(Update 22/8/14: Added a more legible photo of the store menu.)
This is one of those rare, welcome occasions where a much-awaited place opens ahead of the expected time AND things go reasonably smoothly. Meet Fresh Taiwanese desserts is here! (As the insanely long queue of people extending out of the shop this Sunday afternoon can attest to). Naturally, we did what any normal person would do – we joined the insanely long queue, inching forward every five minutes in the freezing cold. ;)
At any rate, the wait wasn’t too terrible. It took us about 30-40 minutes to reach the counter and place our orders, and another 10 minutes or so to receive them. We seated ourselves in an alcove of the tastefully-furnished shop, and dug in. I had Taro ball dessert #6 – which consisted of taro balls, pearls, crystal noodles, and jelly in a base of crushed ice with honey (or brown sugar). The handmade taro balls were certainly the star of the dish, chewy and with a mild but addictive taste. The pearls tasted similar to the standard variety that you would find in a milk tea place, but were much smaller. I wasn’t fond of the crystal noodles and jelly, though, and would probably order a different variety of taro ball dessert next time. The crushed ice wrapped up the dish nicely, providing a sweet base and quenching your thirst at the same time.
I also tasted the traditional milk tea with herbal jelly – it was good, less sweet than that which you would find at most milk tea places. And of a lighter color. But it didn’t stand out much compared to the other desserts.
Definitely go and give it a try. The menu is slightly different from that which is found on the website, but the website is helpful for providing pictures of each dish, whereas the store menu isn’t terribly descriptive. The prices are pretty standard as far as Taiwanese desserts go, at $7.50 for most desserts and $6.50 for most milk teas. I don’t recall the exact location, and it isn’t on Google maps yet, but it’s on Lorne street close to Lorne St Cafe and Meemin hairdressing.
|Cost:||$5 – $10 pp|
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