalk. Fortunately, I came here when it was raining at 5:30am, so the wait was a much more manageable 10 minutes. Was it good? Yeah. Was it worth the wait? F’ Yes.
Address: 台北市中正區忠孝東路一段108號2F Taipei, Taiwan
Xiao Liou Shi Tang (小六食堂)
Roughly translated as “Six Canteen(thanks Google Translate)” this no-menu-cuisine restaurant takes its cues from the nearby office workers that jostle for a seat during the lunch rush hour. Fresh sashimi and seafood make this place the de facto standard for all things raw.
Address: 台北市松江路259巷8號 Taipei, Taiwan
Waiting in line for ramen is nothing new for San Franciscans like myself, our loyal readers out in Taiwan know that waiting 2+ hours for ramen is standard fare. This Tokyo ramen joint opened shop up near the intersection of Yanji Street and Bade Street. Every night, throngs of people battle to secure one of the coveted 6 seats that is in this little restaurant. Renowned for its plum sauce and meat broth, I think I’m ready to book a trip out to Taipei just to try it.
Hai Di Lao (海底撈台灣att一號店)
Anyone who has been to China has hear of Hai Di Lao, a hot pot behemoth that is known for its fresh ingredients, killer service and an ambience that makes you feel like you’ve won the Super Bowl. I mean, this place has a nail salon, massage chairs and food… in the waiting area. You can actually book a manicurist for a 40 minute session and they’ll seat you right after your manicure. I’m not sure how that’s suppose to feel about it, but in someone’s head, it is a fantastic idea.
Address: 台北市信義區松壽路12號6樓 Taipei, Taiwan
Hannosuke is a Japanese franchise that finally opened its Taiwanese branch in the Taipei Main Station. The ingredients, sauce and products are all imported from Japan, so what you are getting is an authentic flavor that came across by plane. It’s fried goodness, what else do you need to know? You know its going to be awesomely delicious.