Tag Archives: ice-cream

Lunch at Sweet Tea

31 Jul

I had tried the pastries only, I went there for lunch. I’m really fed up with Taiwanese and Chinese food now, and my dream would be to eat a real good steak/lamb or even better: a tartare and not meat in small pieces. Well, i wanted something nice and healthy, and i picked a salmon salad.

Croutons, fresh salmon, parmesan, parsley, salad, cherry tomatoes and a sauce. The salmon was the best i’ve ever had, so tasty. I’m not a huge fan of this kind of sauce with salads, but the ingredients inside were really good so it conterbalanced it. Just the price was the hardest thing to digest: 540NTD.

As a dessert, i chose the homemade ice-creams. You can choose whatever you want and the topping you want. One scoop is 90 NTD and the topping is 20NTD for each, except the homemade chantilly which is 40NTD. I chose coffee and hazelnut ice-cream, the chantilly, meringue and roasted hazelnuts.

The hazelnut was nice but my fav was of course the coffee one. A real and strong coffee flavor. Just maybe it was a little too liquid. The meringue was crispy just nicely but a little too sweet after the coffee (but that’s my fault for not picking the right topping). However, i really had a problem with the hazelnuts. They tasted like flowers and i don’t like them. And it doesn’t look like hazelnuts at all to me. So either way they gave me flowers and not hazelnuts, or they really gave me hazelnuts but i’m so stupid i can’t recognize them and they are roasted in a special way. But this one was not good to me. As for the chantilly, the vanilla flavor was nice but i would have prefered a little heavier one so that it would not melt too quickly and disapear.

Pancake sandwich Ice cream

27 May

Another strange product we can’t find in France, the Pancake ice cream, but beware: “Made in Taiwan”. Ohoho. That’s the real thing. Basically, it’ just two pancakes that are totally soak because of the ice cream with in the middle a flavorless ice cream (go for the vanilla/milk industrial ice cream). Everything is soft because of course defrosten pancakes are pretty bad. There’s always those strange things with ice cream in Asia. I remember a few years ago when i want in Japan, they also had ice cream in a king of a heart-shape meringue. Good and creative ideas but still i think that a really good ice cream speaks for itself.

Eating Cactus…

20 May

I don’t know how many westerners can say they have ever tried to eat cactus, but my friends and i did. It’s a delicacy of Penghu island. You don’t eat the whole thing, don’t worry, but only the part that will turn into a flower. In Chinese it’s called 仙人掌 (xianrenzhang). You can have several desserts with this cactus fruit.

I tried the ice-cream, the granita and the pie. My favorite goes for the ice-cream, even though it would have been even better if the taste was a little stronger. Then the cactus pie was also nice but a little too jelly-like (it’s nearly like a mochi). Finally the granita was tasteless.

Sandwich Ice-cream

14 Dec

Another weird thing invented by Asians, the sandwich ice-cream. The biscuit is salty, and the ice-cream is really creamy with a little of vanilla. Ok but not fantastic.

Movenpick

8 Dec

Swiss Ice-cream. A Swiss friend told me they were really good, and that’s no joke! Why eat ice-cream in winter? Well, i was in marcel and skirt, and i was too hot, even if it was 10pm. Yeah, we don’t have winter here (actually it depends on the day, and the hours), so you can enjoy ice-cream all year long!

I chose a 2 scoops one with coffee and white chocolate. You really have a strong coffee taste like i miss so much here. Delicious. While the white chocolate one is sweet, maybe a little too sweet for me, but i loved the fact that you really eat white chocolate (there’re small pieces in the ice-cream). And then, to go i took a tiramisu ice-cream which was nice but didn’t taste coffee as much as i would have liked. It was more like a cream. Even though it didn’t taste like tiramisu, it was nice.

I think Movenpick is going to be my favorite ice-cream brand here. But i also love Taiwanese shaved-ice with fresh fruits, so…

Count 130TWD for 1 scoop, 190TWD for 2 scoops and 135TWD for a small pack.

Movenpick
MRT: Gongguang
MRT: Jiannan Road (Miramar shopping mall, 3F)

Hielo

2 Dec

Yogourt ice-cream is pretty popular in Taiwan. Here is another brand, Hielo, which proposes 0% fat yogourt ice-creams. What is great is that you have the choice between a waffle ice-cream and a cupcake one. I chose the cupcake one, which a lot of fruits (called Kate). You can also make your own ice-cream if you prefer. I prefer this one to Yogourt, the ice-cream taste less like yogourt.

Count around 150 TWD for one cupcake hielo.

Hielo
ATT 1F Xinyi Area or several location
MRT: Taipei City Hall

Yogurt Art

18 Oct

I tried a new ice-cream concept (at least new for Paris), where you can choose your ice-cream between 6 flavors, and then put whatever you want with it. There are indeed small boxes where you can select fruits, dried fruits, cookies, chocolate…. and then you pay according to the weight. I think it’s quite expensive for the thing, compared to shaved ice, and that’s not better. The yogurt ice-cream really taste like yogurt, so i was a bit surprised and disappointed.

However, the concept of making your own ice-cream is really good, so i’ll keep it in mind.

Yogurt Art

MRT: Gongguan

Shaved Ice…finally…

1 Oct

It’s been a while since i wanted to go to Shilin night market. Not for shopping, but for food of course. It’s supposed to be the best night market on this subject. I’ve heard about Oyster omelettes, Stinky Tofu and Shaved Ice. Unfortunately for me, i couldn’t taste the 2 first ones, but i bothered so much the people wandering with me about the Shaved Ice, that we went there. And i did right, because everyone liked it in the end.

So, what’s special about this ice cream? It’s made of milk, and it is exactly like coconut. They grate it so it really look like snow. They add fruits with it or chocolate, peanut, red beans… depending on what you want. However, you can also have simple shaved ice with different taste than milk and no fruits. It’s quite big so you can share: we had 2 ice creams for 5 and it was ok.

The restaurant we went is one of the most famous of the market, you have to wait to get your seat, and once you’ve finished eating, they quickly quick you out to let other sit down. It’s near the teather. Unfortunately, i can’t read the name in Chinese.

I couldn’t find any dessert that i really liked here, well, i’ve finally found it. But that’s for summer, i need to find one for winter, now…

Shilin Market

On the right side of the teather near the MRT exit

Cold Stone Creamery & Capatina Ice creams

18 Sep

It was really hot, i was hungry and i wanted to try some ice cream. Hum, my bad. I tried 2 ice creams from 2 different shops since i was disappointed by the first one. Unfortunately for me, the second was even worse.

The first one i tried, from Cold Stone Creamery, was supposed to be banana, vanilla ice-cream and whipping cream. Banana: 1/6 of a banana. whipping cream: 1/4 of a tea spoon, vanilla ice-cream: 1/2 of a scoop. You will not die because you eat too much with that. And it was pretty expensive compare to what it was. The taste was ok, i mean, like fast food ice-cream: not great ice-cream but with the mix it’s not what matters, but  not a really good quality/price ratio.

The second one, from Capatina is suposed to make italian ice-creams, so i was hoping for some quality. The lemon sorbet didn’t taste anything. Only water and if you really concentrate yourself you can taste the lemon. But you really have to concentrate really hard. That’s a shame because lemon sorbet is easy to make and doesn’t cost a lot. It was the same for the passion fruit sorbet. They have the colors, but that’s all. Not even worth another try.

I noticed something while i was eating my ice-creams. People don’t eat the waffles of their ice-cream. They all leave it. I know that they don’t really enjoy crispy/crunchy things (you can’t find crispy bread, only loaf and bun, meat is often in soup and with a lot of fat so you don’t have really anything hard to eat, and they mainly only have creamy chiffon cakes as cakes!). So when i was eating my crispy waffle, everyone was looking at me.

Cold Stone Creamery                                          Capatina
                                        B1 Sogo Shopping Mall
                                      MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing

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