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Taiwanese & Breads

27 Jul

I have always wondered why the world think that bread is unhealthy. I mean, it’s only flour, water, yeast and salt, how is that can be bad? But then, after coming to Taiwan, i understood why they say that. Actually, in most Asian countries it’s also the same: the definition of bread is totally different.
In France, according to the dictionnary, bread is: a food resulting from the cooking of a kneaded dough made of flour, salt, water and subjected to fermentation with yeast.
While in Asia, it seems that bread is everything that you can find in a bakery, including bun, croissants and other viennoiseries, all products, thus those made with butter. So for sure, the definition of “bread” in Asia is unhealthy. The first time when i was working and for lunch, everyone was asking for “breads” but came back with bum or viennoiseries, i didn’t understood. Actually in Taiwan, you have only two categories: cakes and breads, nothing else. They also don’t see the difference in terms of unhealthiness between real bread and viennoiries and buns. And since they don’t like crispy and hard bread, they will naturally choose butter, milk or sweet “breads”. Differences of culture.
While in France we usually like our bread well cooked and crispy, here you have a lot of buns, milky loaf bread, nearly uncooked and totally white breads, and a lot of flavored breads, like red wine and cheese bread, banana chocolate bread, chicken curry, maple sirup…they look like actual bread, but they’re not crispy.
The shape is also different. in Taiwan bread are smaller, usually for 1 person, rounder and thicker, like 2 times thicker than in France. That’s because of the filling (cheese, bacon, cream, honey, chocolate, butter chicken, onion, fruits, nuts…). And usually they sell only half of a bread. Price is also more expensive than in France curiously.

Now bakeries also work at different pace. In France, they open at 7/8am until 8pm usually. Here it’s more 9/10am to 10pm.

In the end, Taiwanese bread and French bread don’t have anything in common, so i don’t know why they love to put “french bread style” or french everywhere while actually it doesn’t even exist in France. Just like French fries. Why French? We’re not even sure that’s French! (even if we don’t really know yet from where it’s from). For French people, fries come from Belgium not France. But that’s another subject.

Anyway, i tried several Taiwanese breads for a few weeks, including pumkpin bread, nut and cheese bread, and this one, the mix nuts bread. It had peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pumkin seeds, sesamy, dried grape and some other seeds that i don’t know. It’s pretty good compared to what i thought, and even though the bread is not crispy, the nuts make it crunchy.

 

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Wendel’s bakery

20 Nov

Oh oh oh, Christmas spirit is not dead! In some shop, you can feel it! And particularly in this German bakery called Wendel that i spotted on a hungry girl’s website and that i wanted to try. We went there to eat some cakes: delicious. It’s more the ” homemade” type, so don’t expect refined pastries, but you have delicious good cakes including rhubard pie, apple pie, marbré, chocolate cake, rasperry chocolate crumble, vanilla crumble, opera, ginger bread, Stollen, banana cake… You also have a wide range of real bread and bretzels.

  Their marbré is really good, tender (happy butter!), and their chocolate cake not heavy at all despite its look. Actually i don’t know which one i prefer between Lalos and Wendel. Maybe Lalos is more refined and with a little stronger chocolate taste and a little bit drier, and this one is softer. So it’s not really the same. I love them both. Rhubard pie is not strong enough in rhubard for me, i usually like the bitterness in it, but here the pastry was to thick for it and with nuts so the rhubarb wasn’t that strong.

I couldn’t resist to buy a ginger bread (but look at it, it’s so cute, how can you possibly resist to that!). That’s my first time eating ginger bread like this (but i wanted something to remind me Christmas!) and it’s nice. The cinammon taste isn’t that strong, the biscuit isn’t too hard neither and not chewy as i was scared it would be. Nice one, but not my favorite cake ever.

The bakery can become a restaurant, so if you want to eat German that’s also a possibility.
You can count around 80 TWD for a piece of cake.

Wendel’s Bakery
28, Ln. 260, Gwang fu S. Rd.
Daan Dist., Taipei
MRT: SYS Memorial

Lalos: a MOF in Taipei

7 Nov

I’m glad. Really. I found a MOF in Taipei. With nice cakes and breads. Better than Kayser (i think). And with French bakers (yeah yeah yeah, i said hello to one of them, and i heard some Taiwanese women saying that one was quite awesome -funny thing is that they were 40 years old women acting like teenagers in front of a baker in his 20’s….). I love Taiwanese, they’re so cute.

Anyway, that’s not the point here. The bakery is a French bakery from Frederic Lalos, a 1997 MOF who also has the brand “Le quartier du pain” in Paris & Boulogne. I tried a slice of a Marbré, a Palet breton and a white chocolate cookie. They have a lot of bread which are nice (i taste the samples), and not too soft even with the huge rain outside (which is really nice compared to the Carrefour bread that are more chewing gums than breads…). You can also spot cannelés, muffins, real sandwiches, croissants, pains au chocolat, croissants aux amandes (that look like ones contrary to Kayser in Taipei), financier, sablés, flan… It’s cheaper than Paul and better, and closer for me, so that’s perfect.

Now the review. The Marbré was really good. Not too dry and heavy, with chocolate but not too much. I came back to my grand mother’s place when i ate it. Just loved it.
The palet breton was quite plain, not salty enough for me, but i think they mixed the “sablé” and the “palet breton” on the board because it was definitely like a simple sablé. Anyway, i’ll not buy that again since it’s too simple.

The cookie with white chocolate and nuts: Melting inside and crispy on the borders. Nice, but not awesome. I’ll keep the marbré for me.

What is strange is that i had more pleasure into eating a simple marbré than the Aoki pie, even if it was delicious. Because the marbré reminded me home and family, while Aoki was good but maybe too “cold”. That’s the first time that something like this happens….

Lalos
Taipei 101 B1

MRT: Taipei City Hall

Eric Kayser Taipei

20 Sep

I tried the Brioche and a “sablé”, a simple one with butter (again in the description in the shop, i recognized “milk”, as if it was something healthy…).

The sablé was nice, but i would have baked it a little longer i guess. Otherwise the taste is great, you can smell the butter but not too much, and the sugar too on the border of the biscuit. Nice but not unforgettable.

The Brioche was with chocolate and orange peels. I didn’t expect the orange peels, but it was really nice. The flavor is here again, but it was starting to dry a little at each end of the brioche, so maybe add a little butter and also make it softer.

In the end, the shop is quite like in Paris (good but not awesome), except that the bread is twice as expensive as in France (100TWD) and that the “baguette” is more expensive than unconventional breads like the curcuma or olive ones (that’s quite strange…). You also can find some Taiwanese bakeries i guess because they sell strange flavors that you can’t find in France shops.
However, their almond croissants look awful. I even wonder how they can present it to customers. It doesn’t look like croissant at all, just likea cake that was too cooked and you can’t even find the croissant shape.

Of another funny thing! They sell brioche that looks exactly like “biscotte” (continental toast)! We were looking at them and my friend was saying that she needed some for her breakfast, so she took it, and was surprised to find it was a brioche!

It’s quite expensive for here, so once it’s a while it’s ok. It cost me 210 TWD for one little bread, 1 brioche and one biscuit.

B2 Breeze Shopping Mall

MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing

Eric Kayser

31 Aug

This is supposed to be THE bakery, since this guy supplies the best restaurants of Paris in breads. I’ve heard a lot about Eric Kayser bakeries, so i expected a lot. I’ll say that’s quite a disappointment. I mean, the bread is good, yes, better than average, but i’ve tasted better breads from less famous bakeries, so there’re no need to make such a mountain for this bakery.

Of course, you have a lot of choices. That i can’t deny. You have yogourt bread, Curcuma bread, Fig bread, a lot of different baguettes, so you have a lot of choices, and that is great.
I bought 3 breads to try: the Curcuma one, the Fig one and a Paline Baguette.

The Paline Baguette is quite much like a traditional bread, like a couronne. It is great, but something is laking and doesn’t taste as good as the couronne we usually eat. It’s not as crispy as a couronne, and it’s not going to well with the ‘heavy’ crumb. The crust is too soft i personnally think.


The curcuma bread is quite like a bun, soft too, not like a traditional bread. The color is really funny though, all yellow. However, again i’m disappointed by the taste. You don’t taste the flavor of the curcuma at all, only the nuts. I can’t say that’s because i ate something with it and it made the flavors disapear, because i ate it alone.


The Fig one is the best of the 3 i think. You can smell the fig, and even if the bread was quite soft too, you still keep the taste. Just it’d be better if the crust was crispy.

In the end, you can go for it if you’re looking for different & unusual breads, but it’s not worth making the trip only for that if you go there for the best quality. It’s good, better than average, but that’s all for me.

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Voici LA supposée boulangerie, celle qui fournie les meilleurs restaurants de la capitale. J’avais beaucoup entendu parler des boulangeries d’Eric Kayser, et passant devant, je me suis laissée tenter. Peut-être qu’à cause de ce que j’avais lu, je m’attendais à trop, mais en j’ai été assez déçue par ses pains. Bien sûr, ils sont bons, mais pas de là à en faire tout un fromage.

Bien sûr, il y a un nombre important de pains différents, ce qui est très bien en soit, avec plein de choix de baguettes, des pains au yaourt, au curcuma, aux figues, des tourtes…Pour ça, oui, ces boulangeries ont un gros avantage.
J’ai testé 3 pains: figues, curcuma et baguette Paline.
La baguette Paline a le même gôut que les pains traditionnels comme la couronne, mais la croute n’est pas assez croustillantes pour pouvoir se comparer à une couronne, alors que la mie reste aussi lourde, ce qui rend le pain pas très agréable en bouche. Donc il garde le goût de la couronne sans vraiment l’égaler.

Le Pain Curcuma, allez savoir pourquoi il porte ce nom, sachant qu’on ne sent pas le curcuma mais les fruits à coques. Il ressemble plus à du pain brioché, assez mou, sans croute croustillante. Sa couleur est rigolote, tout jaune, mais il reste fade en gôut.
Le pain au figue restera mon préféré des 3. On sent bien la figue, même si là encore, la croute mériterait à être plus croustillante.

Au final, si vous cherchez des pains inhabituels et différents, c’est bien l’endroit, mais si vous cherchez le meilleur pain de la ville, passez votre chemin. Le pain reste bon, beaucoup mieux que la moyenne, mais certainement pas le meilleur.

Les Délices de la Vallée

5 Aug

This is the best traditional bread i usually eat when i’m on holiday in Dordogne. Their bread is always amazing and i can’t understand why we can’t find the same in Paris. We used to go to another bakery but since the owner retired, we go there. The other bakery was so famous in the cities around that all the supermarkets and shops sell his bread. This was called Le Pain de Meyral (the Meyral Bread), from the name of the town the bakery was located (the town was so small that there was only one bakery). Now someone else took over this bakery, but since we were not sure about this new bread, we prefered to go to another town to eat another delicious bread.

So if you’re in the area, just look at this Couronne, doesn’t i look amazing?

They also have another bread called le Rustique. They say it’s the same bread and yeast but it doesn’t really have the same taste, maybe because of the shape. I really prefer the couronne to the rustique, which is less easy to cut anyway and dries quicker than the couronne that you can keep 3 days easily.

Also we tried their viennoiseries. My parents said it bring them back to the past they are “rustic”. I don’t really like them, the croissants aren’t as thin and crispy as those from des Gateaux & du Pain. Maybe that’s because i don’t know old viennoiseries…

Les Délices de la Vallée
Rue Gambetta
24220 Saint-Cyprien

Kougelhof from Des gâteaux & du Pain

17 Jul

I told my parents to go to Des gâteaux & du Pain to buy bread for the dinner, and they couldn’t resist to buy this Kougelhof (Kouglof). This is a special bread from Alsace, a region in France that has a border with Germany. They have a lot of typical food and i’d like to try them all. For example, the recipe of the Chinois that you can find on my blog is also from this region. They have a strong identity, and i really like regions like that, Brittany is like this too.

Well, i wake up this morning to take a picture of this Kougelhof, but as you can see, someone didn’t wait for me to taste it. ;p. I had never tried any before that i can remember. This is a bum with almonds, dried grapes and puffy cream. As for my, the bum was great, not too dry (i always choke with bum and rice and couscous because i eat too quickly. I can’t help it, if it’s good, i eat quickly so that i can be the first one to serve myself again and i can have more *=* that’s my strategy!). However, there were not enough grapes and almonds in the bum and i barely felt the puffy cream that was in the middle. So i was a little disappointed. But i’m a total stranger to Kougelhof so i don’t know if there should have more cream or dried fruits…
So i still prefer their croissants & pains au chocolat.

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J’ai demandé à mes parents d’aller à Des gâteaux & du Pain pour acheter le pain pour le diner, et ils n’ont pas résisté à la tentation d’acheter un Kougelhof (et le même pain que la dernière fois d’ailleurs, alors qu’il y en a plein de différents). Le Kougelhof est une spécialité alsacienne. J’aime les régions avec une forte identité, comme l’Alsace et la Bretagne, parce que souvent elles ont des particularités culinaires qu’elles seules savent faire et qu’il est difficile de trouver ailleurs. Le Chinois, dont vous pouvez trouver la recette sur le blog, est aussi de cette région.

Donc, je me suis levée ce matin pour prendre en photo le fameux Kougelhof avant que quelqu’un ne le commence, mais j’ai pu voir qu’on ne m’avais pas attendu pour l’entamer. D’aussi loin que je m’en souvienne, je n’en avais  jamais mangé.
Il s’agit d’une brioche avec des amandes, des raisins secs et de la crème pâtissière au centre. J’ai trouvé la brioche bonne, sucrée comme il faut, pas trop sèche, je ne me suis pas étouffée contrairement à mon habitude (je suis une professionnelle de la stratégie ” je-mange-vite-pour-me-resservir-plus-vite-et-en-avoir-plus”, mais je m’étouffe avec les brioches le riz et le couscous en général). Par contre, j’ai trouvé qu’il manquait de raisins secs dans la brioche et on sentait à peine la crème pâtissière au centre. Après, vu que je ne connais pas le produit réellement, je ne peux pas juger.
Un peu déçue donc, je reste sur leurs pains au chocolat et croissants.

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