Monday, April 19, 2010

Breakfast in Taipei and Kaohsiung

In Malaysia, our local breakfast ranges from nasi lemak, roti canai, thosai, teh tarik and the list goes on.

In Hong Kong, the most famous thing for breakfast to some (at least me) is dim sum.

In Taiwan, well it is something different.

The norm usually involves a soya bean drink (either sweet or salty) and either one of the following:

(a) a flat bread ("hou bing") which you can have a filling of yau char kuey (fried crullers or "you tiao") or an omelette (to order say "hou bing jia dan")
(b) dan bing which looks like our local roti canai with eggs.

Know how to say the above and i guarantee you wont go starving in any breakfast place you land on in Taipei. In addition, there are a range of dumplings and buns ready to go, so just point away!

There is a famous breakfast place, famous for the long queues called Fu Hang Dou Jiang.

To get here, hop on the Blue Line MRT to Shandao Temple Station and take Exit 5. Enter the building on your right and proceed to 2nd Floor. The place opens from as early as 5.30am till sold out.

Our queue time was approximately 40 minutes and man, we were starving at the end.

The flat bread is done using a "tandoori like oven".

Quick quick, dig in! Although quite bland, the warm bread plus the soya bean does works wonder as the carbs keeps you fueled up for all the walking.

Another close up.

One of the random items i pointed at.

Soya bean, there is the sweet ("tien") and the savoury ("xian"). The savoury one involves putting vinegar (i think) into soya bean which curdles into a bean curd like. Sounds unappetising but definitely most delightful.

Another meal at Yong He Dou Jiang (an apparently famous name) nearby our hotel at the Taipei Main Station yield us something different.

All the goodies made upon order.

A Yang Chung Mien Bao Jia Dan (onion flavoured bread with omelette). Soft and fluffly.

Roti Canai in Taipei? I wonder who copied who?

Soya Bean is a must.

Kaohsiung is no different as we had another typical breakfast meal.

This place is famous for their black soya bean.

A vegetable bun, the result from pointing.

Another Dan Bing with the addition of sweet corn ("yu mi"). Apparently in the south, you eat it with a sweet sauce as well.

Look Ma, I am black! (again)

Lets hope if you end up in Taipei, looking for breakfast, you will know what to order! As far as i know, theres also glutinous rice with you tiao which we didn't manage to eat, didn't want to get indigestion, do we?

Did i not mention that items usually don't exceed NT40 to NT50 (RM4 - RM5)?


J said...

Bread stuffed with yau char kwai??
Wah lau wei. Sounds MEGA sinful (but yummy)! :) :)

Sean said...

their "roti canai" seems a bit healthier than ours, right, since got green bits of veggie in it? but i bet it would go well with some dhall too :D

qwazymonkey said...

yu char kueh sandwich? talk about carbo overload! Nice pictures!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: yeah about oil content too!

sean: mayb next time ask the mamak to tambah sikit green onion..missing the dhall too!

j: mega sinful? these ppl eat on a daily basis!

thule a.k.a leo said...

luckily I am not living in Taiwan! I would have been obese

ohmywtf said... really really hungry looking at the pictures....and im a soy bean person! I drink soy bean every morning..without sugar! :-)

jfook said...

Omg, the you tiao is so tempting. I know it really matches well with soy bean! Omg,,

babe_kl said...

arrghhhh all yr pics making me hungry!!! why must all the nice food be deep fried???

Life for Beginners said...

Taiwanese roti canai? Seems strange (the concept, I mean) but the food itself looks delish!

I can't wait to head to Taipei next year (fingers crossed) - will definitely use your Taiwan Makan series as my trusted guide! :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Everything sounds delish...but I find the savoury soya milk a bit geli lar!

minchow said...

I love Taiwanese breakfasts... they don't let up on the grease! Am surprise they don't have a version of soy milk in grease!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: haha soy milk + you tiao is greasy soy milk alright!

bbabe: well it sounds geli only, but tastes good!

lob: taiwan nxt year? best of luck!

babekl: well the buns arent..

jfook: omg indeed..

ohmywtf: u will live very well in taipei, thats for sure

leo: no la..u will work out..after seeing all the babes on the street.

SLACKER said...

you know what bro'... i actually found the vegetable bun to look extremely appetising!

Mr. Pineapple Man said...

Ooh~ I've tried some of this stuff when I was in taipei last year~ mmmm so good!

terri@adailyobsession said...

very shanghainese breakfast or rather, mid to northern chinese. i'm not so crazy about the savory soy bean milk but my hub never misses it if it's available.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: yes quite shanghainese, evident from the xlbs too..

mr pineapple man: yeah it was good!

rubs: time to detox isit?