Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby ayaniv » 02 Apr 2012, 11:52

I've read there a recommendation about a GERMAN BAKERY that located around Hepping Rd.
the full map and the recommendation can be read in
http://www.postaround.me/
just type "Taipei" when it asks for your address.
hope it will help.
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby kfmfe04 » 28 Apr 2012, 20:39

I was looking for the Wendel's branch in Neihu today to buy me some Vollkornbrot (also wanted to try the Kosaken loaf as recommended often in this thread), but that area is a bit confusing - I think it's in the middle of the Neihu Technology Park so stores are tucked in under the office buildings (signs are less obvious).

I happened, by accident, to see Boulangerie Le Goût 那個 麵包 on No. 58, Lane 188, Ruiguang Road, Taipei, Taiwan (台北市內湖區瑞光路188巷58號). http://www.legout.com.tw/

Now, I'm quite picky about bakeries - in general, I'm not a big fan of deserts: much more into real European breads. If there's any hint of the local Taiwanese or Japanese bakeries, I will avoid the shop (well, I'll make an exception for red-bean buns, but only because I'm a sucker for red beans! In Japan, they'll argue about つぶ and こし in アンパン).

I was tempted by the Croques Monsieurs, but in the end, I just bought a baguette, this flat pita-like cheese bread (forgot the name), and a pat of unsalted butter for NT240 (ouch!). It's hard to stop eating the crispy cheese bread and the crust of the baguette crackles and has an excellent chewy texture. The French butter for NT80 was also yummy. Highly recommended if price is no matter.

Only later, when I checked the internet did I find that that the owner is Taiwanese Master pastry chef Wu Paochun 吳寶春 (won 1st and 2nd place at Coupe du Monde la Boulangerie, an international, invitational artisan baking competition held in Paris). You can read a recent review here: http://the-aftertaste.blogspot.com/2012/01/taipei-boulangerie-le-gout.html.

I'm also looking for some good sourdough (liked the stuff I used to get in SF) - any recommendations?
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby ceevee369 » 28 Apr 2012, 20:57

Europeans Can Not buy "good bread" (as in "real bread") in Taipei IMHO

For over 7 years, I still need to visit all corners of the city to find something "decent" in terms of flavor, texture, taste, flour used.
The bread - as we know it back home - is still locally "influenced" with tastes and twists to fit the pallet of the "gourmand" TWease.

So, I still buy my Sourdesem bread @ Flavorfield in Sogo 2, the real crunchy French Baguette in the basement of Mitsokoshi, the German pumpernickel @ Wendels, the pain-demi @ my local store, the Pain de Campagne @ the basement of Breeze , the raisin bread @ a store close to work.
The biggest thing which turns me of in calling things "bread-a-like" is the composition inside. Merely all Japanese fluffy making flour with no tast at all.

If people ask me @ home what I miss the most - I do admit - it is simple honest real bread.
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby kfmfe04 » 28 Apr 2012, 21:03

ceevee369 wrote:Europeans Can Not buy "good bread" (as in "real bread") in Taipei IMHO

For over 7 years, I still need to visit all corners of the city to find something "decent" in terms of flavor, texture, taste, flour used.
The bread - as we know it back home - is still locally "influenced" with tastes and twists to fit the pallet of the "gourmand" TWease.

So, I still buy my Sourdesem bread @ Flavorfield in Sogo 2, the real crunchy French Baguette in the basement of Mitsokoshi, the German pumpernickel @ Wendels, the pain-demi @ my local store, the Pain de Campagne @ the basement of Breeze , the raisin bread @ a store close to work.
The biggest thing which turns me of in calling things "bread-a-like" is the composition inside. Merely all Japanese fluffy making flour with no tast at all.

If people ask me @ home what I miss the most - I do admit - it is simple honest real bread.


Excellent!

I like taking advice from experts who are pickier than I!

Thanks, ceevee369, I will seek out your recommendations, starting with Sogo 2 and Mitsukoshi - btw, the only Mitsukoshi I know is in Tianmu. Is that the one you mean?
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby ceevee369 » 28 Apr 2012, 21:22

Sorry - the French Baguettes were not longer bought in the Mitsokoshi (in Xinyi)
Wife corrected me that I either buy these in the basement of Eslite also in Xinyi (there are 2 bread stores - one is on the underground walk-through and OK but the other one is in the basement itself. These Baguettes can be easily frozen in and reheated in an oven - smelling and tasting as freshly baked without the flour to become sticky)
And if around Yongkan street - corn Xinyi - that store also has terrific baguettes.

For French rolls ,- I go to a store near Ximending , but they are mostly sold-out when I pass :oops:
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Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby headhonchoII » 28 Apr 2012, 21:32

The irony is for many Europeans we don't have any bread from our homeland here. What do I need German bread for? It's okay but not much use to me ;).

Not all Taiwanese versions of bread are bad, there is a guiyuan bread that works very well indeed. In fact the baker won some type of international prize for it.
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby kfmfe04 » 28 Apr 2012, 21:34

ceevee369 wrote:Sorry - the French Baguettes were not longer bought in the Mitsokoshi (in Xinyi)
Wife corrected me that I either buy these in the basement of Eslite also in Xinyi (there are 2 bread stores - one is on the underground walk-through and OK but the other one is in the basement itself. These Baguettes can be easily frozen in and reheated in an oven - smelling and tasting as freshly baked without the flour to become sticky)
And if around Yongkan street - corn Xinyi - that store also has terrific baguettes.

For French rolls ,- I go to a store near Ximending , but they are mostly sold-out when I pass :oops:


All I can say is, that's hardcore - driving all around town just get the best breads available!

I appreciate the update - I will seek out the basement of the Eslite in Xinyi for French baguettes. That one, Sourdesem in Flavorfield in Sogo 2, and German pumpernickel at Wendel's are all at the top of my target list now!
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby Dragonbones » 28 Apr 2012, 23:04

Here are some European-style bakery leads to check out:

1. Hogan (four stores) http://www.hoganbakery.com.tw/concept/people.php
The addresses can be found by clicking on the link to each location here:
http://www.hoganbakery.com.tw/eshop/art ... hp?ncid=79
And they sell online. I've not been there yet but have heard good things. One branch is on Kangning in Donghu.

2. Le Coin du Pain, Ruiguang Rd., Neihu:
http://www.lecoindupain.com.tw/
北市內湖區瑞光路583巷29號
電話:02-2657-1895
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(They have some in-store samples, and I'm told they sell fair trade EcoGreen coffee too)

They look promising.
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby micheleru » 28 May 2012, 10:56

Well, I see many people are in trouble because of soft and sugary Asian bread.
I make Italian bread:
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Italian Ciabatta 24h rising, ingredients: whole wheat flour, white flour (50% each), water, salt (1% of dough weight), yeast powder (0,5% dough weight)


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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Panini, 4h rising, ingredients: white flour, water, extra virgin olive oil (only Italian), 1 yolk for 900g dough (optional), salt (1,5% dough weight), yeast powder (0,6%), sugar (0,5%, optional)

Both recipes are knead by hand, the rising takes place in the refrigerator or at room temperature, it depends on the weather.
I never use yeast powder in the percentage above 0,8% to avoid having a bread more difficult to digest. I make ciabatta also with sourdough starter but for people who never tried natural bread, I would warn that it tastes a bit different, and I need 36-48h to proceed it.
My bread doesn't last for a week like the local one, but after 24h stored in a cloth (I don't like plastic bags) it starts to dry and get hard.
Do you want to try one of the product described or just ask me some info? You are welcome to drop me a PM or post reply!
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Re: Where can I buy good bread in Taipei?

Postby Deuce Dropper » 28 May 2012, 12:54

I saw two white dudes making bread at the bakery in B1 of 101.
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