Article Date: 05-01-2016
Address - 台北市南海路79號（汀州路與南海路路口，新東南海鮮餐廳對面.）No. 79, Nanhai Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100. (Tingzhou Road Intersecton, opposite the seafood restaurant.)
Phone - (02)2305-5788
Opening Hours - 晚上18:00 到隔天早上 10:30. 18.00-10:30
Price - 20NT up.
A few years back on my way home from Xinchuang I used to go past this shop every night and every time I would pass there was always a huge queue, and all the tables would be full. It was always absolutely rammed and I would have no clue why. Not the slightest little clue, then one day on the way past I decided it was time to bite the bullet as my gut was screaming feeeeeeeed me!
So I pulled over, and parked in the disabled spot like every one else there, then picked some random things that I thought I might as well try. I then realised why it was popular, because it was bloody damn good.
After I tried it, I then told the missus what I had found. She told me that it was a Yonghe Doujiang and they are extremely popular all around Taiwan. The reason they are called Yonghe Doujiang is the first one apparently started in Yonghe. Now you can find them all around the city.
The missus told me all these places sell xiao long bao, this opened a whole new world for me. Xiao long bao is bloody amazing, and knowing you can get it at any Yonghe Doujiang opens up a whole new world of late night eating possibilities, however this shop is my favourite of them all when it comes to eating xiao long bao.
Tonight however I didn't buy xiao long bao, for some reason I always prefer having xiao long bao when I am sharing with other people. God knows why it just seems like something you should eat when you are more than one person.
Tonight I got a taro steamed bun, luo buo gao which is something made from raddish, in chinese it is carrot cake, but its nothing like carrot cake, and some kind of Taiwanese styled doughnut. Not exactly the healthiest meal but so be it because it tasted damn, damn good.
The taro bun is steamed in an oversized steamer. Its a bit like the one my mother uses for the vegetables on the Sunday dinner but about 10 times the size. Inside they have all different kinds of steamed bun. I love the taro one personally, you can have the option of adding an egg to your bun. I don't like adding the egg to the buns I really just prefer them plain.
The Taiwanese style doughnut is extremely sugary, it's a bit different to the American ones. They are deep fried and covered in sugar. They are good. I like them but I suppose their not for everyone.
My favourite out of what I had tonight was indeed the good old raddish cake. I don't have any clue how they make it and it is nothing like a cake, but god do I like it. It seems so simple and its not very complex or much to it at all but the taste is great. Make sure you add quite a bit of soy sauce to it and when you pick up the raddish cake splash it about in the soy sauce to add to the taste, and the flavour as the soy sauce soaks into the raddish cake.
If it is your first time make sure you try out the xiao long bao because they really are excellent, but I wouldn't recommend getting the xiao long bao and a lot of other stuff if you are not a big eater and only one person.
The shop has loads of choice and selection and even up until now I don't really know what everything is. These kinds of shops are famous also for soy bean milk, but I can't stand soy bean milk at all. If you don't mind soy bean milk, or like it make sure you check it out because they have a big selection too.