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COMPASS MAGAZINE > October 2013
 

The world of Eggs Benedict--3 Mins, BAGELS 'N BEANS, The Early Bird Diner, All Lovely Food

Translated by Angel Pu

3 Mins

(04) 2329-5551
27, Lane 419, ZhongMei St, West Dist.
Hours: 9 am-9:30 pm
English menu available.
Cash only.
No service charge.

3 Mins' eggs Benedict is cooked with fruit vinegar in 85-degree Celsius water for 15 minutes, so that the egg yolk is flowing just above the frosting-like egg white. The restaurant's authentic Hollandaise sauce is made with clear butter on the top layer of melted salt-free butter and an equal proportion of egg yolks with pepper, salt and lemon juice. --By Niang Chen

A: Shrimp Mushrooms Benedict (NT$260) contains big, fresh shrimp and stir-fried mushrooms between the egg and the muffins. The shrimps' sweetness and the mushroom fragrance create a delicious flavor contrast with the creamy egg yolk.

B: Canada Bacon Benedict (NT$240) includes thick Canadian bacon that goes great with the egg yolk, Hollandaise sauce and savory, crispy fries. Add NT$60 for a salad or soup.

C: Although it looks a bit like a bar, 3 Mins opens early every morning and creatively combines modern and retro American-style decorations. The average bill here is about NT$150/person.

3 MinsA. 3 MinsB.  3 MinsC.

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BAGELS 'N BEANS

462, HeNan Rd, Sec 4, Nantun Dist.
Closed 停業

Famous for its bagels, breakfast burritos and hot pockets, Bagels 'N Beans has attracted a long-term following of regulars. Unlike most other restaurants' poached eggs Benedict, an order of this restaurant's pan-fried eggs Benedict allows diners to choose whether they want their eggs half-done with a creamy egg yolk, or well-done with a fluffy egg yolk. --By Niang Chen

A: The rich salmon flavor of the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict (NT$230) is mellowed a bit with the combination of a smooth egg yolk, firm bagel and savory Hollandaise sauce.

B: The pairing of bagels and country-style mashed potatoes in the Canadian Ham Eggs Benedict (NT$230) is pretty addictive.

C: As the eatery's name suggests, there are various kinds of bagel flavors here, including cheese, assorted grains, and green onions, which are all exclusive to this restaurant. Diners can combine any selection with a choice of spreads and toppings to create a broad variety of bagel snacks.

BAGELS 'N BEANSA. BAGELS 'N BEANSB. BAGELS 'N BEANSC.

 

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The Early Bird Diner

(04) 2320-2608
62, ZhongMing S Rd, West Dist.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 am-12 am, Sun. 8 am-5 pm
English menu available.
Wi-Fi available; pet-friendly.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.

The Early Bird has been serving Taichung diners for the last five years, with a capacity of about 70 (inside and outside), classic American diner-style tables, three big-screen TVs, and bar-style seating. The mid-priced menu includes Full Breakfast Combos, with home fries, toast, juice and three veggies, plus pancakes, salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, wraps, burger combos, smoothies, milkshakes, and coffee. After 5 p.m., pasta and garlic bread are also available. Their regular specials are Taco Tuesdays (Mexican Night), Wings Wednesdays with five different wings for NT$15/each, and the Fish & Chips Calamari Fridays. --By Javier Siles

A: Eggs Benedict (NT$249), which comes in four flavors--ham, salmon, spinach, and tomatoes & bacon--plus a veggie (spinach) version for vegetarians. Diners can dictate how they'd like their eggs (all from local farmers) done.

B: Eggs Montreal (NT$269), a delicious mix of eggs, salmon, Hollandaise sauce and bread, is a must-try.

C: This American-style eatery has a spacious lay-out.

The Early Bird DinerA. The Early Bird DinerB. The Early Bird DinerC.

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All Lovely Food

114, DaDun 18th St, Xitun Dist.
(04) 2310-0865
Hours: 8 am-3 pm
English menu available.
Cash only.
No service charge.

The small, stylishly-decorated All Lovely Food offers elaborately-prepared fare that will brighten up your day. This includes different varieties of eggs Benedict such as veggie, tomato and bacon, and smoked salmon. --By Niang Chen

A: This little eatery provides English-style meals.

B: The Spicy Shrimp Benedict Eggs (NT$220) contains fresh shrimp stir-fried with a Singaporean spicy crab paste that nicely complements the eggs and fluffy muffin.

C: Made with eggs from a farm in the Shengang district, the Beef Benedict Eggs (NT$180) also contains beef stir-fried with bell peppers and Hollandaise sauce. This meal comes with a salad topped with a homemade garlic Caesar dressing, plus chips and fries with spicy salsa sauce.

All Lovely FoodA. All Lovely FoodB.  All Lovely FoodC.

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