A perfect day starts with the perfect breakfast; miss your breakfast and you’ll be as cranky as a troll but we often skip the most important meal of the day when we’re constantly on-the-go in Singapore. Why not start off your vacation by unwinding with a hearty Taiwanese breakfast? KKday introduces you five places you have to go for the perfect Taiwanese breakfast that will certainly give you the boost needed for your holiday!
1. Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk
Passed down for three generations, Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk is an eatery known for its long history of serving customers a mean cup of soybean milk. With over 60 years of positive track record among its loyal customers, Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk proved to be one of the most loved breakfast places in Taiwan — watch out for the queue while you’re there!
Other than ordering their famed soybean milk, pair your drink with some of Qin Lao Shi Soybean Milk‘s specialty — egg tarts, you char kway, Jiangsu Lionhead bun, cold-noodles and many more. Can’t believe or understand why people get up so early in the morning for this? To taste is to believe.
No. 4-1, Guangfu S Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Weekdays and weekends: 6am to 8pm
Public holiday: 6am to 3pm
2. Zhicheng Soy Bean
Zhicheng Soy Bean saw a sudden boom in their business after being coined as one of the ten must-eat breakfast place by Super Taste (a Taiwan variety show). Prior to its rise in popularity, Zhicheng Soy Bean has gaining the hearts of many travellers and passer-bys with its prime location at the bottom of Yangmingshan. People who frequent Yangmingshan claim the trip to Yangmingshan is incomplete until you have a taste of Zhicheng Soy Bean!
Feast upon one of Zhicheng Soy Bean‘s specialties — pancakes. Allow the floating aroma of eggs and onions enter your nose as you take a bite on the pancakes that are crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside.
You may also want to try their chives bento that has chives, beehoon, shrimps and other ingredients. Mhmm, we’re salivating at the thought of it. Get there early if you ever want to have a bite of their famed chives bento because Zhicheng Soy Bean only makes 60 boxes per day!
Address: No. 2-4, Section 1, Zhicheng Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Opening hours: 5am to 11am
3. Dingyuan Soy Milk
Casually pick up any Taiwan guidebook and you’ll spot Dingyuan Soy Milk gracing the pages. Not only is Dingyuan Soy Milk famous among locals and neighboring countries, its fame expanded to Paris with host-cum-chef Gregory Cuilleron making a trip to Taiwan specially to visit Dingyuan Soy Milk!
Dingyuan Soy Milk is perfect for late prowlers and early birds who wish to give in to their xiao long bao, egg tart and you char kuay cravings. Fun fact: apart from sweet beancurd, did you know there’s a salty version of it as well?
No. 30-1 Jinhua St., Taipei 10093, Taiwan
4am to 11:30am
4. Ah-Ji Breakfast
Ah-Ji Breakfast, known to be the most famous breakfast place, is hidden within the narrow alleys. Get your tastebuds ready to go for an adventure if you’re intending to make a pitt stop at at Ah-Ji Breakfast.
Order their classic chive-egg pastry stuffed with bacon and vermicelli. Maybe it doesn’t look appetising in photos, but can anyone ever reject bacon? Trust us, the bouncy texture of this breakfast will definitely keep you wanting for more. Frequent patrons of Ah-Ji Breakfast also love a good serving of carrot cake with onion and eggs along with what they call ‘the insider’s special’, chili fish — a type of black pepper teppanyaki noodle.
No. 16, Lane 53, Antai St, Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan 114
6am to 12.30pm
5. Fuhang Soy Milk
The previously mentioned beancurd places are famous in their own rights, but Fuhang Soy Milk is on a whole. new. level. Thirty minutes before Fuhang Soy Milk is opened, you can already find a snake forming outside, all of them waiting for the auspicious timing to get their hands on some yum yum in their tum tums.
Imagine a thick you char kuay — crunchy and soft — with the scent of sesame oil and onion floating in the air. Ooops, was that the sound of our drool hitting the ground? Wash the greasiness from the you tiao down with a bowl of Fuhang Soy Milk‘s savoury beancurd and you’re ready for your adventure of the day!
No. 108, Section 1, Zhongxiao E Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
5.30am to 12.30pm (or till it sells out)
Closed on Mondays
Still looking for more food in Taiwan?
Now that you’ve had your fill, it’s time to make full use of what you’ve ingested. Off for an adventure!