If you still remembered that my classmate had got me two baking books while I was staying in the hospital, one of them is the “火頭工“, of which I had a review on it. The other one is the “野上智寛的麵包全圖解“, a book focusing on the recipe and baking techniques for breads sold in his bakery – Boulangerie Nogami. Despite I have not completed reading it, I was still eager to visit Boulangerie Nogami while I was in Taipei in last December.
Tomohiro Nogami has two bakery stores in Taiwan, the first one is at LuZhu District of Taoyuan. The second one that was opened in 2011 is located in Shilin District of Taipei City.
On my last day of stay in Taipei, I would like to visit the Nogami Bakery.
After having my lunch near the MRT Nanjing Sanmin Station, I found that I might be running out of time if I went to the Taoyuan store as I had another dinner gathering with my classmates that evening. Rather than going to Taoyuan, I planned to visit the Tianmu store instead.
This was my first time to visit Shilin. There were a lot of interesting shops along the MRT Shilin Station: Book stores, bread and cake shops and small coffee shops. A wonderful place for hipsters.
It took about 15 minutes of walk from MRT Shilin Station to Boulangerie Nogami Tianmu (MRT Zhishan Station should be much closer).
It was a Saturday afternoon and there was a flea market under the MRT elevated bridges. That one was called the Gue Gei Market, opened for selling of farm products from small group of farmers, life-style accessories, snacks, coffee and even second-hand clothes. A crowded place with a lively atmosphere.
The Boulangerie Nogami Tianmu was within a few minutes of walk along the Shilin Bridge and the Fuguo Road.
途中不經意地看到一部中古轎跑車，走近一看，原來是豐田Corolla E20 Levin TE27。這款車在1974年已停產，粗略估計車齡也應該有四十多年，但車身狀態仍然保養得很好，除了輪圈外，也沒有甚麼車身改裝，極佳的保養功夫。
On my way to Boulangerie Nogami, I came across a somewhat antique car parked on the side of the street. Closer look revealed that it was a Toyota Corolla E20 Levin TE27 Coupe. As Toyota had ceased the model’s production dated back in 1974, I believed this Levin TE27 should be at least 44 years old. It still looked great and without any external modification other than wheel replacement, excellent maintenance efforts from its owner.
轉過街角便到達今天的目的地 – 野上麵包天母二店。
Boulangerie Nogami Tianmu was right at the corner of the street.
先看看主角們 – 精美的歐陸麵包整齊地展示在店內，有各式的堅果、乾菓麵包，可頌，法國長棍及義大利麵包等。
Let’s take a look at the various European breads shown in the store: Breads with nuts and dried-fruits, croissants, Baguette and other Italian breads like Ciabatta & Focaccia, etc.
Comparing with those Artisan breads from Aduan Bakery that are plain on outside but rich on taste, breads from Nogami are more fancy and similar to those available in Japan. Probably this is related to Nogami’s Japanese origin!
In addition, Nogami also carried a great variety of cakes and desserts.
Since Christmas was coming within a week, festival breads like Panetone and Stollen were also available.
The baking room was at the back of the store. Customers can enjoy the great skills of the bakers through the glass curtain.
Finally I got Fruit Restigue, French bread with Fig Walnut and Cheese Toast for my tasting.
There was also a small eating corner within the shop for customers to enjoy the breads.
Instead of eating inside, I preferred to stay at the wooden bench outside the store. Feeling relaxed enjoying my bread and iced coffee from Nogami while watching cars and pedestrians moving around the street.
The crumb of this French bread was airy and the dried fig was not too sweet, a great sweetie for the afternoon.
As dinner time was coming real soon, I would leave the Fruit Restigue as my brunch for the following day.
For the Cheese Toast, I had shared with my little boy when he arrived to Taiwan on the following days. It was damn tasty but oops, I just forgot to take some photos of it. 😬
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