Taipei, December 2017 – A visit to Taipei would be incomplete if one didn’t have a traditional Taiwanese breakfast of soya milk, sticky rice rolls, frying pan (Youtiao) and roasted cake (Shao Bing) at Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang 永和豆漿大王. Everything is made fresh at this humble eatery that is open 24 hours a day.
Mr. King and I, along with our little K (age 5) went there on a Sunday morning – ok, not such great timing as there were two long queues for both takeaway and dine in. 15 minutes later, we were seated at one of the metal tables and stools in the “alfresco dining area”, enjoying our breakfast:
Hot soya milk – we prefer the plain unsweetened milk, though many like to try the salty soya milk which has frying pan (youtiao) and savoury condiments.
Sticky rice (also called Chinese rice ball) – stuffed with pork floss, preserved vegetables and fried dough. It was really delicious!
Roasted cake (shao bing) stuffed with plain egg omelette (or the shop called it egg pancake) – this sesame pastry was also tasty and not oily.
Roasted cake (shao bing) – for me, the plain shao bing was even better than the one stuffed with egg, although the other option is probably more popular for those craving for a heavier breakfast. This plain shao bing was light and crispy.
We went to Yong He again on other days of the week and there was no queue. So I suggest avoiding Sunday morning as the eatery gets quite crowded.
Both locals and tourists patronize the “Soya Milk King” (the literal translation of Yong He’s name). I enjoy soya milk and shao bing anytime during the day – makes a great health snack!
Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang – No. 102, Section 2, Fuxing South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.