// TAIPEI 台北 // ZHONG ZHENG 中正 // 

fu hang soy milk

probably the most popular breakfast spot in taipei

Taiwanese people do not shy away from waiting in lines for food. In fact, the best way to find the best food is to just get in line (and then ask the person in front of you what you’re waiting for). Fu Hang Soy Milk has consistently garnered insane lines every morning for years. Breakfast to go is a part of daily life in Taiwan. You can’t walk through an alley without passing a hole-in-wall breakfast joint serving up traditional Taiwanese breakfast fare, served up in paper boxes, held together by rubber bands and tied up in mini plastic bags. Fu Hang in many ways, is similar to the “soy milk” breakfast spots all around Taiwan, but they’ve gotten their assembly line down to cater to the ever present stream of customers lining up and into the streets

Located on the second floor of the recently renovated Huashan Market, this food stall’s reputation has outgrown the market itself (no seriously, the queue often snakes down the stairs and out around the building), but consistently churns out old time favorites from the open kitchen. It’s mesmerizing to watch the experienced hands shape the dough and bake the breads to crisp perfection while you wait in line. And before you know it, you’ll be at the front of the line. Don’t be too ambitious when you order, their portions are generous and you can leave full without spending more than 100NT (~$3).

Despite the unfussy atmosphere and humble aesthetic, Fu Hang has earned international respect with a Michelin Bib Gourmand. You can almost forgive that they’ve categorized it as dim sum.

the details

AddressNo. 108, 2F Zhongxiao East Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City (inside the Huashan Market)
Hours5:30am – 12:30pm Tuesday – Sunday (closed Monday)
Price$ – sure, you can probably find a cheaper breakfast on the street, but it’s still fairly priced for typical Taiwanese breakfast fare
AestheticI mean, it’s in the upstairs of a traditional market. So it basically looks like a no frills food court

good to know

Go here for: traditional breakfast fare at a hyped up location so you can form your own opinions on whether it’s worth the wait

Order this: soy milk 豆漿 (hot or cold, sweet or savory), youtiao 油條 (fried dough stick), shaobing 燒餅 (sesame baked bread) – add an egg

Amount of time to spend: 30 min – 1 hour wait and then probably no more than 30 min to eat

When to come: as early as possible to minimize the wait while maximizing your options – later in the morning means they’ll probably be out of some things though the wait may be shorter, maybe come when it’s raining and fewer people are out, avoid peak breakfast times (7:30-10am)

Getting here: just around the corner from Shandao Temple station (blue line), use exit 4

Other things to note: 

  • The line is to order, and seating is first come first served at the food court tables.
  • They (like many breakfast places) are cash only.
  • It’s fairly tourist friendly – there should be signs in English and Japanese too (or when in doubt, enlist the help of locals)

Last visited: June 2016

Last updated: July 2020

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