26 June 2012

Breakfast in Taipei: 阜杭豆漿

I had a fantastic breakfast last week in Taipei.  Part of it was because I had just walked 45 minutes to find the restaurant, part of it was that the food was just downright delicious of itself.  My friend Christine, who knows exactly where to go and what to order, recommended  阜杭豆漿 (fù háng dòujiāng) as a must for breakfast during my time in Taipei.  And if you haven't heard, Taiwanese breakfasts are a category of eating you have got to experience if you ever are fortunate enough to get to Taiwan!

阜杭豆漿 is known for their dòujiāng (fresh, hot soy milk), of course, but also for their other breakfast items, from rolled egg-omelet-type dishes (蛋餅, dànbǐng)  to條 (yóu​tiáo, long fried pieces of dough that are broken up and dropped into salty, fresh hot soymilk called 鹹豆漿, xiándòujiāng).  I ordered 厚餅夾蛋 (hòu bǐng jiā dàn), a thick bǐng, or griddle bread, that is folded to sandwich scrambled egg and green onion and then brushed with a lightly sweet glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds.  To go with this, I ordered sweet 豆漿 (dòujiāng), which came hot and steaming in a bowl with a spoon.  The soymilk was absolutely delicious, sweetened with some sugar, and as it cooled, a milky skin formed on the surface, which was a lot of fun to spoon up and eat.  With hungry bites I ate up that hòu bǐng and drank all my dòujiāng, then headed back to the hotel (this time by subway) for a day of work.  Christine, thanks so much for the awesome breakfast tip!

I loved my week in Taipei...the land of cute take-out boxes closed with rubber bands and handed to you in little plastic bags, 牛肉麵 (beef noodle soup), and  Taipei 101 (speaking of cute little take-out boxes....).  I'll be popping around Asia for the rest of the summer on business, and I look forward to sharing more of my food adventures with you!

If you're interested in checking out 阜杭豆漿 (fù háng dòujiāng)--and if you're in Taipei, I think you should!--put the address, 北市忠孝東路一段108號2樓之28 (華山市場2樓), into Google maps and go.  It's located next to the Shandao Temple Subway Station, and it has a second floor location.  Go up a few steps to enter a street-level, indoor market (during the morning most of the individual market stalls will be closed), then head right and up the stairs.  At the top of the stairs, turn right and you'll enter into the restaurant space.  Hours are 5:30 ~ 10:30am.  I went around 8:30am on a weekday and had no wait time at all, even though they were doing lively business, but Christine says the lines are insane on the weekends.


You'll order (sorry, no English menu), pick up your order, and pay at the counter up front, then carry your tray off and look for a table.  Bus your own tray when you're done at stations located throughout the restaurant.  For a great blog post and pictures of the exterior and other dishes available, check out this blog post (in Chinese): http://yukiblog.tw/read-1097.html .

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