IN TAIPEI: TAIWANESE BREAKFAST

 

中式早餐店 

永和豆漿大王

說到傳統早餐當然就不能錯過永和豆漿大王,這家位於復興南路二段的早餐店在台北可算是老字號。早餐時間都會看到有人在排隊,可是排在店外的大多是在等外帶。如果想內用,可以直接到店裡找座位然後在裡面點餐。這裡的冰豆漿甜而不膩還有濃濃的豆香味。習慣喝冰豆漿的我們竟然也慢慢愛上了鹹豆漿。雖然台灣人都叫豆漿,但它吃起來口感就像豆腐花,加了菜圃和油條每一口都脆脆的。而且因為有放蝦米的關係,味道也和阜杭豆漿的不一樣,非常獨特。學著當地的吃法,油條沾著豆漿吃還真有一番風味。除了燒餅油條我們還點了蛋餅夾肉鬆,鹹鹹的內餡給看似平凡的蛋餅添味,口感很棒。這一餐不只吃得飽(說真的其實還有點撐),價格也非常親民呢。

Speaking of traditional Taiwanese breakfast, Yong He Soy Milk is one that's not to be missed. Tucked along Fuxing South Road, this breakfast spot frequented by tourists has also earned its place among the hearts of locals. It's certainly not startling to see a queue forming outside the shop, but you'll be glad to find out that most of them are actually waiting in line for their takeaways. If you wish you enjoy your breakfast there, simply head into the store, grab a seat (if you manage to find one) and place your order. Their speciality - soy milk was amazing - the sweetness was spot on, and there's a strong soybean aroma. Even though their savoury tofu curd was something new to us (we normally have it sweet), we really liked how the dried radish and pieces of dried dough sticks added textures to every bite. The fragrance from the dried shrimps is what differentiates tofu curd here from Fu Hang's. While you're at it, try blending into the Taiwanese culture by dipping your dough sticks into the soy milk, you'll be pleasantly surprised (I promise!). Besides getting the dough sticks that were sandwiched between two flatbreads, we also got the egg crepes to try out, and loved how the pork floss brought out the flavour of the crepes which would've otherwise been too bland. Our breakfast was super filling - we're literally stuffed - yet inexpensive. We paid NTD 105 for everything!  


阜杭豆漿

如果早上路過華山市場想必一定會看到市場外在排隊買阜杭豆漿的人龍。慶幸的是我們週二到訪時,人潮並不多,只排了大約十五分鐘就輪到我們。點餐的方式也很特別,先點豆漿,再點其他餐點,最後結帳後才找位子坐。雖然是以燒餅聞名,來到阜杭豆漿一定要點蛋餅!跟永和豆漿大王相比,這裡的蛋餅沒有肉鬆也很夠味,有著淡淡的蛋香味但又不會過於油膩,讓我們留下深刻的印象。蛋餅皮有點厚度所以很有嚼勁。鹹豆漿方面,個人認為阜杭的味道比較大眾化,豆漿的口感吃起來超像蒸蛋的!配上油條還有蔥花真的好好吃。雖然我們都覺得厚餅太札實,有點難咬,但是裡面的油條真的好脆啊。下次回來一定會點薄餅來試試看。如果有機會去台北玩絕對要到阜杭豆漿嚐嚐哦!

If you pass by Hua Shang Market in the morning, you'll surely be amazed by the line in front of the market, where everyone is queueing to get their breakfast fix! Thankfully, when we arrived on a Tuesday morning, it was significantly less crowded and we managed to get our order within fifteen minutes. They have an ordering system where you'll first be asked if you want cold/warm/savoury soy milk. After that's served to you on a tray, you can move on and order the rest of items from the menu (egg crepes, flatbreads etc). Lastly, you can pay and get a seat in the food court! Even though they are famous for their flatbreads, their egg crepe is a must-try! In comparison to those from Yong He's, we're impressed by the the crepes here that were bursting with flavours (even when it's served plain without any pork floss). The fried egg smelled heavenly and since the crepe itself was slightly thicker, it was chewier than the norm. I personally, was more accustomed to the taste of the savoury tofu curd served here instead of Yong He's. It actually tasted very similar to steamed egg. The bits of fried dough sticks and chopped spring onions complemented the entire bowl of savoury goodness. Sadly, we found the Chinese flatbread a little too hard to our liking. But the dough sticks inside was one of the crispiest I've had - it's fried to perfection. I'll consider ordering the thinner version of the flatbread next time. Be sure to stop by Fu Hang if you ever visit Taipei!