Breakfasts in Taipei

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, what's better is that Taiwan's breakfast selection is really awesome! I couldn't stress enough how much I look forward to a hearty and wholesome breakfast every morning in Taiwan. It has got to be my favourite meal of the day.

With that, I concluded that the following are my favourite breakfast joints in Taipei so far.


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108, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 2, Hankou Street, No. 56

Talking about cheap and good gyoza (Japanese style pot stickers) and dumplings, nothing beats 八方雲集 (Ba Fang Yun Ji). The gyoza cum dumpling specialist brings gyoza and dumplings to a whole new level by offering curry, kimchi, cabbage and chives gyoza and dumplings apart from the usual ones with pork filling.

The gyoza and dumplings are cooked upon ordering and served pipping hot to you. We got the gyoza in original, curry and kimchi flavours and none failed my expectations. Regardless of the variant, each gyoza and dumpling comes with generous and juicy filling. Together with the crispy pan-fried skin, it's a party in my tummy.

We don't usually order gyoza and dumplings as a main in Singapore because 1 serving of 6's cost like $4 onwards and it's not exactly filling. But in Ba Fang Yun Ji, you can't stop at 1 and trust me, you will be consuming the gyoza and dumplings as if it's buffet style because they sell it in singular pieces and 1 piece of gyoza or dumpling only cost around $0.20 to $0.30. The gyoza and dumplings have proved itself to be a worthy main dish.

Apart from gyoza and dumplings, they have other dishes like soups, noodles etc (menu varies for different outlets).

If you love gyoza and dumplings, you will enjoy it like I do.

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108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Section 2, Kaifeng Street, No. 36

This has got to be my new found favourite breakfast spot in Taipei. With more than 20 types of sandwiches and burgers to choose from, choosing what to order is indeed a #firstworldproblem. And this is not inclusive of crepes and noodles! Times like this, I wish I have 4 stomachs like a cow.

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I settled for pork chop toast with an additional egg and my sister got the chicken patty toast. I don't know how and why but Taiwan's pork chop is the best. I don't have a liking for pork chop until I tried those at Taiwan. The patty is so tender, unlike those in Singapore where the meat is pretty tough and some even got that weird porky taste.

A really simple and satisfying breakfast.


108, Taiwan 30 Hankou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei

Getting There 
西门 (Ximen) Station (Green / Blue Line), Exit 6

Declared my love for 永和豆漿 (Yong He Dou Jiang) in my previous Taiwan's post. Undoubtedly, I had to go there again and to eat the same thing, pork chop bun with egg. Still so good!!

My love, pork chop bun with egg. 

And my sister's chicken floss bun with egg.

There are many raves on their dough fritters (you tiao) and shao bing however, my sister and I never liked those food so we didn't get them.

Was there at around 6 in the morning in order to be on time for my flight in the early afternoon and was so happy to step into an empty shop. Wanted to have this on the other day but the shop was really packed and busy which then we patronised another 永和豆漿 outlet across the road.

Looking at the exterior, this outlet seemed pretty new and modern. There was also a crowd at the shop, guessed everyone headed here after a failed attempt at the original 永和豆漿.
Breakfast selection was pretty different from the original store and it wasn't as extensive.

We got bacon and egg crepe and Taiwanese version of fried carrot cake.

This was probably the worst breakfast I had in Taiwan. Unfortunately, only the soy bean milk was good. The crepe and fried carrot cake was dry and plain, it just didn't taste good. Now I came to a realisation that only tourists visit this outlet thinking that the food is similar. If you ever want to try 永和豆漿, do visit the traditional shop. 


They say when in Taiwan, you need to visit 鼎泰丰 (Din Tai Fung) since it's originated there. But I've seen couple of reviews mentioning that the original ones are no different from those we get in Singapore. Hence, we decided to go to their rival, 高記 (Kao Chi), which the locals frequently patronised. 

No. 1 Yongkang Street, Taipei City, Taiwan

Getting There
东门 (Dong Men) Station (Red / Yellow Line), Exit 5

Located just a few shops away from the original Din Tai Fung at the famous 永康街 (Yong Kang Street), Kao Chi is a 3 storey restaurant that specialised in Shanghainese and Hong Kong Dim Sums, their menu are pretty similar to Din Tai Fung's.

Compared to Din Tai Fung which had a long dragon queue, the exterior of Kao Chi looked cold. Probably overshadowed by their competitor. 

We only ordered xiao long bao and shrimp dumpling (siew mai) cause we thought that the other dim sums will be quite similar, its all about pork and shrimp filling. 

Surprisingly, the xiao long bao tasted similar to Din Tai Fung's with the perfect ratio of meat and broth. Top the delicate mini pau together with shredded ginger and vinegar, and you will be in Xiao Long Bao heaven. 

However, the shrimp dumplings was a disappointment. There was this weird fishy / porky taste which made this dish pretty disgusting.

Conclusion is, there is no reason to give this hidden gem a miss if you are an avid lover of xiao long bao. For a safer option, yes you should go to Din Tai Fung, cause their standard is always there and they can't go wrong. But if you are looking at a place with nice atmosphere with a lower price point, Kao Chi is the place to go, just don't go for their shrimp dumplings.

To be honest, I can't wait to be back at Taiwan again to discover more awesome breakfast spots. In my itinerary, there are a couple of breakfast places which I didn't manage to visit this time round. I need to be there again! Getting sick of Singapore's limited breakfast choices.



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