Red Bean Bread (@ Ellie la Pâtisserie)

When I was growing up in Taiwan, traditional Chinese bakeries are dime a dozen. But now, there are few and far between.  Taking over are "fancy" bakeries that boast foreign-trained pastry chefs.  

Ellie la Pâtisserie bills itself as a French bakery.  The website even suggests that there are branches in Paris, Osaka, and Taipei.  I am pretty sure I have not come across Ellie la Pâtisserie in Paris… just saying.  Yes, the store do sell a few traditional french pastries, but what it really excels at are traditional, local offerings.  

The best item in the bakery is the red (Azuki) bean bread, which is to die for!!  Fresh loaves of these red bean bread are made twice daily (once in the morning and once in mid-afternoon).  I time my visits accordingly.  I can easily polish off a loaf of these warm, soft, sweet Azuki beans filled bread all by myself. 

 Red Bean Loaf

Red Bean Loaf

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Since the bakery does make the best loaf of red bean bread that I have ever tasted, I'll overlook its "wannabe" marketing strategy. Go for this local favorite. If it's french patisseries that you crave, this place is not it.  

Ellie la Pâtisserie
仁愛路 4 段 300 巷 22 號
No.22, Lane 300, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Taipei
http://www.ellie.com.tw