Thursday, December 16, 2010
snapshot/breakfast: i strongly recommend the bacon cheese bao from CHAO ZHOU BAO ZI
CHAO ZHOU BAO ZI
No. 52, Lane 216, ZhongXiao E. Road, Sec. 4
MRT: SYS Memorial Hall or ZhongXiao/DunHua
website: chaozhou-baozi.com.tw Chinese only
Kid friendliness: mantou/bao only to go in a busy alley intersection but lots of kid friendly choices
Visit reviewed: 10/28/2010
Bacon + cheese + a soft bao = awesome!
When I saw the ladies next to me pick up 20 of the same buns at Chao Zhou Bao Zi on Lane 216, I had to ask- what are you getting? She said what sounded like "pei-gan chee-zu bao" or bacon cheese bao (NT$20) and totally sold me on it. I had to try one as well and I'm so glad I did.
If you pick it up hot, the cheese is oozing inside with chopped up pieces of bacon which goes perfectly with the slightly peppery, soft bun - kind of like a Taiwanese hot pocket. An indulgence that's much better than the processed breakfast sandwich you'd get at McD's. You can also pick it up warm/cool, to freeze or store for later reheating/steaming and consumption.
I've gone back several times to get it and sometimes they are sold out at different times of the day. I've also recommended it to friends who have also become addicted. While I like their meat bamboo baos, I prefer the meat to bun ratio from the Lao Guh Tsui Jian Bao place down the street. But the bacon cheese bun I've never seen anywhere else!
Though they've revamped their storefront sign, the signs for the buns and mantous are still all in Chinese and it's hard to tell what's available unless you ask in Chinese. They have a pretty wide variety and there are savory as well as sweet buns- like sesame or red bean or brown sugar mantou.
Since there are several places on 216, look for a sign on the corner that looks like this bag..
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