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Cafes with soymilk?
Posted February 3rd, 2012 - 7:35 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)

Can anyone recommend cafes that offer soymilk in place of dairy? Despite Taiwan being famous for 豆漿, it can be tough to find places serving coffee that have soymilk to substitute, and often ones that do have soymilk only have one or two preset drinks with the soymilk, they won't allow to you order something else and have it made with soy, which is just bizarre to me.

Anyways, I go to school at Shida and live in Yonghe, so those areas would be choice. There's the salty peanut near Shida night market, and there's Starbucks, and that's about all I've found thus far.

Thanks in advance!


Posted February 6th, 2012 - 11:47 am by from Woodinville, United States (Permalink)
I experienced this same weird phenomenon myself. Unfortunately, I don't have any good info for you, but hope someone else does and tells us.

Posted February 7th, 2012 - 10:27 am by from Dongshi, Taiwan (Permalink)
I would buy a whopping bag of soymilk at a morning market...
Half a backpack worth for only about 18 $NT.

Posted February 7th, 2012 - 3:03 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
That's an option, though I was at a café near Gongguan recently - a café on the second floor of a building in which the first floor was a YongHe Doujiang ripoff, and I asked them if I went downstairs and bought a small cup of soymilk they'd be willing to use it to make me a latté and they said no outside food is allowed (even if, apparently, that outside food is brought in for the sole purpose of enabling me to buy stuff from them). And, while I've done my fair share of sneaking mixers in places, it'd be nice to not have to do that.

Posted February 8th, 2012 - 12:57 am by from North Berwick, Scotland (Permalink)
I did a mini-survey for my blog (http://meatlessmtwtfss.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-hot-pot-resaturant-taipei.html),
and found the following:

Many people say "i want to drink soymilk coffee but i have tried it and it tastes bad", if you then ask them where they tried it, the vast majority say "Starbucks".

This is because Starbucks is part of the Uni-President Enterprises corp, so it uses UP's own-brand soymilk, which many soymilk consumers say is particularly unpleasant.

The Loving Hut restaurant I reviewed had a nice cup of coffee using soy/oat-milk, but to drink that "in" you have to listen to a silly TV show promoting the "Supreme Master's" view of spirituality.

In a separate survey (http://meatlessmtwtfss.blogspot.com/2011/10/recipe-best-soymilk-coffee-unless-you.html)
I found IMei oat soya milk to even get under the radar of non-vegans who want cow milk coffee, so i recommend it to vegetarian cafes when i can.

Please write comments for my blog telling me of other soymilk coffee restaurants so I can go check them out.
I have

Posted February 8th, 2012 - 5:43 am by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
Well, if you're feeling ambitious, try going to "Salt Peanuts" (鹹花生) just off Shida night market (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=%E9%B9%B9%E8%8A%B1%E7%94%9F%E5%B8%AB%E5%A4%A7&fb=1&hq=%E9%B9%B9%E8%8A%B1%E7%94%9F%E5%B8%AB%E5%A4%A7&cid=0,0,2148889410084439871&ei=0QkyT5DMGKPKmAX7gZ3KBQ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CA4Q_BI) and convincing them agree to substitute soymilk for _any_ drink with dairy milk, instead of just having it in the two, preset drinks they offer it in (a soymilk latte and a macchiato, I think).

Ditto Chocoholic (http://chocoholic.com.tw/) a hot chocolate focused cafe off Yongkang Street that might have some coffee, too. They offer a doujiang hot chocolate and a mijiang hot chocolate, but will not allow you to substitute either for dairy in any of the other drinks, which are all more interesting that just plain hot chocolate (Mexican hot chocolate, Cherry Brandy hot chocolate, etc).