Taipei City – Why I love the Taiwanese breakfast

Let’s go back to basics. 
Here are the breakfasts you should be enjoying whilst in Taiwan

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Fried egg pancake 
蛋餅
Fried egg pancakes are just one of those Taiwanese breakfast staples that pretty much every breakfast store sells. At anything between $30-$70, they’re certainly affordable! Often with such fillings as bacon, cheese, potato salad, tuna or corn, there’s something to please everyone.

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A good place to start would be Loco Food in the ZhongShan District, make sure to try their tuna fried egg pancake!
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Steamed bun 
包子
When we talk about steamed bun, there are a whole host of different flavours, but the most popular one by far is the pork bun. You can buy these from 7-11 for around $30 or buy them from a smaller Taiwanese breakfast store, too.

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You can even get one that doesn’t have meat inside (饅頭)and they can fry an egg and put it inside for you. Delicious, and sure to fill your belly to start the day.

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Soy Milk 
豆將
Soy milk should be the drink of choice for your Taiwanese breakfast. It is said to have its origins in YongHe 永和 which is located in the New Taipei City area. My recommendation 100% goes to YongHe Soy Milk Magnate 世界豆漿大王located near DingXi MRT station.

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Day or night, this place is booming, 24hrs a day. You can have it hot, cold, warm, sugary, unsweetened and salty with egg – so many ways to get your soy milk fix! For the seasoned soy milk drinker, go for the unsweetened one, but for the first time drinker I think the best way to start is cold and sugary.

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Breakfast sandwiches
Just like in the west, Taiwanese people love a good sandwich and like to put their own twist on them. My favourite is 上山採覓up in the ZhongShan District of Taipei near SongShan airport, where they first toast their bread over coals and then fill it with pork floss and fried egg.

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They also roast their tea over the coals and produce a delicious latte to kick off your morning, too.

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Fried radish cake 
蘿蔔糕
The Daikon radish is ever present in Asian dishes, none more so than the fried radish cake so often consumed for breakfast in Taipei. Also very popular in Cantonese style Dim Sum, the radish is processed into a paste, bacon pieces are added, slices are cut and it is then fried on the hot plate with a fried egg on top.

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Each breakfast place does theirs slightly differently, but I would say Tim Ho Wan would be a great option as theirs is wonderfully crispy on the outside, but deliciously soft on the in.

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Fried dough sticks 
油條
These dough sticks are fried fresh for you, and are dunked into your morning soy milk. They are (often, but not always) around 1 foot (30cm) long and can also be placed inside a toasted pastry 燒餅 and eaten like a sandwich.

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My recommendation is definitely the ones at FuHang Soy Milk 阜杭豆漿but be prepared to wait, as this place gets busy!

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Steamed Soup Dumplings
小籠包
Regardless of what time of day it is, these little beauties will hit the spot. For breakfast, it is certainly one of the best!

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This post is only a brief outline of what I like to eat, and what I feel you should be eating here, too. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so I like to take my time and really enjoy it.

If you have any recommendations on where your favourite breakfast is, then let me know!

Happy Eating!

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