Think egg crepes, fried dough sticks and soybean milk. These are my favourite Taiwanese breakfast places around town.
Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿
Famous for their Thick Shao Bing (hou shao bing 厚燒餅) (pictured), Egg Crepe (dan bing; 蛋餅), Soy Milk (re dou jiang 熱豆漿) and long lines. Hot and fresh, this place is definitely worth the wait. The indoor kitchen is also good for hygenic people who may be turned off by the usual outdoor kitchen. If you’re going at 9am, expect about half an hour wait on weekdays and an hour on weekend. Don’t worry if you’re hungry, there will be a man from the pineapple cake store next door offering you free samples in the language of your choice as you wait for your breakfast.
Yong He Soy Milk King 永和豆浆大王
The 24 hour OG Yong He Soy Milk King. Don’t be fooled by the other Yong He Dou Jiangs （永和豆漿）you will see around, because nothing beats this store. I love their egg crepe (dan bing; 蛋餅), fried dough stick pancake (shao bing you tiao; 燒餅油條), rice roll (fan tuan; 飯糰), sweet soy milk (tian dou jiang; 甜豆漿) and salty soy milk (xian dou jiang; 鹹豆漿) – and you can get all this for around $5 USD. The line here is considerably shorter than Fu Hang, so when choosing between the 2, it’s always a choice of convenience between travel time and wait time.
Zhao Can Dian 找餐。店
Great place for a crispy egg crepe (dan bing; 蛋餅) and Taiwanese style french toast (fa shi tu si; 法式吐司) (oh the irony). If you’re an egg crepe fan, this is definitely worth checking out. But be warned – they sell out of them quickly. When I went at 9:30am on a weekday, I got their last egg crepe for the day.
LoCo Food 樂口福
Another one for egg crepe (dan bing) fans, LoCo Food makes fusion egg rolls (dan juan; 蛋捲) served in a hipster setting. If you can’t see seating when you arrive, don’t worry cause they have restaurant seats at the back.