Fu Hang Dou Jiang (阜杭豆漿) – How to Avoid Queuing 1 Hour for Yummy Soy Milk!
[Taipei, Taiwan] Singaporeans aren’t the only folks willing to queue for food. We would line up for hours just for that dish that’s awarded a Michelin-star. But Soya Bean? Only in Taiwan. Rumour has it that one might need to queue for as long as 2 hours at Fu Hang (阜杭豆漿). However, we arrived at Fu Hang Soy Bean around 9am on a rainy Saturday morning to a rapidly dwindling queue that lasted approximately 15-20 minutes. There you have it! Come around that time, day, or even weather to avoid the torturous wait.
If you’re staying in Ximen, like we did, I would suggest taking a cab down to Fu Hang Soy Milk which takes about 7 minutes. Isn’t that convenient? You can probably sleep in longer too. Alternatively, take the Taipei Metro! Simply hop on the Bannan (blue color) Line, alight at Shandao Temple Station (that’s only 2 stops!!) and locate exit 3! When you exit the station, you’ll recognize a queue that’s most likely the one leading to Fu Hang Soy Milk, so rush over ASAP!
We wound up on the second level of Hua Shan Market, which is home to a number of public dining spaces and food stalls including Fu Hang. If you think the queue’s the only obstacle to Fu Hang, think again. The public dining spaces are jam-packed with Fu Hang patrons, so quickly find a sit while you or your friends order the famed soy milk.
First on our order list is definitely the Soy Milk (30 NTD), served either hot or cold. The taste is similar to the typical soy milk here in Singapore. What made it a hit amongst the locals could be due to it’s smooth and creamy texture, which is more enjoyable when taken hot. They add granulated sugar into the soy milk, so remember to stir well.
What goes best with soy milk? It’s none other than You Tiao (25 NTD)! Even after being left out for awhile, the fried dough stick remains crispy. It boasts an airy inside, which nicely absorbs the soy milk. It sure qualifies as comfort breakfast food. You should reconsider the you tiao if you’re not a fan of oily food, because the you tiao we had that day was EXTREMELY oily.
The Salty Soy Milk (35 NTD) is what intrigued me. Now, I have tried this version at Yong He Eating House in Geylang and I can safely say that I can’t appreciate it. With that experience, I was slightly averse to tasting Fu Hang’s version, which consists of green onions, pickles, dried shrimp bits and soy milk. Surprise, surprise! Beyond its unappealing curdling, every bite was savoury. The saltiness does not dominate as what one might expect. The more you dig into it, the better it tastes!
A good side dish that I’ll recommend is the Egg Pancake (30 NTD), which features a fried egg that’s wrapped with a well-oiled dough. You definitely cannot go wrong with eggs! Like the youtiao, the dough is slightly oily so the egg pancake is a good pick only if the oiliness doesn’t deter you.
We also had the Sesame Flat Bread (25 NTD), which both resembles and tastes like a thicker version of our usual roti prata. Unfortunately, it did not make the cut for me as the bread was too doughy. I did enjoy the strong sesame taste that lingered. Similar to the sesame flat bread is the Signature Oven Baked Thick Bread (30 NTD), which boasted a much thicker texture. However, both were very similar taste-wise.
To queue a few minutes for Fu Hang is acceptable, but I wouldn’t queue over an hour or so! If you’re a self-proclaimed lover of soya milk, I’ll highly recommend their beverages which made them famous in the first place. If you’re looking for a snack, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Fu Hang Soy Milk
Address: Huashan Traditional Market 2nd Floor, No. 108, Section 1, 100, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District,
Phone: 02 2392 2175
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 5.30am to 12.30pm, Closed on Mondays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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