While getting grocery with mom at T&T (President Plaza), I remember Oxygen girl’s recommendation on the sesame flatbread 燒餅. Mom and I decided on having it as early lunch.
Being in the foodcourt of T&T made me very nostalgic. I practically grew up in that mall by being there all the time for food in between tutor sessions. If my sister and I were good and well behaved, we were rewarded with a bubble tea as it was a novice and cool thing to eat/drink. AND AND if there was time and parents were in a good mood, we would be able to take some sticker pictures or play a bit of dance dance revolution! The mall used to be always packed and impossible to find parking. Now there is barely any traffic and you don’t see a lot of the kids going to tutor lessons.
BACK TO THE PRESENT!
Almost all the food stands in the foodcourt are new. If Oxygen girl didn’t make that recommendation, I would not have eaten there. My mom told me Yung Ho Soy Drink 永和豆漿 is very famous in Taiwan. The only thing that drew my attention was the big neon yellow lights.
It is advertised that they grind/make their own soy milk, and make their flatbread to order. YUM! I love freshly made food and esp something that’s crispy and flakey!
You can order the flatbread individually or you can get the combos. My mom and I both opted for a different combo for different things. I had combo No. 3 which includes the Chinese donut flatbread 油條燒餅, a soy milk and a sweet sesame flat bread ($6.25). Mom ordered No. 6which has the rice roll 粢飯, egg green onion pancake 葱蛋餅 and soy milk ($6.25). Mom opted to pay extra to switch the soy milk to the salty kind 鹹豆漿. Forgot to ask how much she had to pay to upgrade.
After our orders are in, we see the ladies immediately making the flatbread 燒餅, the rice roll and the pancake for us.
I like not overly sweet soy milk. You could tell it is home made due to its tiny grittiness from the grind. It is so comforting to drink hot soy milk in a cold slushy day. I never comprehend the concept of salty soy milk. Instead of it being a beverage, I think of it as more of a soup which is kind of weird to me. Soggy chinese donuts with chili oil seems like a gross combination but I guess I will never know until I try it. My mom said the salty soy milk was passable, she just prefers the one she make at home much more.
Now the much anticipated donut flatbread! I loved it! Everything was so flaky and crispy! That actually made it a tad messy to eat because you get crumbs everywhere. The flatbread itself very tasty with toasted sesame on top and wtihin the flatbread. It is light and crispy, not wonder it is used as the serving vesicle for most of the food here. The chinese donuts were surprisingly good. I was expecting it to be the day old donuts that are soggy, chewy and super oily. It was actually crispy and light but with a tad of chewiness. Thank goodness it wasn’t saturated in oil too! The serving protion is huge…I was quite full after I finished it.
Another impressive dish was the pancake! I wonder if they used only egg yolk to make this dish as the egg flavour boldly announced its presence! I detest green onions…only tolerate them in the fried onion pancakes such as the one from Shanghai Morning. However, the green onion in this pancake here added a nice touch. I enjoyed the pancake through and through! I will recommend this dish. I wonder how good it would be if the pancake is used to serve as a roll.
The rice roll…not impressed. It is mostly rice with one chinese donut, perserved veggie and pork fluff. Mom just ate half of it and left it as is. I still think the rice roll you get it made at Osaka is amazing but not comparable to the ones mom make at home.
The sweet pancake…we were too full to eat it. We brought it home but somehow along the way of grocery shopping and Christmas shopping, it got misplaced?
I would need to go back and show C about this little gem! I love the simplicity and delicious of the food!