Breakfast Culture In Taiwan

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You have heard a lot about how good the Taiwanese street food are. Breakfast as known as the most important meal of the day takes a special place in a Taiwanese’s daily life. There are restaurants in Taiwan specifically just for breakfast; they are called Zao Can Dian, or Breakfast store selling either Taiwanese or “Western” breakfast. A Taiwanese’s daily life can be very busy, so it becomes a habit for people just to get breakfast outside and then start the day.

What one of thousands of breakfast restaurants in Taiwan looks like

What one of thousands of breakfast restaurants in Taiwan looks like

For Taiwanese breakfast, the menu items are usually sesame flatbread, deep-fried fritters, congee, pan-fried buns, steamed buns, flaky scallion pancakes, fried dumplings, egg pancakes, steamed bread, onion cakes, shortcakes, carrot cakes, onigiri, milk tea and soy milk. You can see there is a lot of options.

My dad ordering breakfast

My dad ordering breakfast

As for western style breakfast, it’s usually toasts, omelets, varieties of bread, biscuits, sandwiches, and sausages. Not too many choices compare to Taiwanese style breakfast items.

The menu

The menu

Breakfast restaurants are everywhere throughout every community; they are usually around the corner of streets.

Two other breakfast restaurants just across from the one my dad and I went to

Two other breakfast restaurants just across from the one my dad and I went to

This is the last post on the series about Taiwan, next week I’m heading to Warsaw, Poland!

Your boy,

-Chuck

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