14 December 2008

taiwanese bread / le pain taiwanais / 台湾面包

taiwanese bread / le pain taiwanais / 台湾面包

other than pâtisseries, this is what i live for... savory taiwanese breads. sweet taiwanese breads are good too, but it is the savory that hits the spot for me. when i am in taiwan, i make a beeline for the bakeries ASAP. i'm also on a mission to master the baking of them so i can recreate these wonders at home in texas. what's so special about them? the fact they are freshly baked daily, have a distinct chewy texture, the addition of herbs, are never too dry or crumbly, look so good, are so cheap... i could go on forever.

so to succeed in my mission, i must first study the breads! after all, how can i imitate them if i don't even know the name of them or what's in them? i go to the bread shop that is no more than a few steps from my grandma's home, and it's actually part of a convenience store. however, it doesn't mean the bread is any less delicious! it's still baked in store every morning and smells oh so good.

so as strange as i look tediously writing the chinese characters for these breads in the store, it's completely worth it. (i've also added my attempts at french - don't count on it being accurate, it's more for my own practice of learning new vocabulary)

bread #1: corn and ham bread

name:
玉米火腿麵包 / yu4 mi3 huo3 tui3 mian4 bao1 / corn & ham bread / pain aux mais et jambon

ingredients:
麵粉 / mian4 fen3 / flour / la farine
玉米 / yu4 mi3 / corn / le mais
火腿 / huo3 tui3 / ham / le jambon
蔥末 / cong1 mo4 / scallion bits / la ciboule
奶油 / nai3 you2 / butter / le beurre

description:
an otherwise piece of ordinary bread that is topped with corn, thin slivers of ham, and bits of green onion! the corn + green onion/scallion combo is what does it for me. yum yum yum. i swear there's a mayo sauce added to this that they didn't mention.

price:
26NT = .78USD = .58EURO



the name:
蔥花肉鬆捲麵包 / cong1 hua1 rou4 song1 juan3 mian4 bao1/ green onion and pork floss roll

ingredients:
麵粉 / mian4 fen3 / flour / la farine
雞蛋 / ji1 dan4 / egg / les œufs
鮮 奶 / xian1 nai3 / fresh milk / le lait frais
新鮮蔥花 / xin1 xian1 cong1 hua1 / fresh chopped onions / les ciboules hachées fraîches
肉鬆 / rou4 song1 / pork floss/ ? (i've no idea how to translate that into french)

description:
this bread definitely had that magical mayo that again isn't mentioned on the little card in front of the bread. it is the mayo that makes this. yes i love how the pork floss melts in your mouth, the aroma of the green onion... but it is the mayo that is hidden in the rolled part that adds a slight twang of sweetness that works perfectly with the rest of the flavors.

price:
26NT = .78USD = .58EURO




name:
咖哩酥餃 / ka1 li1 su1 jiao3 / flaky curry dumpling / quenelle feuilletée au curry (i bet i butchered this one up...)

ingredients:
麵粉 / mian4 fen3 / flour / la farine
蛋 / dan4 / egg / les œufs
糖 / tang2 / sugar / le sucre
豬肉 / zhu1 rou4 / pork / le porc
咖哩 / ka1 li1 / curry / le curry

description:
so it's technically not a bread, but it's good enough to be mentioned. a firm flaky crust stuffed with a curry meat filling. and emphasis on firm. it may be flaky but it doesn't make a huge crumbly mess that flies around as you bite into them as most delicate flaky things do. this is made up of thicker layers, so there is a slight chew, and zero melt. my mom actually makes this in the states - all you need is to cook some meat with curry powder, some potatoes if you like, and stuff them in frozen ready made pie crust, then do an eggwash on top. it tastes close enough! of course nothing beats the stuff in asia! i think this actually originated somewhere else in asia, but i'm not sure where.

price:
25 NT = .75 USD = .56 EURO

Conclusion: YUM. I do wish the store listed -all- of the ingredients on the little title plates, and not just the major ones. I'm having lots of fun documenting and learning! Next up, more savory, and definitely some sweet breads! and more pictures of the actual store. once i get back to the states, i'll begin my attempts to bake subpar imitations!

2 comments:

Eva said...

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csquad said...

eva: thank you so much! i hope to share many more interesting things :)