Fu Hang Dou Jiang (阜杭豆漿) is an extremely popular breakfast spot in Taipei, with locals and tourists lining up every day to get in.

Taiwanese breakfast classics are served at nearly every small vendor in Taipei, so I was curious what made this particular place so special.

Traditional Taiwanese breakfast dishes tend to be on the heavy side, which normally I don’t really desire first thing in the morning, but I was introduced to these dishes as a kid, so it definitely brings back happy memories.

The shop is actually located in the upstairs food court of a marketplace, making it a little difficult to find. I provided detailed instructions with photos at the end of the post.

We were told to go early to avoid super long lines. We were there before 7AM thanks to this wonderful concept known as jet lag. And yet, we still had to wait nearly thirty minutes to get to the front to order.

Because it was so early in the morning, the rest of the stores in the food marketplace weren’t yet open, which meant a lot of open seating.

Once inside, you can watch everything being made, which is pretty fun. With the smaller vendors you rarely get to see the prepping process.

Despite this being a very touristy spot, the menus are only in Chinese, which is actually unusual. I think most of the non-Chinese speakers simply pointed to what they wanted.

Egg Crepe (dan bing; 蛋餅)

These baked churro ice cream sandwiches are easy to make and are a fun summer treat. The baked churros are shaped into spiral cookies and stay crunchy and light. The combination of sugary churros and ice cream is almost magical.

The Churro Borough in Los Angeles made the churro ice cream sandwich a popular item this year. I have yet to try the original, but I am really enjoying this homemade version.

Churros are already pretty easy to whip up, with just a handful of basic ingredients. But to make them even easier, I made a baked version. Not only is it less effort and healthier, but it’s much easier to control the spiral shape.

Bushfire Kitchen is a fast casual restaurant offering an array of healthy dishes and comfort food. We were recently invited in to check out the restaurant.

Most of the dishes served are gluten-free, organic and local. Everything is made in-house. The owners are from South Africa and Australia but the menu is very classic American, with a few touches of South African in seasonings and sauces.

While we’ve seen many fast casual concepts like this pop up the last few years, what really appealed to me was the diversity of the menu. You can come in for a healthy salad, or enjoy homestyle dishes like mashed potatoes, mac n’ cheese, chicken, tri-tip, and ribs.

Tri-tip, brown rice, sweet potato fries