[Taipei] Scallion pancake stalls are ubiquitous in Taiwan, but make sure to try Hsiung Chi 雄記蔥抓餅, a new entry to the Michelin Guide with a Bib Gourmand.
Unlike the pancake of the West made from batter, the Chinese chong zhua bing (蔥油餅) is a savoury flatbread made from dough.
This iconic Taiwanese snack begins with dough that is rolled and flattened to create layers upon layers, with seasonings and fresh Chinese green onions or scallions laden in between.
Then the dough is shallow pan-fried and fluffed right in front of you on a large, oiled skillet until light golden brown. A popular place to get this is from Tian Jin Flaky Scallion Pancake 天津蔥抓餅 at Yong Kang Street.
Hsiung Chi Scallion Pancake is located within an alley of Gongguan Night Market 公館夜市, which is near the National Taiwan University. This explains the popularity with students.
The stall is about a 5 minutes’ walk from Gongguan station, and 8-10 minutes’ walk away from the popular Lan Jia Guabao 藍家割包.
Hsiung Chi’s Scallion Pancakes starts from the basic original at NT$30 (SGD1.40), offering various combinations with additions of egg, cheese, ham, bacon, and corn.
Your snack budget at Hsiung Chi is anywhere between NT$30 and NT$70 (SGD3.25). The popular combinations include pancake with egg and cheese (NT$40) and with egg, cheese, ham and bacon (NT$65).
I was lucky that I didn’t meet too long a queue, as the line quickly formed later. The friendly couple were sincere in explaining their product, and additions you can include.
”Feel free to customise!”
She asked if I wanted to add “九層塔” which literally meant “9 storey tower” – it took me a long time to figure what it was.
As I said ”why not”, she threw in a handful of leaves. Ah… basil leaves.
Customers can also require to add on the specially made honey mustard and spicy sauce – these two sauces made a lot of difference.
Their rendition of this popular Taiwanese snack is soft inside, crispy on the outside, and goes really well with the honey mustard and basil.
The texture may be softer and not as crisp as the other well-known stalls, but I was fine with it.
The basil leaves added this distinct flavour which I would describe as between sharp and delicate, and light fragrance. Interesting, and I think it worked.
A bite through, and you get a mixture of flavours from sweet mustard, spicy sauce, the saltiness from the cheese and ham, and herby basil all at the same time. Worth a visit.
Hsiung Chi Scallion Pancake 雄記蔥抓餅
Gongguan Night Market, 2, Lane 108, Section 4, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng, Taipei, 110, Taiwan
Tel: +81 6 6213 6110
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat – Sun, PH)
Google Maps – 雄記蔥抓餅
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