Taiwan is known for its night markets and street food.
But another aspect of food culture worth trying in Taiwan is the traditional Chinese breakfast – another delicious eating option worth trying. Here’s a list of popular Taiwanese breakfast spots in northern Taiwan.
Taiwanese Breakfast Guide
- Taiwanese Breakfast: Dingyuan Dou Jiang
- Taiwanese Breakfast: Cheng Huang Breakfast
- Taiwanese Breakfast: Chou Jia Chong You Bing (Scallion Pancake)
- Taiwanese Breakfast: Chou Ji Meat Porridge
- Taiwanese Breakfast: Liu Mama Rice Roll
- Taiwanese Breakfast: Chen Jia Cold Noodles
Living in Taiwan we are lucky as we have multiple options out there for breakfast. And a LOT of people do eat out for breakfast – it is just part of the culture.
Be it meal-deals in convenience stores, breakfast food stands, or local breakfast shops, we have a lot of options for that first food-fix of the day.
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Local breakfast shops can be found everywhere in Taiwan.
They are often called “Mei & Mei” or something similar, and it is common to see breakfast shops filled with locals in the morning, as office workers and students do not have time to prepare their own breakfast at home.
You will be amazed by the short time the staff you speak to need to prepare your breakfast; one reason local breakfast shops mean so much to the Taiwanese on the go.
As a study abroad student, I always found myself missing the food I used to eat in local breakfast shops back home.
One of my favorites was – still is – the Chinese dan bing.
I like it with pork and cheese. People can choose to add different ingredients to their dan bing, such as chicken cutlet, tuna, and corns. In addition to dan bing, the breakfast shop also offers a wide range of products, including black pepper hibachi noodles, Taiwanese sandwiches, and radish cakes.
Large iced milk tea is also a must with breakfast.
But, besides the local breakfast shops, there are several breakfast shops that are extremely famous amongst both locals and foreign visitors or residents alike, so it might be a good idea to try both the local breakfast shops and the ones below during your visit to Taiwan – in this case the north of the island as the places below are in Taipei, Keelung, and Yilan.
Taiwanese Breakfast: Dingyuan Dou Jiang
Dingyuan Dou Jiang is one of the most famous traditional Taiwanese breakfast shops in Taipei.
The thing with this shop is that it is common to see more Japanese than Taiwanese in the shop.
This is because Dingyuan Dou Jiang is highly recommended in Japanese language travel guides, and is also close to the well-known tourist attraction, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
Soymilk (Dou Jiang), shaobing, xiao long bao, and chong you bing are the bestsellers in the shop. Almost every customer will order xiao long bao here because of its succulent pork stuffing and scalding but delicious when cooler – hot soup.
Address: No. 30-1 Jinhua St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
Opening hours: Monday closed, Tue-Sun 4:00am-11:00am
Taiwanese Breakfast: Cheng Huang Breakfast
Cheng Huang Breakfast shop has a long history having been open since 1952, and although the shop has a plain exterior, simple indoor decoration, and limited seating, it is still very famous among Yilan’s local citizenry.
Soy-stewed pork with rice is regarded as the top ‘must-eat’ here and the pork is tender and juicy, but not greasy.
Many people also like to add an over-easy egg and stir it in with the rice.
Address: No. 3, Chenghuang St., Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan
Opening hours: Monday, Sunday closed, Tue- Sat 4:00am-2:00 pm
Taiwanese Breakfast: Chou Jia Chong You Bing (Scallion Pancake)
Chou Jia Chong You Bing, originally named Chou Jia Soy Milk, is especially famous for its scallion pancake.
Unlike other scallion pancakes, which are usually flat and thin, Chou Jia’s scallion pancake is smaller but much thicker.
The special baking process leads to a crispy layer and juicier center for the scallion pancake.
The idea of scallion pancakes originated from the “noodle culture” we had in the mid-20th century.
“Noodle culture” is not only about noodles though, but also about other food made from the same base ingredient – wheat – such as dumplings, wonton, and steamed bread.
Due to the economic depression at the time, people could not afford expensive food, and scallion pancakes were cheap and could easily fill the stomach.
This breakfast thus became popular, and has been very popular with local Keelung residents ever since.
Address: No. 309, Xin’er Road, Zhongzheng Dist., Keelung City, Taiwan
Opening hours: Monday closed, Tue- Sun 4:30 am- 12:30pm
Taiwanese Breakfast: Chou Ji Meat Porridge
As such, meat porridge is the signature dish of this shop.
Taiwanese breakfast porridge is greatly favored by Taiwanese people. The raw rice is slowly boiled with minced meat, shallot, dried tofu, and shrimp. Another must-order if you visit is the crispy fried pork. You can choose whether to have the leaner meat or fattier meat option.
Also, note the way the price is listed in the shop; prices are not based on single dishes, but rather on the weight of food.
Address: No. 104, Guangzhou St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6:00am-4:30pm
Taiwanese Breakfast: Liu Mama Rice Roll
Taiwanese breakfast rice roll is also one of the traditional breakfast forms that Taiwanese like to have.
Rice rolls are usually very large with rich ingredients wrapped inside, and can be so large that people often opt for them as brunch.
There are 26 flavors of rice roll at Liu Mama, and the top three ranking rice rolls are, all signature purple rice rolls in seafood, meat assorted, and signature traditional rice roll form.
You really should try the purple rice roll if you have never eaten purple rice before.
It is nutritious, it smells very good, and the rice is always fluffy.
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Address: No. 88, Section 2, Hangzhou South Rd., Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening hours: Monday closed, Tue-Sun 5:00am-11:00am
Taiwanese Breakfast: Chen Jia Cold Noodles
Chen Jia Cold Noodles sells only one kind of noodle; its signature cold noodles.
In order to keep the chewy texture of the noodles, the cooks first use a fan to cool them down, then cools them with their air conditioner.
The sauce that comes with the cold noodles is made from a secret ratio of soy sauce, sugar, sesame paste, and vinegar handed down from Chen’s ancestors.
And the “three in one soup”, with its miso soup, pork balls egg-drop ingredients, is highly recommended by customers who visit the store.
Address: No. 29, Lane 123, Section 5, Nanjing East Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening hours: Sunday closed, Mon-Sat 24hours
Taiwanese Breakfast FAQ’s
What is a typical Taiwanese breakfast?
Taiwanese breakfast is strongly influenced by the “noodle culture”, and therefore, we can see that many breakfasts are made from wheat, such as dumplings, wonton, and steamed bread. Many Taiwanese breakfasts are served with eggs. You can visit “Yong He Soy Milk King” to explore all kinds of traditional Taiwanese breakfasts.
What do you eat for breakfast in Taipei?
In Taiwan, we usually have dan bing (egg pancake), rice roll, xiao long bao, shaobing, black pepper hibachi noodles, Taiwanese sandwiches, radish cakes, steamed buns, and scallion pancake for breakfast. Soy milk, black tea, and milk tea is also a must with breakfast.
Where should I eat breakfast in Taiwan?
You can either choose to eat in a normal breakfast shop like “Mei&Mei”, or to explore some famous stores like Dinyuan Dou Jiang, Cheng Huang Breakfast, Chou Jia Chong You Bing, Chou Ji Meat Porridge, Liu Mama Rice Roll, and Chen Jia Cold Noodles
What is traditional Taiwanese food?
Here are some of the most common choices:
- Beef Noodles
- Oyster Omelet
- Stinky Tofu
- Bubble Tea
- Fried Chicken
- Intestine and Oyster Vermicelli
- Braised Pork Rice
- Shaobing with Fried Bread Stick
- Chicken Rice
Is Taiwanese food healthy?
To be honest, it really depends on what you eat. However, because of the government policies, food in Taiwan are generally safe. Tourists usually comment on Taiwan as a “Food Paradise” after their stay in Taiwan.
Taiwan is a food paradise throughout the day – and the day begins with breakfast.
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