I live in Taipei but I work every day in Taoyuan (insert Taoyuan-is-the-third-ring-of-hell joke here). For those of you who are out there looking for decent food (and I don’t mean the occasionally-western Nankan areas), and I’d like to offer the following 3 options for lunch there:
Novotel Hotel - the Novotel just opened just outside the airport on the airport highway (number 2?) literally just before you get to the airport. The lunch buffet is about NNT550pp and it has a wide selection of western, chinese, indian food. Not awesome but very edible and the selection makes it OK.
Trans Asia Airways kitchen - I think thy use the Chinese name for Trans Asia “Fuxing” as in “Fuxing kitchen”. It’s on Guo Ji Road just South of Min Sheng Road - it’s purple with a gold Trans Asia dragon symbol thingy on it and grafitti on the road-facing wall (I know, very appetizing eh). But the beef lasagna is good as is the fried rice, and the spaghettis
Bei Fang Xiao Che (Northern Little Eats I guess is one way to translate it) - so here’s a weird dumpling place that the locals who work in and around the airport swear by, I really mean swear by. The owner is an ex cop who originally hails from He Bei province Chinese, he makes these minced beef dumplings (Tseng Jiao) - huge compared to normal Taiwan standards - with lots of soupiness in them - plus the usual handmade soup dumplings (Tang Bao) and Onion Pancakes (Xiong Yo Bing) that are all out of this world, no joke. Just across from Jhu Wei High School (or Elementary School)
tyc.edu.tw/english/eng_intro … ain(Dayuan.php?menu_page=e_Jhu-wei
Hope that helps, suggestions welcome, I gotta eat McD’s or 7-11 or the occasional Pizza Hut otherwise