Eating TAIWANESE BREAKFAST in TAIPEI and Day Trip to SHIFEN WATERFALL Taiwan





Where to eat Taiwanese breakfast in Taipei. How to get to Shifen from Taipei. Where to eat in Shifen. How to get to Shifen Waterfall from Taipei.

BREAKFAST STOP:

Fu Hang Dou Jiang (Fu Hang Soy Milk) No. 108, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Fu Hang Dou Jiang was the first stop of the day for a traditional Taiwanese breakfast. There is usually a long line here, but we walked right in since it was late morning just before close. It is located upstairs on the second floor. We ordered two bowls of salty soy milk, one you tiao, one cold rice milk and one sesame flat bread with egg. We really enjoyed our breakfast and were nice and full for the journey ahead.

HOW TO GET TO SHIFEN from TAIPEI:

From Taipei Station, take one of the trains to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang, transfer to the train to Shifen. The specific train number will vary depending on what time you leave Taipei.

Since the Shifen connection is a separate train, it was easier for us to buy the tickets for both trains from the counter instead of the machines. Give the person at the counter the time of the train from Google Maps. For example, the 5:30 to Ruifang and 6:30 to Shifen. The ride will take about an hour and fifteen minutes.

SHIFEN OLD STREET:

This is a heavily touristed street that runs along the train tracks. We followed our noses to a delicious aroma an found a stall selling chicken wings. They were grilled, topped with a lightly sweet bbq sauce, spice blend, sesame seeds and dried seaweed. Inside, they were filled with fried rice. Absolutely delicious and regret not buying a few more!

Here, a popular activity is to write a message or wish on a plastic lantern, which is then lit up and sent up into the sky. It may be a fun activity for many, but the smell of burnt plastic is terrible and it leads to lots of waste and garbage around the town.

SHIFEN WATERFALLS:

Walk down the old street along the train tracks and follow the sign to Shifen Waterfall Park. It is about a 25 minute walk from the train station. But, it will likely be longer while exploring and taking in the sights of Shifen along the way.

The falls are well worth the walk and the two suspension bridges are quite nice too.

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We are Greg and Jumi, hailing from opposite ends of the globe. Greg is a native New Yorker who was born and raised in Queens NYC and Jumi grew up in the beautiful islands of the Visayas region of the Philippines.

How did we meet? One of us messaged the other on Instagram (before sliding in DM’s was even possible through the app!) and we met just after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC in October 2012. Although we grew up in two very different worlds, we bonded over a love of experiences over material things, delicious food and exploration.

We have visited 15+ countries together since December 2014 exploring beaches, ancient temples, bustling streets and ruins. Along the way, we get adrenaline flowing whether paragliding, ziplining, or jetskiing.

To fuel up for our adventures (and everyday life), we eat lots of local food wherever we are. Street food, carts, trucks, hidden gems and family-run sit-downs are our mainstays. We don’t cook, but prefer to spend our money on experiences and we treat food as one. Hey, we gotta eat regardless, right? May as well enjoy it and support good businesses while we’re at it!

All of this is done while we work full-time at our day jobs. How do we do it? Follow along our journeys and you will learn more. Welcome to our lifestyle!

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40 Replies to “Eating TAIWANESE BREAKFAST in TAIPEI and Day Trip to SHIFEN WATERFALL Taiwan”

  1. Maria and Nabol

    Nice shots of the countryside from the train. Oohhh, grilled chicken wings! Heck yes! We've never tried anything like that. Unidentified spice powder! HAhaha That's the good stuff.

  2. Maria and Nabol

    Love that youtiao! That looks like a very tasty bowl. We always woke up too late to try that. 🙁 But we got to eat plenty of youtiao and steamed buns! 🙂

  3. Lifetime Travelmates

    Fu Hang Soy milk!! haha we also went to that place! best breakfast we had in Taipei! we ordered a bit too much, but it was so good we barely felt guilty haha!
    good music selection!

  4. Ross and Bek

    We're getting some inspiration for spots back in Asia for next year. Stumbled across this and loved it guys!
    How good was that breakfast! Oh – the grilled chicken wings – yaaasss!!!
    Oh – loving the music! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  5. Peter and Yen

    Man what an intro! That waterfall looks awesome. But seriously Taiwanese breakfast is one of the best you can get. Love that salty soy milk with those scallions and fish. Great pronunciation of the Chinese words too 😁👍 I needa go Taiwan some day yens already been 😳

  6. GoYvon

    The food you guys eat! Looks so delicious, except for maybe the porridge. And youtiao, haven't had that for a long time, it's popular here in Beijing too. I really don't understand all the lanterns… so bad for the environment.

  7. Four Friends One World

    A hearty breakfast before a train and hike adventure. We have heard of a train stop/station… but never a chicken wing train stop 😉

    That waterfall is beautiful. Another great example of how to work off a great meal.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel vlogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

  8. Inspectah Dek

    Looks like a heavy breakfast. I was surprised by the breakfast spread I had when I was in Taipei for a day. It was a lot of foods that I would've associated with lunch/dinner

  9. This Big Wild World

    That chicken wing!! Yum! Also, the waterfall is gorgeous and the public transit doesn't seem too difficult to navigate. Thanks for sharing 😉

  10. The Mint Story

    Ooh the Taiwanese breakfast looks like real comfort food (even though it tastes fishy if I understood correctly:)). I love exploring breakfast traditions in different parts of the world. The Shifen Waterfall looks wonderful, a bit like our Plitvice lakes!

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