I’ve probably mentioned how excited Ming was that we were coming to Taipei for a visit. She planned a whole itinerary for us to do, and when the news that there was a huge typhoon about to hit, we had to change our flights. Poor Ming and her itinerary was distraught. I’ve never felt so bad.
You know who else was distraught? Mama Bridges. Because she was just as excited as Mingy to take us around everywhere. The one thing she refused to let us go home without trying was a traditional Taiwanese breakfast.
There are heaps of famous ones around, so ask someone where is good. We hopped into a taxi and got him to drive us to his recommendation, which was the below….
I’m not even going to begin to try to type that out for two reasons.
Firstly, it’d take me forever. Secondly, apparently their name is used all accross Taiwan. The original shop that opened up long ago is somewhere else, and was so famous that people everywhere just use it’s name. They all do traditional breakfasts, and this is one of them.
I watched him cut that dough for so long. I love that kind of stuff.
It was jam-packed when we got inside, but thank our lucky stars that a group left just as we got in. There was a queue to sit in and take-away pretty much the minute we got to our seats.
Here’s their menu. You put how much you want of what, give it in and each thing will pop up when you’re ready.
The problem with these things is that I always order way too much, and it doesn’t help that I don’t actually know what half the stuff is or how big it is. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best….
We got some Cold Soybean Milk for Boy and I to try.
It was actually really good. I rarely like straight up milk of any sort (except chocolate) and this was probably one of the best I’ve had. Ming did say that Taiwan was good…
Mama Bridges went for her Hot Soybean Milk, which is drunk straight from the bowl.
Then very, very quickly, food started to appear. Hoorah for breakfast!
The first to arrive were dumplings, I think they were the Steamed Pork Dumplings…. so none for Bianca!
Next, the Cheese Chinese Omelette. It was like American cheese mixed into the omelette, which was then cut up into long strips.
Really really sorry and don’t hate me but I can’t remember what this one was… But I got two pictures of it soooo if you want it maybe show them the picture? Or I can ask Mama Bridges when we’re reunited… Maybe the Chopped Green Onions Crisp Biscuit?
This was the Fried Bread Stick, which I saw everyone having so I ordered it too. So yummy.
I ordered two portions and they put the second one in the bag. They cleared knew we weren’t able to finish it all. They were right.
Mama Bridges was excited for us to try Rice & Vegetable Rolls with Egg. It was literally vegetables inside the sticky rice with omelette wrapped around it.
Om nom nom.
Sorry sorry I can’t remember what this was either.. It might be the Onion Pancake but I cannot confirm for sure. Anyway, it was just like Roti Prata, so inevitably I loved it.
Next, the Turnip Cake/Fried White Radish Patty.
Then what I think are the Fried Leek Dumplings. Basically I wanted dumplings too, and I wanted veggie ones that I could actually eat. No pork (which seems to be in every single dumpling).
I also saw ‘Steamed Bun’ and thought it was like a bao, so I ordered the Steamed Buns with Eggs out of curiousity, thinking it was small. I was wrong. It was a big bread roll with egg in it… This also arrived in a bag, instantly presuming we couldn’t finish it. See what I mean about over-ordering?
It was an absolute breakfast feast.
Delicious, yes, but I can’t deny the fact that it was super oily and greasy, and after eating so much of it my tummy was not happy with me for the rest of the day.
We left as happy and cultured bunnies though. Boy and I poured the rest of our soybean milk into one cup so we could take it with us. The woman grabbed us and stopped us, and we thought we weren’t allowed to take the drink with us. Instead, she quickly put the plastic over the cup for us so it wouldn’t spill.
How absolutely freaking nice is that? I love you, Taipei!