Inside a Taiwanese Bakery

One thing that I’ve discovered about Taiwan, especially outside of Taipei, is that people want you to know how they make things. Be it a food stall in a local night market, a piano factory in Taoyuan, or a bakery in the Sanxia district of New Taipei City (formerly Sanxia city).

Welcome to Kang Hsi Shuan Croissants Co., LTD., one of the more well-known baked goods chains in Taiwan. As implied in the business name, they are most famous for their take on theFrench crescent-shaped bread. The Kang Hsi Shuan version is made from a denser dough, has a hard & crunchy exterior, and is coated with a final layer of melted butter. It is very, very good.

The main baking center in Sanxia is very open to visitors and even holds cooking classes for groups of children.

Welcome to one of the best-smelling places on the planet.

From back to front.

Making the neighborhood smell better.

The “cow horn bread” is made obvious in the logo.

My thanks to the kind folks at Kang Hsi Shuan Croissants Co., LTD. for letting me stumble about the kitchen for a couple of hours and making me smell like fresh-baked bread for the rest of the day.

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.