Four Sea Soy Milk King 四海豆漿大王 – Datong District

My first morning in Taipei, I had one thing in mind: having a nice hearty Taiwanese breakfast. Lucky for us, Four Sea Soy Milk King (四海豆漿大王), an unassuming neighborhood breakfast joint, was only a few blocks from our place, nestled in a residential area of Datong District.

The street side entrance off Zhengzhou Road. Mopeds galore.

One of the most striking things about pedestrian life in Taiwan is the sheer number of mopeds out and about, rain or shine. All of the mopeds parked in front of Four Sea are nothing but an endorsement of its good food.

The full service kitchen is at the front of the restaurant, offering a glimpse into the steaming, chopping, baking and frying.

A cook preps the meat filling for some buns.

All the hustle and bustle of a restaurant kitchen that is so often (intentionally) hidden in America.

Even on a Monday morning, the place was packed at breakfast time.
Even on a Monday morning, the place was packed at breakfast time.

Four Sea really had the feeling of a neighborhood watering hole, a place where neighborhood regulars gathered to start the day.

Imagine a burrito whose skin is made of sticky rice and whose innards consist of a deep fried Chinese donut. And you have fantuan (飯糰), one of my favorite Taiwanese breakfast foods, also called png oan (飯丸) in Taiwanese. The twice-fried Chinese donut was nothing short of mouthwatering.

A closeup of the savory soy milk bowl.
A closeup of the savory soy milk bowl.

The hearty breakfast ordered included a healthy bowl of savory soy milk (咸豆漿,xian doujiang). But this isn’t your average soy milk. It’s salty, not sweet, and it comes with pieces of chopped Chinese donut (油條,youtiao), sprinkled with pork floss (肉鬆,also called pork sung).

An even closer close-up of the soy milk.
An even closer close-up of the soy milk.

The soy milk that has been intentionally curdled, with a texture similar to that of clotted milk. But I have to admit, the soy milk was too intensely flavored with sesame oil.

Our breakfast tray. The large bowl is a bowl of savory soy milk.

We also ordered shaobing (燒餅), a flaky flatbread sandwich filled with meat, and danbing (蛋餅), basically an egg crepe stuffed with some meat, in this case, pan-fried pork.

Prepping some shaobing and Chinese donuts.
At the front of the shop.

Four Sea Tofu Pudding King 四海豆漿大王
103台北市大同區鄭州路29巷長安西路220巷

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