When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And so when we were in Taipei recently, we had a traditional Taiwan breakfast of oily fried items and soya bean milk at a place known as Yong He Dou Jiang Taipei 永和豆漿. This is a popular breakfast place that opens early in the morning and was almost sold out when we reached there at around half past ten in the morning. It is located at the junction of Song Long Road and Yongi Road Lane 30.
There could be several places with the name Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿 in Taipei. This one is located near the shopping zone at the Xinyi District. The W Taipei Hotel, Eslite Bookstore and various department stores like Breeze and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi are a few minutes walk away. We used the Taipei City Hall Station exit 2 as a starting point for our navigation.
Yong He Dou Jiang Taipei is a shop with a few tables outside the shop and along the street. There was a short queue when we got there. The person running the shop will direct those next in line to places at the tables.
The menu is displayed on large board. Most items cost around NT$20 each. It seemed that the popular items were shao bing 燒餅, you tiao 油條, dan bing 蛋餅 and xiao long bao 小笼包. As the last item could be found in many other places we decided to have the first three items.
Here are pictures of the shao bing 燒餅 and you tiao 油條. The youtiao was similar to those we find in Singapore but more oily. The shao bing was more unusual, fried strips of dough and egg.
The best item was the dan bing 蛋餅. This seems to be also made of egg and flour but lightly fried like a pancake. The whole thing was made special by the tasty soy sauce based gravy with lots of spring onions. This was the highlight of our Taiwan breakfast at Yong He Dou Jiang 永和豆漿. All that food, washed down with a soya bean milk drink (dou jiang 豆漿) cost a grand total or around NT$85 – around S$5. A very reasonable price for breakfast for two in Taipei.