哈肯舖手感烘焙 Hogan Bakery – Taipei, Taiwan


Most tourists who visits Taipei don’t go for bakeries like I do. Cos I have a passion for breads! I just can’t resist them and I heard from my friend in Taipei, she said this is an award winning one. So since I was there for lunch, I went there to get some of their breads to try. Breads are good but I still feel Top Pot Bakery has a better texture to their breads.

Me outside the store
Me outside the store
Inisde the store... super crowded
Inisde the store… super crowded
Sausage baguette
Sausage baguette
Some cheese bread
Some cheese bread
Ham and cheese
Ham and cheese
Bill
Bill

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Very good. Different texture from Top Pot Bakery but nice nevertheless. Didn’t try their award winning one cos all were sweet. I’m more to savory side.

Portion: Average

Service: Very good

Ambience: A little crampy when choosing the bread… maybe cos of my size… ;P

Price: See bill

RTE: Yeah!

Location: They have 6 outlets. The one I went is at Banqiao. http://www.hoganbakery.com.tw/eshop//article/index.php?ncid=79

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浣花草堂素食餐厅 – Taipei, Taiwan


Took a MRT to Banqiao station to meet up with friends over lunch while I was in Taipei. The train station is connected to a pretty big mall and loads of shops and food court at the basement. Huge selection for food. But friends are vegetarian hence I was brought to this place which I thought price is reasonable and quite tasty for vegetarians visiting Taipei. Sorry for the poor pics cos lighting in the restaurant was really dim…

Front
Front
Some award for good restaurant
Some award for good restaurant
View from inside...
View from inside…
Menu Sample 2
Menu Sample 2
Menu sample 1
Menu sample 1
Salad that comes with the set meal
Salad that comes with the set meal
Some tofu set meal friend ordered
Some tofu set meal friend ordered
My mushroom hotplate set meal
My mushroom hotplate set meal
Quite nice
Quite nice
Dessert with my set meal
Dessert with my set meal
Milk Tea is so-so
Milk Tea is so-so
Bill... quite affordable actually
Bill… quite affordable actually
Locations
Locations

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Quite good and every set is prepared on the spot. A little oily though. But they offer a lot of variety in their menu for the vegetarians!

Portion: Average

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Wooden seats are not comfortable and place is a little dim…

RTE: Probably not cos I’m not a vegetarian 🙂

Location: See last pic.

Top Pot Bakery – Taipei, Taiwan


This bakery actually needs no introduction… they are everywhere in Taiwan… 18 branches in all. They are also established in HK and Shanghai. With 小S advertising for them, their name can only go higher. But my purpose is to draw your attention to their breads. I must say, their bread is really good. Not those soft and light type. This is wholesome and soft, really nice. So when in Taiwan next, try their breads for brekkie or tea. But the crowd is scary during peak hours so be prepared. But after the queue, it’s all worth it. 🙂

Shop front @ Shilin Night Market
Shop front @ Shilin Night Market
Check out their range of breads! Yum!
Check out their range of breads! Yum!
Look at the crowd at 4pm off peak period... But at least the staff here in this Shilin outlet is very very nice and helpful... Maybe size does really matter... haha
Look at the crowd at 4pm off peak period… But at least the staff here in this Shilin outlet is very very nice and helpful… Maybe size does really matter… haha
This is their Royal Crown... If you're a cheese lover, BUY THIS!!! TWD80
This is their Royal Crown… If you’re a cheese lover, BUY THIS!!! TWD80
Check out the cream cheese inside... awesome!
Check out the cream cheese inside… awesome!
Forgot the nameof this but there is a menu there you can refer... Not bad too, loads of cheddar inside... TWC100
Forgot the nameof this but there is a menu there you can refer… Not bad too, loads of cheddar inside… TWC100
Cheddar upclose...
Cheddar upclose…
Another cheese bread with loads of cream cheese inside... TWD70
Another cheese bread with loads of cream cheese inside… TWD70
Cream cheese not as much as Royal Crown
Cream cheese not as much as Royal Crown
Scone With Raisins
Scone With Raisins
Scone
Scone

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Awesome! Really must try!

Portion: Above average.

Service: Shilin branch is excellent!

Ambience: Love the all black decor!

RTE: Hell yeah!!!

Location: 台北市士林區大東路11-7號 ( 距捷運劍潭站步行約 3 分 ) Tel: 02-2883-5122. http://www.tpbakery.com

金满园排骨 – Taipei, Taiwan


You know, the food in just Ximending alone, cannot complete writing on them! So many choices and food types! Ok will try to write on other parts of Taipei soon. But this place is worth mentioning because all their pork chops and fried stuff are served hot from the wok. Hence have to wait a little for your food to come. This place is always full of people because not only it’s nice but also generous in their portions and at the same time, very affordable!

Store front
Store front
Very small shop but always crowded
Very small shop but always crowded
Pork Chop Rice
Pork Chop Rice
Chicken drumstick rice
Chicken drumstick rice
Free clear soup which is actually quite tasty!
Free clear soup which is actually quite tasty!
Rice comes with veg and 卤肉 sauce!
Rice comes with veg and 卤肉 sauce!
Prawn Roll
Prawn Roll
Check out the pork chop!
Check out the pork chop!

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Served piping hot and taste pretty good! Loads of veg and bits of braised pork is poured on top of your rice to make it more tasty! Pork is tender inside, crispy outside. No used oil smell. Prawn roll is also awesome!

Service: I reckon it’s family-run business hence you’ll feel very homely here. Service is really good as they introduced to me what is their best sellers, etc.

Portion: Slightly above average

Ambience: Very small shop… hence will be crowded during peak hours…

Price: Very affordable. Mostly less than TWD$100 per set.

Location: 台北市武昌街2段82巷3弄1号(武昌诚品对面巷内). They have 2 more outlets at Taoyuan airport and 新北市. Tel: 2331-5194. http://www.kmy1973.com.tw.

老天禄卤味 – Taipei, Taiwan


If you’re heading to Taipei, you need to try this. This is a traditional shop selling really awesome braised foodstuff since the 50s. To be honest, I didn’t know about this place and I believe not many tourists know as well. I happened to chance upon this place while in Ximending. I was wondering why so many people are in this shop all the time! So I decided to check it out…

Big bright signage you can't miss
Big bright signage you can’t miss
Always full of people
Always full of people
Look at all that wings and parts all well braised....
Look at all that wings and parts all well braised….
Mushroom Balls.... Very Q and tasty!
Mushroom Balls…. Very Q and tasty!
Duck gizzard.... Nice and soft...
Duck gizzard…. Nice and soft…
Nicely braised without over cooking
Nicely braised without over cooking

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: The flavor soaks through the meats and foodstuff. They have many types from poultry to beanstuff. Their best sellers are duck tongue (which I passed) and duck wings. They carry pineapple tarts and crispy pork in their shop too. The sun cake is nice too! They even have pre-packs for souvenirs!

Portion: N.A.

Price: Cheap I must say. For example, chicken wing is only TWD$20 (S$0.80) and duck wings are TWD$27 (S$1.08).

RTE: Yeah!!! I didn’t have stomach space left to try all their stuff!!!

Location: One and only stall in Ximending. 台北市武昌街二段55号. Opening hours: 0930-2200hrs. Check their online store at www.lautianlu.com.tw.

三兄妹豆花 – Taipei, Taiwan


This is a famous dessert joint in Ximending… From silky soft soy beancurd, they have expanded to a full range of colorful desserts which is a must visit when in Taipei. Check out the following:

Store Front
Store Front
Basement Sitting
Basement Sitting
Menu
Menu
Order List
Order List
Beancurd with some yam flour thing
Beancurd with some yam flour thing
Mango Snow Dessert With Ice-Cream
Mango Snow Dessert With Ice-Cream

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Desserts are tasty cos they are sweet with loads of sugar and flavoring. But the beancurd is really soft and silky. All other desserts are a bonus. Great for cooling down during summer!

Portion: Average

Price: See pic

RTE: Yes if still have stomach space… Guys are not like girls… always got spare stomach for desserts! ;P

Location: http://goo.gl/maps/KUX5U. Tel: 02-2381-2650. Opens daily from 1100-2230hrs.

港记酥皇 – Taipei, Taiwan


What is a trip to Taiwan without buying any snacks back for your friends and relatives? I know many people would frequent ChiaTe for the favourites like pineapple tarts and perhaps cranberry tarts as well. But I came across this shop in Ximending, not just they make you feel at home with their friendly approach, they are offering free flow sampling as long as you’re in their shop! I seriously dunno if it’s because they know me or found me familiar but I saw other customers sampling as well! Best of all, they actually work with the neighbouring hotels and provide delivery services before your flight back! Reason is that they have some items like cheesecakes and green bean cakes which have to be refrigerated. Hence they will pack ready for you just before your flight in foam boxes with ice packs inside.

The shopping experience in this shop is a hundred times better than that of ChiaTe… they are really damn cocky! I was in their shop for a good 10 mins before realizing that I had to self-serve myself and no tasting! You have to buy a piece to taste it yourself! Worse still, traffic is really bad there and parking is rare. Unlike where 港记 is, parking is ample!

Shop Front
Shop Front
Right side of shop
Right side of shop
Left side of shop
Left side of shop
Taken from inside the shop
Taken from inside the shop
Awesome Cheesecake!!!
Awesome Cheesecake!!!
They froze it hence it tasted like ice cream!
They froze it hence it tasted like ice cream!
I spotted a familiar face... It's my friend Chew Chor Meng up on the wall!
I spotted a familiar face… It’s my friend Chew Chor Meng up on the wall!
Free rice for my purchase
Free rice for my purchase!

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Must buys are the cheesecake, green bean cake, sun cake (lovely milky taste to it), crispy paper pork, pineapple tarts. I find the stuff here taste better than ChiaTe’s… You guys gotta try it yourself to know!

Portion: Standard

Price: Cheaper than ChiaTe’s!

RTE: Yes definitely will be back to buy more supplies!

Location: 台北市漢中街6號之2. Tel: 02-2375-1967. Opens daily from 09:30 – 22:00. They have 2 more outlets, check out their website for more info http://www.twkongkee.com.tw.