Come Early or Leave Hungry: Fu Hang Dou Jiang

A version of this post originally appeared on Sugared & Spiced.

With breakfast joints occupying almost every other street corner in Taipei, Fu Hang Dou Jiang has done impressively well in attracting a loyal following of breakfast eaters who are willing to travel the distance and wait in a long queue, just to sink their teeth in one of the most satisfying shao bing (roasted flatbreads) in the city. This is what gets me up at 6:45am, even when I’m on holidays.

It’s a popular place, and it closes at 10am, so do your best to get there early or you may not get to eat.

Since 1958, Fu Hang has been churning out shao bing (燒餅, or roasted flatbread) and you tiao (油條, or deep-fried cruller) made fresh daily in the traditional Nanjing way. Look through the glass to get a feel of the hustle and bustle in the kitchen.

After a short wait, here’s what we got.

Fu Hang is most famous for its thick shao bing (厚燒餅 ), a flatbread that’s been roasted till it has risen to a satisfyingly fluffy and chewy thickness. The top is glazed with syrup, which creates a beautiful brown color when roasted, then sprinkled with white sesame for extra fragrance. Order it with a piece of you tiao and fried egg with scallions (55NTD) for a most gratifying combination.

Though the thin shao bing (薄燒餅) is less popular than its sibling, I find it just as satiating. This version is flakier and crisper in texture, and also comes in plain or with you tiao and/or fried egg.

See the difference: the thin is on the left, and the thick on the right.

I was once disgusted by the idea of salted soy milk (咸豆漿, 25 NTD), but now I’m a believer. This rather unattractive soup is basically fresh soy milk that had curdled with the addition of vinegar, and is served with crispy you tiao croutons, pickled mustard greens, scallions, cilantro, and chili oil. If you can get past its disagreeable appearance, you’ll taste one of the most satisfying bowls of soup in your life.

For the more timid souls, sweet soy milk (20 NTD) is the safer way to go.

What are you waiting for? Come early, or leave hungry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Average spend: 50-75 NTD

 

About the Writer

Taiwanese by origin, Cindy has moved around the world for quite a bit and is currently living in Paris in pursuit of her pastry dream. Whenever she is back in her hometown Taipei, she scours the city for some serious good eats and shares her culinary adventures through the blog Sugared & Spiced. Follow her on Facebook or Weibo.

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