Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Home Town Taiwan @ Sunnybank Plaza, Brisbane

I am beginning to see the light in Brisbane especially the food scene. I can't believe I am saying this especially how I usually dread the question "where should we eat today" and if I am unlucky "oh, where did I end up here?". 


Back in Malaysia, I relied on food blogs when I wanted to explore, especially food blogs who are per se managed by friends, friends with the same palate, so to speak. In the short time in Melbourne, there were friends and relatives to trust, not to mention the big society of food bloggers that I could rely on with a rather high rate of success. 


Brisbane has a much smaller group of food bloggers, unless they are all members of a secret society. One really needs to know people on the ground. Thankfully new friends who have roamed the area for years from their university days have finally shown me the light. 


I can't help but compare (eventhough in my case, its miniscule) with the situation back home in Malaysia. Hopefully the greyness and the dreadful feeling like the Malaysians feel like I feel with the food in Brisbane will finally see light and change for the better. (For those who don't know what I am talking about, try googling "bersih rally malaysia".   


Back to food.


A couple of weeks ago, I started to feel that our Saturday breakfast session was getting rather boring. I mean, there's only so much different eggs benedict, poached eggs, french toast, smoked salmon, bacon that you can try before there all taste the same. That was when the first ray of light appeared when my friend said, why don't we try taiwanese instead. 


Flashback to the time I was in Taipei, despite having to order everything in mandarin with a menu written in mandarin, the delicious soya bean, warm dumplings and pancakes was to die for. To have it in Brisbane, I must be dreaming!


Come early is my suggestion, there is a list of breakfast items, from the glutinous rice with a fried cruller as a filling, dumplings, pancakes, mee sua and porridge. While you can't compare it with the original version in Taipei, this is pretty comparable. Breakfast can be had for under AUD10 per pax, a bargain deal, no?


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With crazy winter mornings of 5 degrees, you would be happy to know that you can order a hot version.


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A flour and egg pancake with chives, a staple dish that you will find in any Taiwanese breakfast place. This tasted like it was made an hour too long ago but still rather satisfying.


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Nothing like dumplings to finish the morning off.

Other items I tried includes the beef and vegetable bun, the mee suah and another variation of the pancake. With a different menu for lunch and dinner along with so many other items to try, you will definitely see me popping by more often.

Located next to the Ding Hao Supermarket, at one of the indoor carparks of Sunnybank Plaza. Shop 90D I believe.

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Cheap breakfast with a twist, exactly the thing I need after one too many poached eggs on a Saturday morning. 

10 comments:

Rabbit Sim said...

Oooo, I love hot and savoury Taiwanese breakkie on these crazy winter mornings too. Must try are rice balls stuffed with crullers, ba song, chai poh and the pan-fried bun and of course braised beef roll (牛肉捲餅). Oriental at Sunnybank has a bigger and better brekkie menu since reopening. Half time teabar next to Yuen is also good for Taiwanese brekkie.

Michelle Chin said...

man, a good taiwanese place in brisbane! i miss taiwanese cuisine. i should google it up for melborune!

Sean said...

four stars! that's quite high! but i love western preparations of eggs, so i think i'd be happier every weekend with eggs benedict compared to taiwanese egg pancakes :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: haha i dont know, i have had my share of scramble, poach, fry, omelette and etc..

mchin: u nvr know u might find a gem too!

rabbit: well i know where to go nxt wk!

Cora said...

Oh yum!! I love Asian-style breakfast. Agreed that Western choices are a bit limited re: bacon/toast and something pancakey.

I remember when the cafe next to Ding Hao was something else. Haven't been back since. Must give it a go.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cora: well time to visit and see if this is the same place or a totally new one.

Pureglutton said...

I'm sure some hot dumplings are very welcome after lots of western brekkies!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pureglutton: yeap! something to keep the tastebuds nice and fresh.

Michael123 said...

hey Joe, at market square from 7-11 am, the place is called half way tea house(it's right next to the Yuan's market), the breakfast is just divine. definitely worth a visit.

Geoff Granfield said...

I swear, those pictures made me cringe for that right now! Too bad I am still stuck at finding the best Solar roof ventilation for my Brisbane project. Argh.