Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast
Breakfast shops are common in Taiwan. I typically head out to any of the traditional shops around my apartment (more than one within single mile radius), and have some soy milk.
These shops are usually open from 5 in the afternoon until 11 in the morning the following day; they’re open all night. They sell a wide variety of food stuff; some are fried, some are baked (traditional oven) and some are steamed. I personally like the steamed vegetable buns (tsài bāo), steamed red bean buns (hóngdòu bāo), steamed pot stickers (or dumplings – xiǎo lóng bāo) and the baked taro pastry, that round purplish ball you’ll see slightly off center in the picture below (I am yet to figure out the Chinese name for it since I usually just pick it out); which go with soy milk (dòujiāng). A quick note on the soy milk here: It tastes nothing like the soy milk I’ve tried in other countries (The soy milk in Cebu is very close but that’s probably because of the strong Chinese influence there.) or those bottled and sold in the department store. It’s got that earthy soy texture; nothing artificial and it’s not too sweet.
The ladies watching the shop this morning were absolutely friendly (considering that I completely forgot how to say “May I take some pictures?” in Chinese and went with the usual, point-at-my-camera gesture). One of them even stopped to give me this smile.
If you ever find yourself in Taipei and I’m not travelling elsewhere, I’ll take you to one of these shops. My treat. :)
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