This is a continuation quest for a reader, Michelle who wrote to me to find restaurants which serve Shaobing. I contacted a few of my Taiwanese friends and two of them recommended me to this place which sells traditional Taiwanese Shaobing. So, I made it a point to check out this place during my ladies meet day with Polly.
My Taiwanese friend, Emily told me that Shaobing stuffed with Chinese donut is a very typical breakfast item.
The place that my friends recommended is located on the second floor of President Plaza in Richmond, next to T&T Supermarket and across Aberdeen Center.
It is a stall at a small foodcourt. The stall name is Yung Ho Soy Drink. Apparently, this name is quite famous in Taiwan.
Yung Ho Soy Drink serves various types of shaobing, sweet and savory. Click on the images above to have a clearer view.
Without a doubt, I wanted to try …the Shaobing stuffed with Chinese donut.
The Shaobing in Yung Ho is different from those served in Peaceful Restaurant which is more like bread.
The Shaobing here is thin and flaky. The texture is almost like roti canai, a Malaysian style pancake.
I learned from Polly that there is two versions of Chinese donut, the Hong Kong style and Taiwanese style. You can find both of them in Osaka Supermarket in Yaohan. The Hongkong style is more doughy and chewy while the Taiwanese style is more light and crispy. Those that you find in congee place are usually Hong Kong style Chinese donut.
Other than the plain Shaobing stuffed with Chinese donut, we also tried a sweet version. There are two choices which are sugar with sesame seed and red bean paste. We tried the one with sugar and sesame seed. This one resembles the Wife Cookies (Lo Poh Paeng).
We actually got a combo where we can have a plain Shaobing stuffed with Chinese donut and a choice of sweet or savory Shaobing. The combo also comes with a soy milk drink and it’s only $5.50.
Besides the combo, we also ordered one of their savory Shaobing which is stuffed with beef. This is slightly spicy. This costs $2.50.
I enjoyed this kind of traditional hawker style food. If you know of any restaurants which serves Shaobing, please drop us a comment so that Michelle will be able to enjoy it when she comes to Vancouver for the Olympic.