You know it’s legit when you literally can’t find any internet presence about this place in English. Trust, I’ve typed in every kind of romanization imaginable. Its legitimacy is further validated by 42 Google reviews (all in Chinese) and a Google search where the entire first page is made up of Taiwanese blogs. Clearly, we have ventured into a remarkably local territory. Lao Yi Ji Pastries is officially getting some well-deserved English-language attention right here. If it wasn’t for the bright yellow store sign, the humble shop could pass for someone’s garage / den. It’s a small room with a food stand in the middle, adorned with a laminated menu. A few women work in the back, making the delicious pastries by hand so they’re always fresh. Every pastry tastes like home. What more could you ask for?
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
|Address||No. 14, Lane 59, Section 1, Nanchang Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100|
|Getting there||Take the MRT to CKS Memorial Hall Station, exit 2 (by Nanmen Market), and then turn into the lane around the corner from JinFeng|
|Price||$, the price is as authentic as the food!|
|Hours||9am - 6:30pm, closed on Sundays|
|Tourist friendliness||it’s a hole in wall tucked away in an alley in a residential area…so you’ll probably want to practice pointing, smile a lot, and speak through gestures|
One of my most cherished childhood memories is waking up at my grandma’s house to a full spread of treats. My favorite was 蟹殼黃 (which directly translates to yellow crab shells): crispy sesame pastry filled with savory green onions. You can taste the layers of pastry baked to a perfect crisp, the richness cut by the saltiness of the filling. Years later, grandma has gone to heaven, but my mom and I still detour to Lao Yi Ji whenever we’re in the neighborhood for treats to devour while walking around.
DON'T KNOW CHINESE? I GOTCHU
They have a small menu, figured I might as well bridge the gap.*prices as of 2017
- 蔥燒餅 (cong shao bing / pronounced chong sao bing) - a savory bread-y bun with green onions folded in | 25NT
- 蟹殼黃 (xie ke huang / sheh ker huong) - a savory small round pastry filled with savory green onions | 15NT
- 糖心酥餅 (tang xin su bing / tong shing sue bing) - a sweet flakey pastry with lightly sugared filling | 15NT
- 紅豆沙酥餅 (hong dou sha su bing / hong doe sah sue bing) - a sweet flakey pastry with red bean filling | 15NT
- 黑芝麻酥餅 (hei zhi ma su bing / hay zih mah sue bing) - a sweet flakey pastry with black sesame filling | 15NT
When to go: In the morning, to make sure you have the full selection!
Who to go with: Foodies. But tbh you’re just grabbing and going so go alone, stock up for friends, whatever it takes to just go!t
Worth multiple visits? I would happily have breakfast there every single day so...
Don't miss: the “crab shell” pastry (蟹殼黃，xie ke huang) if you’re feeling savory, black sesame pastry (黑芝麻酥餅，hei zhi ma su bing) if you’re feeling sweet (or both, if you’re feeling hungry)[big_image] [/big_image]
ALSO CHECK OUT:
- SEE | CKS Memorial Hall (about a 9 min walk)
- EAT | JinFeng Braised Pork Rice (1 minute walk around the corner)
- SHOP | Nanmen Market (2 minute walk around the corner)
Last visited: July 2016 | Last updated: September 2017 | First posted: September 2017