Category Archives: breakfast

snacks/taiwanese: yong fung sheng (永豐盛)

date january 22, 2011

contact No. 111, Shida Rd., Taipei/02.2365.8619/台北市師大路111號

hours Tuesday-Sunday 07:30-23:00

price 15-30NT per bun

rating ♥♥♥♥ (4 hearts out of 5)

nearest mrt Taipower (台電大樓捷運站)

Ever see that really long line in front of that little store on Shida Road that has all the mantou (饅頭) in front? I’ve passed by it many times over the last few years and never stopped to get anything, but I always thought that it looked pretty tasty. After wandering around Shida Night Market, Stephanie and I decided to give it a try.

As usual there was a line. Even though it was 9pm there were still a lot of people waiting. Luckily, the line goes pretty quick. We waited under 10 minutes. A lot of people seem to get a lot of mantou to save for breakfast. I heard the woman say something about if you keep them in the fridge they keep for five days; no fridge, about two days (I think…).

They have many flavors of mantou on the menu from chocolate to taro to whole wheat to fresh milk. According to the menu the molasses, fresh milk and taro are their most popular flavors. I did not get mantou this time, but they looked delicious so I will be trying them soon. They also have many flavors of steamed buns. I got the pork bamboo bun (鮮肉筍包) for 20NT and Stephanie got the Yilan onion roll (宜蘭蔥花包) for 25NT.

The onion roll was pretty tasty. It was served steaming hot. The bread was nice and fluffy and there was a nice subtle onion flavor.  If you’re expecting something super flavorful, you’ll probably be disappointed. The flavor is pretty light and it’s not really salty if you’re expecting really savory.

When you bite into the roll, you’ll find a lot of green onion. Pretty tasty.

I love bamboo, so I had to try the pork bamboo bun (鮮肉筍包) for 20NT. It was pretty good. Like the onion roll, it was served steaming hot and the bread was nice and fluffy.  I was pretty satisfied with the contents of my bun. The flavor was pretty subtle, but subtle is good sometimes. I really like salt, but in the case of a steamed bun, less is more. The bamboo had a nice crunch, and the pork was seasoned just enough. I would get this again.

Overall, I like this place. It’s a great place for a cheap filling snack. Stephanie got also got some soymilk, but it wasn’t very good. It was pretty watery and considering how much good soymilk there is in Taiwan, there’s no reason to spend money on anything less than great. Next will be some mantou. So many flavors. Guess I’ll just have to go back multiple times.

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moulin rouge.

date 11.09.08

contact 887 Geary St/San Francisco, CA 94109/415.928.0158

hours none posted

price >$10

Originally we had planned to go to the Original Pancake House in Fremont, but decided that for the sake of time and convenience we’d go somewhere closer. Ashley’s friends had all told her about a breakfast place in San Francisco called Moulin Rouge that was supposed to serve great breakfast. After doing some yelping and reading some reviews, we figured we’d give it a shot. I mean, you never know until you try it yourself.

We knew that if we went to the Original Pancake House on a Sunday around 10am we’d probably be waiting for about an hour for a table for five so we didn’t really know what to expect in terms of how long we’d have to wait. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait at all. From the outside you don’t really know what to expect. The sign looks a little…shady. The inside looks a little retro, but not broken down or anything. Right when we walked in we were greeted by a little Asian woman who was the cook. Her husband sat us down and then took our drink orders (I think the husband and wife team are the owners). The menu has a nice little selection for breakfast. You can get omelets, pancakes, french toast, or the standard eggs, hash browns, and some kind of meat (ham, sausage, or bacon). I decided to get the chicken fried steak breakfast which included two eggs, hash browns, and toast ($7.50).

Janet, the chef of Moulin Rouge.
Janet, the chef of Moulin Rouge.

I had read the reviews and most people complained about slow service, but I mean, come on people: there is one small stove and one woman cooking, give the woman a break. Honestly, we didn’t have to wait that long for food and everything was hot when it came out. Anyways, my chicken fried steak was VERY good. I am quite the lover of all things potato and I must say, their hash browns were AMAZING. Crispy on the outside and perfect on the inside. Sure they were a little greasy, but it’s breakfast food, why would you go eat breakfast foods if you were trying to be healthy? I ordered my eggs over-easy, but they were more like over-medium, however it’s really not that big of a deal. The chicken fried steak was also very good. The batter on the outside was really good, nice and crisp, and it was seasoned pretty perfectly. The meat wasn’t over cooked and overall, I was very happy with my order. I’d definitely order it again.

My chicken fried steak.
My chicken fried steak.

Ashley ordered a sausage omelet with mushrooms ($7.50). Her breakfast also came with hash browns and toast. Originally she wanted an omelet with sausage and mushrooms, but there wasn’t one like that on the menu, so she ordered a side of sauteed mushrooms. While she was ordering the owner(?) over heard that she was planning on putting the mushrooms in the omelet, so to her delight he had the mushrooms put into the omelet. I had a bite and I must say, it was quite good. She was happy with it too.

Ashleys sausage and mushroom omelet.
Ashley's sausage and mushroom omelet.

Other things that were ordered: corn beef hash with two eggs, hash browns, and toast ($7.50), the hot cake sandwich with ham, one egg, and hash browns ($8.50), and french toast with one egg, a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham ($7.50). I tried the corn beef hash which I thought was pretty good and everyone else seemed to be happy with their choice.

All in all, this is a great little breakfast place. A testament to the “at home feel” is the sign in front of the window where the kitchen area is that reads, “Please don’t stand here while I cook, I get stressed out…” Sure the service might be a little slow, but it’s kind and makes you feel like you’re eating at grandma’s. I’d definitely go back and would recommend everyone to go and try it for yourselves.

How cute is this?!