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Almond Tofu Dessert

26 Oct
almond dessertlocationdesRight Next to Jingmei Station Exit 1 (map)
Information: It seems all I can write about are desserts nowadays, but you can’t blame me, they’re so freakin’ delicious! Here’s one I tried at the Jingmei night market. Tofu in Taiwan comes in all kinds of flavors, textures and sizes; both savory and sweet. Just recently I bought a package of cold oatmeal tofu and the night before I had a lovely hot pot dinner with dried white tofu, cold white tofu and ”tofu skin”,which tasted a little meaty. You can also find it steamed with eggs and seafood; anyway, there’s loads. I am definitely into the dessert versions (check out the traditional dessert 豆花 here). The tofu of this dessert was mixed with almond milk and almond extract; it created a very creamy nutty flavor. Other ingredients were Azuki beans, chewy fruit jelly and milk. The flavors are always so interesting; like for example the fruit jelly and creamy tofu tasted somewhat like fruit with whipped cream; lovely. What I like about desserts here is that they’re not overly sweet, but always have a very rich flavor and you always taste ingredients to the fullest. Anyway; Almond Tofu; try it. You can also find plain almond tofu in your regular supermarket 🙂
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Categories:    Desserts!

Taro, Coconut Milk & Tapioca Dessert (芋頭西米露)

22 Sep
taro coconutlocationdesClose to NCCU University, The Zoo and Maokong Mountain. It’s also close to where I live, if you want to stalk me. Anyway, it’s a little hard to find, but I think this place is worth going to because it’s local, traditional and cheap.  Take any bus towards Jingmei Girls Highschool (景美女中)from Qizhang七張 station or Taipei Zoo Station (map) and walk about 5 minutes down the street towards NCCU University.
Information: Ahh yes, Taro. Finally I get to introduce a dessert with Taro as its main ingredient. Taro is a purple root vegetable similar in texture to that of a potato. Like Sweet Potato, it can be added to both savory and sweet dishes. The original flavor of Taro is actually a little bit salty, but when adding sugar(sweetener/honey/anything) and any liquid, the texture and flavor change completely, which is what makes Taro so interesting. In this dessert, sweetened taro is added to a traditional dessert soup from Hong Kong (I think, or southern China). It’s called ”Sai Mai Lo” in Cantonese, but the slightly cuter Xi Mi Lu (西米露) is used here in Taiwan. It’s made out of coconut milk and tapioca and you can eat it like that (hot or cold), or with other ingredients, like Taro. When taking a bite of this dessert, you’ll feel like you’re eating frosting off of a cake..without the cake! Cooked/Steamed taro and creamy liquids really complement each other. Tapioca is added, again, for the texture. The pearls used in Xi Mi Lu are really small and you don’t need to bite on them, which is why you won’t get much of that ”jelly” feel.  Try anything sweet with taro! It’s delicious.
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Categories: Desserts

Cold Tofu Dessert: 豆花

8 Sep

Traditional Tawainese Dessert: 豆花douhualocationdes

Name: 三兄妹。Located in the popular shopping area Ximending 西門町. (Ximen Station Exit 6. See Map)

Information: The great thing about Taiwanese desserts, is that it often isn’t super processed, and so you get ”pure” ingredients, which can makes desserts here much lighter. You can also often choose ingredients and the amount of sugar added. So there’s always room for dessert! Yay! This dessert restaurant is located in the food area of Ximen and It’s probably the biggest one in the area because it offers a wide selection of traditional desserts. You can pick many variations of shaved ice, snow ice, fruit ice and the dessert I chose: 豆花, a bean curd dessert. What you get is a big chunk of cold, flavorless tofu combined with other ingredients such as sweetened kidney beans, red beans, green beans, fruit, soft peanuts, sweet potato, taro,  jelly, tapioca and lots more. If you find a shop selling primarily 豆花,  you usually get to pick your toppings. I picked a peanuts and tapioca pearls version. They start of with pouring some black sugar water into a bowl. Then comes a huge amount of tofu, toppings and some crushed ice (optional). The peanuts were softened and thus created a somewhat peanut buttery taste when eating it. I’m a fan of wobbly desserts, so I really love Tapioca (and so do the Taiwanese, you can get it with nearly everything sweet!). but it doesn’t necessarily add a lot of flavor, it’s the texture that matters. Be sure to give it a try!

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Categories: Dessert

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Shaved Ice(刨冰)- A Taiwan Favorite

27 Jul

Shaved Ice  刨冰

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locationdes(this district can be found at Dongmen Station, just walk down the shopping district and you’ll stumble upon a place called 刨冰之家(house of shaved ice), which is hidden behind a huge orange dessert restaurant) Good Luck!

Information: Taiwan is king when it comes to desserts. Especially shaved ice is among the most popular desserts and on hot days like today, (boy was it hot) people crowd around shaved ice restaurants like they haven’t eaten for days.  Shaved Ice in itself is nothing special, but add some fruit and condensed milk (or just fruit) and you’ve got yourself a real treat. You can get several versions of shaved ice; there are shops or  street vendors just selling flavored shaved ice or shaved ice with milk and/or fruit juice. My dessert however had some fresh fruit and sweet condensed milk on top. Mango shaved ice is definitely a Taiwan favorite, as Taiwan produces a lot of the yellow fruit (and it is therefore found in any kind of sweets you can think of). This restaurant had many other options as well; there was strawberry, taro (a purple root vegetable with the texture of a sweet potato), green and red beans, candy, jelly; pretty much anything sweet you can think of. Prices vary from 70 NTD – 220 NTD . The size of this dish was huge, and not only at this restaurant, but pretty much any shaved ice place you can think of, so prepare to get stuffed! This is definitely a must-try when going to Taiwan. This place  was hidden behind a much bigger dessert restaurant, so it may be a little hard to find, but just like many other dishes, you will stumble upon many of these restaurants.

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Rating: I cannot begin to describe the many flavors and textures of this dessert. I am a huge fan of Taro for one, it’s chewy and incredibly sweet. Combine that with fresh fruit and cold shaved ice for a flavor explosion. But any kind of ingredient (except for candy maybe, that was a little strange) will do. It’s delicious; not only here, but probably wherever you go. ijsjemoeder

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