I can live without rice but not without bread. After falling out of love from Breadtalk, I've discovered a new haven for my love for bread. My friend Arpee and I were just driving along P. Guevarra St. in San Juan last Friday and found a new haven of bread passions at Taibun Bakery and Coffee Shop.
The place seemed simple with the array of bread choices arranged in decks but the surprise was after biting into each bread. I was surprised to have found similar variety of bread in Breadtalk. Since we have thought of dinner before buying bread (15% off from 9pm onwards), we were recommended their set meals.
Itching to try something exotic and unique, we were offered Set D and E. Set D was Chicken, Egg and Kinmen Fried Noodles. Set E was Slice Pork, Green Tea Egg and Special E-noodles. I was curious of what Kinmen Fried Noodles would taste so I ordered Set D and Arpee ordered the E. A Fil-Am friend of the owner, Johnson Hsieh from Taiwan told us that each dish is always freshly-made and created by the owner himself, Mr. Hsieh (and that was the reason he stepped out of the room to go to his kitchen).
Soon after some chats and enjoying the freshly-made Iced Tea that comes with every Set Meal (at P100 only), my Set D arrived smoking hot on a big plate. It was fried eggs, sliced chicken and thin egg noodles sauteed with peas and carrots. I was very happy at the big serving considering the meal was just P100 and even happier when I've tried the Kinmen Fried Noodles. It may seem like a pancit canton without the overwhelming mix of herbs and spices. You'd really enjoy the simplicity of the dish. In fact, it was my first time to taste the noodles without the saltiness of the sauce which most noodle dishes are usually prepared.
Arpee's Set E was in a big bowl of special E-noodles, marinated sliced pork and scrambled eggs and spices. We both stopped talking like we used to when enjoying the food. I had a taste of his special noodles and I must say they really make their noodles fresh because it's really delicious and the texture was just perfect.
All the ingredients they use for the meals and the bread came from Taiwan and considering the prices, you'd really want to shop for more if you live far from San Juan. No preservatives are added so bread should be consumed right after to better serve quality and healthy food choices.
Mr. Hsieh personally attended to us as he always do to his customers and it was an honor to meet one of the chefs who taught Breadtalk to make wonderful varieties of bread. We also indulged on their famous Light Cheesecake (P60) which had a perfect blend of sweetness and saltiness. It's soft, light and really unforgettable.
I can't wait to buy more of their Ham and Cheese Loaf bread when I visit next week. Enjoy bread and more at Taibun Bakery and Coffee Shop located at P.Guevarra St., Little Baguio, San Juan. For more information, call 02-655-8155 or text 0916-6855461.