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Taiwanese Breakfast part 2

25 Sep

Another typical taiwanese breakfast (3 meals for me) today.

I tried a chocolate steamed bread (巧克力馒头). I tasted more like licorice than chocolate, and it was quite tasteless in fact. Not really good, but since it’s steamed, i guess that’s why it’s like this. I really like the shape though.

Secondly, i tried a congpao (葱包), with a lot of pepper, onion and some other plants but i’m not really sure of what it is. The bread tasted like real western bread, maybe less salted but there was quite a lot of pepper so it was hard to say. On the top, there were some seeds. Quite good.

Then, i went for the famous fried thing called Youtiao (油條) for taiwanese breakfast. Oily, fat, and even if it’s dough, that’s really empty inside, not like churros at all. And it’s salted. But just too oily for me.

Then tried the pancake i had last time but with cheese and bacon. They didn’t do it the same way as the other shop, and the taste was quite different, but this is like a real omelette. And the other pics are some i took in the morning. The one on the right is people queueing for their breakfast in the famous shop. The one in the middle is the shop i tried today.

Finally, i chose a little cake called supin or something like that. I thought there would be mean inside but it’s just like red beans execpt that’s white and the inside is a little bit like “pâte feuilletée”/puff pastry.

Din Tai Fung

22 Sep

One of my friends had a diner with a Taiwanese girl learning French, so i asked her if i could join them. It ended up that they were going to the restaurant I really wanted to go since I arrived, the famous Din Tai Fung. This restaurant is actually a chain, and they’re in a lot of different countries. You can even find 2 of them in the States and they’re supposed to make the best xiao long bao (dumplings). So imagine my happiness when I learned that we were going there!

We went to the Taipei 101 branch, and tried their pork xiao long bao (the most famous one), some with vegetables. To eat it, you have to pour 1 spoon of soy sauce for 3 spoons of vinegar, add ginger. First, you put your xiao long bao in your spoon, then you pierce it so that the juice flows in your spoon. You drink the juice, and then eat your xiao long bao with the sauce!

The pork ones were really good, but I already had better dumplings in China. It was really better than Kitchen Pucci because the dough is a lot thinner, and the dumpling juicier. So yeah, that were good dumplings. Besides that, we tried some Rou Bao: chicken bao, pork bao and vegetables bao. The pork one was the better. In fact, I don’t really enjoy their vegetable when it comes to filling. They are delicious when you eat them alone, but inside some dough, it’s not that good. The Bao were really good, with a lot of meat inside compared to the one I had for breakfast last time.
So far Din Tai Fung is my best dumpling restaurant in Taiwan. However, it’s also more expensive. For 3, you should count around 1000TWD.

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