Today was a good day for this native Taiwanese : I walked into Hong Kong Market in NYC and saw the famous Tai Yang Bing (Sun Pastry?) in the familiar but for me "long-time-no-see" boxes of 6 on the shelf. Then in another isle I saw something I've been craving for 30 years. (warning, you won't like it unless you grew up with it!) It's the five-spice bean curd, extra hard, 10 mini packs (4 squares per) in one long package.
At home I had the Tai Yan Bing. In Taiwan people break one of this apart and dunk into milk, like how morning cereals here. If eaten alone, one needs a cup of hot tea or coffee, otherwise it's a bit dry. Though it's very flaky and with a thin layer of maltose in the middle. This brand is the original. Even though it's not as fresh as if you eat it in Taiwan, the quality is still better than ones made in the States. Probably due to native ingredients used.
The dougan is good as tea or beer snack. It's chewy and savory, though could be "leathery" if one didn't grow up eating it.
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