Taipei Thing #7: Eat at Yong He Dou Jiang in the middle of the night

25 May

蛋餅 (egg pancake) and 蘿蔔糕 (radish cakes) - two of my favorites

Jonas is responsible for this suggestion as well. Despite the enormous meal at Nonzero, Katy, Ping, and I were somehow able to manage a little extra eating. Perhaps the walk to Eslite and all that browsing had helped us burn off some of our dinner?

The plan was to visit the popular Yong He Dou Jiang Da Wang (永和豆漿大王) on Fuxing South Rd. For as long as I’ve been in Taipei, this has been the go-to place for late night eats. Here’s what we saw when we arrived:

What? Foiled!

They were closed! Not a person in sight, either, so we couldn’t ask what was going on. I had never seen this place closed before, but apparently even the King takes a rest sometimes.

Luckily, the Yong He Dou Jiang name is ubiquitous throughout Taipei, and we were only a short taxi ride away from this lesser-known place, located at the corner of Xinyi and Guang Fu:

Who needs a Da Wang anyway? Katy marches in.

The breakfast was excellent, of course. The staff were all hard at work, making me wonder if they were just starting their shifts or nearly ready to go home.

A calm evening for the staff

This is where the magic happens.

Note the menu, which gives you an idea of how cheap breakfast can be in Taipei. The food in the header photo, 2 orders of 蛋餅 and 3 of 蘿蔔糕, add up to a grand total of $66 NT (or $2.05 USD!). I’ll admit that we couldn’t even finish it all – maybe we were more full from dinner than we had thought.

We also had the place to ourselves, which gave us a chance to share our book selections from Eslite and muse over the crumbling spackling of the restaurant’s walls.

The loot.

Katy, the happy reader.

Fine late night dining, Taipei style

The wall, up close. A flying buffalo? Or a hopping rabbit?

I had passed by this Yong He Dou Jiang before without giving it much thought, but now I think I might prefer it to the Yong He Dou Jiang royalty on Fuxing. It seemed much more homey and personal, and I like that in a restaurant. I’d also like to see what becomes of the spackling.

3 Responses to “Taipei Thing #7: Eat at Yong He Dou Jiang in the middle of the night”

  1. Julia May 27, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Yessss…this place was so close to my house I loved it! Aw, getting so nostagic. They have the most awesome shaobing, which not every place does.

    • ktvxiaojie May 28, 2010 at 10:23 am #

      I’ll definitely go there again, now that I know where it is. Will you ever come back for a visit?

  2. Jonas May 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    best 蛋餅 i’ve ever had!

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