TAIPEI — For foreign tourist travelers like me and my boyfriend, it’s important for us to know where the locals eat. So to see locals willing to lineup for half an hour for something is really worth trying — or we thought.
While back in the Philippines, Pan de Sal (salt bread) is one of the staple Filipino breakfast, we discovered that typical Taiwanese breakfast is also bread-based with loads of other carbs.
We already spent nearly a week in the city when we decided to try the popular Fu Hang Dou Jiang (华山市场) for a quick breakfast.
Accessible by bus and train (Shandao Temple Station Exit 5 of the Bannan Line), Fu Hang is just located inside a food court on the second level of Hu Shan Market building.
We arrived there at around 6:30 in the morning and surprisingly we only queued for nearly 15 minutes to reach the actual breakfast store.
The staffs are really friendly and accommodating despite the tension inside their open kitchen. Seats also easily run out inside so I asked my boyfriend to reserve our spot while I’m ordering.
That day each of us had Shiao Bing Jia Dan or thick flatbread with scrambled egg, Zhe Dou Jiang or hot soy milk, and a bowl of Xian Dou Jiang or salty soy milk.
Personally, I didn’t like the Shiao Bing Jia Dan. I find it too greasy and bland although the texture reminds me of a chewy Baguette. However, my boyfriend liked it and thought of getting another one. For a price of NT$ 25, this flatbread can already fill you up to lunch.
While many hailed this salty soy milk, even at fifth sip we both didn’t like it. The “salty” soy milk which is actually more of a savory soup with curdled soy milk and a mix of other ingredients like dried shrimp, pickled vegetables, chili sauce and chopped up fried crullers is probably our least favorite food in Taiwan for the entire trip.
Fortunately, the warm and sweet soy milk saved the breakfast experience.
Overall we didn’t regret that we’ve tried some of Fu Hang’s popular entries. Maybe what we had isn’t just for us — there’s no perfect dish naman for everyone.
That day, we spent the whole morning walking around Taipei City Mall and only felt hungry by past 1pm. The flatbread was worth it after all.