Madame Jill’s Vietnamese Cuisine
Madame Jill’s Vietnamese Cuisine (No. 11, Lane 24, Roosevelt Road Section 4, Dà’ān District, Taipei) — Madame Jill’s was the first Vietnamese restaurant to come to Taipei, when the Vietnam War was still raging. In 1974, the Lin family (overseas Chinese) moved to Taipei because of the war and set up the first branch of Madame Jill’s, across the street from National Taiwan University. Over the past 30 years three other branches have been established and they remain frequently visited spots around the neighborhood.
With Southeast Asian food becoming more popular in recent years and with more Vietnamese wives opening their own restaurants in the country, Madame Jill’s nevertheless thrives, surviving the last economic slump. Chicken salad Vietnamese style is a refreshing starter, which is a mixture of shreds of cabbage, cucumber, chicken and carrots and sprinkled with peanut powder. It is then seasoned with fish sauce, a necessity in any Vietnamese dish. Though a bowl of rice noodles with beef in a soup is a often ordered as a main course, it is recommended that you order extra beef meatballs. For a more “colonial” taste, one should try spicy coconut beef with French baguette.