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COMPASS MAGAZINE > April 2010
 

Flavorful, ingredient-rich wholesome bread-Finga's Base Camp, Evergreen Laurel Hotel Bakery, Liz Bakery (Hotel ONE), Sonata In Bread Major Bakery, Katsuya Bakery, Le Jardin de Giverny

By Douglas Habecker and Niang Chen
Translated by Naomi Lai

 

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Finga's Base Camp

(04) 2327-7750
61, ZhongMing S Rd
Hours: 9:30 am-10 pm
(opens 8 am Sat/Sun)
Credit cards accepted.

Operating under the expertise of chef/baker Rebecca Liu since 1994, Finga's bakery's vast selection of over 30 fresh-made European-style breads has been long-time favorite among foreigners and Taiwanese alike. While most are available daily, some are limited to certain days, such as the Double Rye (Wed. and Sat.), Pouches light rye bread (Fri.) and Cinnamon buns (Fri.). The long bread list includes Turmeric, Milano, Como, Farmer, Caraway Seed, Ciabatta, Focaccia, Panini, and Black Forest varieties.

Among Finga's breads, foreigners particularly favor the Rye, Sourdough, and Whole Wheat; while Taiwanese customers gravitate towards the sliced toast loaves like Whole Wheat, and Whole Wheat Walnut.

Some wholesome, healthy bread choices include the Muesli, made with oasts, bran, wheat flour, sunflower, pumpkin and white/black sesame seeds, honey and olive oil; Apricot High Fiber, with dry apples and pumpkin seeds; and the Multi Grain (NT$95). For those with digestive/acid sensitivities, there's also a Non-Yeast Bread.

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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Bakery

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Bakery

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Bakery

6, Taichung Port Rd, Sec 1, 1F
(04)2313-9988#2173
Hours: 10 am-10 pm
After 8:30, 40% off all bread, 25% off cakes
(40% off bread/cake purchases)

One of the first hotel bakeries to gain a popular local following, this shop offers a wide range of wholesome, healthy breads, made daily by Chef Ben Chang and his staff. While there are a wide variety of breads, chocolates, cakes and other treats, Chang especially recommends eight very hearty European-style breads, all made with "old dough" leavening and a wide variety of natural ingredients, from walnuts and stone-ground macadamia nuts to apricots and longan fruit.

Foreign and Taiwanese customers alike love the eight European-style breads, including the all-time favorite Walnut Bread (NT$100/loaf), plus other varieties like Purple Rice, Vanilla Potato, Rye, Apricot Oat, Germ Macadamia, and Linseed Currant.

With a thick dark crust and chewy flavorful richness, Longan Walnut Bread (NT$180) is unique to this bakery, made in limited quantities with natural yeast, dark rum and locally-grown longans.

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Liz Bakery (Hotel ONE)

Liz Bakery (Hotel ONE)

Liz Bakery (Hotel ONE)

(04) 2303-1234
532, YingCai Rd, 1F
Hours: 7:30 am-9:30 pm
After 8 pm, 30% off bread, 25% off cakes/sandwiches. 50% off sandwiches after 9 pm weekdays, 8 pm weekends.

Situated in the lobby of Hotel ONE, this bakery cafe may not look large, but actually has a repertoire of about 40 bread varieties, with about 20 available at any given time. Big and small loaves and pastries include baguettes, Mini Maple Croissants (NT$70 for five), Whole Wheat Walnut Cheese Bread, and the Crisp Danish (NT$40).

To guarantee freshness, Chef Bansen Su prepares his fresh, wholesome breads twice a day Monday to Thursday, and an impressive four or five times per day Friday to Sunday.

Popular breads at Liz Bakery include the low-sugar, low-fat Multigrain (NT$85/loaf), made with over 10 kinds of grain, nuts and other healthy ingredients. Two other offerings (pictured) are Asuki Bread (NT$45), which includes small red beans; and the Rye Raisin (NT$45), a tasty-but-healthy treat that includes chocolate, making it a favorite among moms shopping for kids.

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Sonata In Bread Major Bakery

Sonata In Bread Major Bakery

Sonata In Bread Major Bakery

(04) 2321-9788
114-1, DaGuang St
Hours: 12 pm-9 pm or until sold-out--please call first(closed Saturdays and last Sunday of the month)

The low-temperature rising of bread dough composed
of natural yeast and old dough creates Sonata In Bread Major's soft, moist and healthy bread. Bread types include French, Italian, Country-Style, Barley, Durum Wheat, Oats, Brown Rice, Rye and more.

The flax seed breads come in many flavors: Plain (NT$48), Raisin, Walnut and Almond (NT$35), Figs and Walnut (NT$38), and Smoked Chicken and Cheese (NT$38). Various fillings are packed into the firm European-style flax seed dough for a layered texture and flavor that is a truly delicious experience to the very last bite.

The sugarless, oil-less and egg-less Rye Bread (NT$65) is made with rye dough raised with natural yeast, together with cranberries, raisins and walnuts. Hand-kneading the dough creates a chewy bread texture and tiny holes through with the natural fragrances of the ingredients can filter through.

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Katsuya Bakery

Katsuya Bakery

Katsuya Bakery

190, SanMin Rd, Sec 3
停業 Closed

Katsuya Bakery is a joint effort by a Japanese baking master and Taichung store owner. The bakery offers almost 120 flavors of bread, baked from 19 types of dough created from high quality natural yeast. Bread at Katsuya is made with all-natural ingredients and no artificial additives, making it both delicious and healthy.

The European-style crispy, chewy French Bread is packed with various ingredients--such as Five Grains (NT$49, half loaf), French Walnut (NT$50, half loaf), and Cranberry Cream Cheese (NT$42)--giving it a very natural flavor.

Katsuya offers soft breads such as the Japanese Chicken Roll (NT$38), filled with vegetables and chicken. There is also the White Sauce and Smoked Chicken Bread (NT$45) and the Earl Milk Bread Stick (NT$32) which goes well with coffee and tea. The chewiness of the QQ French Cheese Bread (NT$35) comes from the glutinous rice (mochi) in the bread. A favorite among customers is the triangular Tokyo Tower (NT$35), filled with sausages and melted cheese.

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Le Jardin de Giverny

Le Jardin de Giverny

Le Jardin de Giverny

(04) 2376-9755
60, WuQuan 7th St
Hours: 10 am-10 pm
Credit cards accepted. After 9 pm, 35% off on bread.

This attractive, French-style bakery cafe, located along the Art Museum Parkway, has a dedicated bakery section, visited by many customers for take-out breads and baked goods. A little over a dozen types of bread are available daily, regularly rotating from among a total of 40-plus types. According to chefs, the breads are all-natural and preservative/additive free, using pesticide-free veggies and other healthy ingredients. Mostly sold in smaller loaves averaging between NT$40 and NT$65 each, the range here includes flat disks of Italian Herb Bread; Multi Grain, Linseed and Vienna Cranberry breads; cheese and chocolate croissants; and various sliced loaves of toast.

Giverny's warmly-lit bread display offers a selection that often includes local variations on European themes, with bread types such as Sesame Yam (NT$50), Brown Sugar, Mushroom, and Seaweed Cheese. Others have fillings, like the Squid-ink bread with German sausage or French Smoked Chicken Bread.

Healthy baguettes like the Natural Yeast French Bread (NT$60) and French Cuttlefish Bread (NT$40) are regularly available.

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