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COMPASS MAGAZINE > June 2008
 

Summer Delights: Taiwanese-style sweets--Lian Yu Fang, Icy Sweet Rice Noodles (Mi Tai Mu), Si Ji Chun Sweets Shop, Chen Ji Chilled Tea Shop

 

Lian Yu Fang

Lian Yu Fang

Lian Yu Fang

 

Lian Yu Fang

190, SuiYuan Rd, Sec 2
(next to WenXin Elementary School)
(04) 2241-0468
Hours: 11 am-10 pm
(closed Sundays)

Chuang Jia-hing, owner of Lian Yu Fang, has a lot of love for the delicacies from his home town, Tainan. He opened this sweet shop to introduce specialty treats like White River Lotus Seeds, Stewed Lotus Seeds with Rock Sugar & White Fungus, and White River Bird's Nest & Lotus Roots Tea to customers here in Taichung. --By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee

A: The smooth-textured White River Bird's Nest (NT$35) is made with real lotus root powder. The Lotus Roots Tea (NT$25) is made with dried lotus roots and brewed for three hours; the flavor is rich and refreshing.

B: Frozen Taro (NT$30) is created with the essence of the taro, rock sugar, and a tiny amount of maltose to sweeten it. Its welcoming scent lingers in the air with every bite. Their specially-made, sweet taro balls (yu yuen) are added to this frozen dish; adding a chewy texture that makes this dish quite popular.

C:Adzuki Beans with Buckwheat and Taro Balls (NT$35), and Stewed Lotus Seed with Rock Sugar and White Fungus (NT$45) are popular take-out items at Lian Yu Fang. These fresh lotus seeds are easy to chew on and an ideal summer treat.

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Icy Sweet Rice Noodles (Mi Tai Mu)

Icy Sweet Rice Noodles (Mi Tai Mu)

Icy Sweet Rice Noodles (Mi Tai Mu)

 

Icy Sweet Rice Noodles (Mi Tai Mu)

116, YongXing St (corner of YongXing & DeHua streets)
0933-532-206
Hours: 10:30 am-6 pm

The owner of Mi Tai Mu sits comfortably, chatting with guests about his eatery. These rice noodles, made from a special rice variety called "Lai Mi", actually take two years to make. Apparently it takes this long to expand the noodles to just the right width, which makes them taste better. Their delightful treats are also made with yellow jelly, which is a chewy dessert made with tapioca flour. Since yellow jelly has no flavor on its own, it's usually served with sugar water and other ingredients. The whole treat is topped with tapioca balls. --By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee

A: With a simple name that reveals the shop's wares, this place is often packed with a large crowd.

B: With your generously-portioned dessert, choose from Mi Tai Mu, yellow jelly, brown sugar jelly, tapioca balls, and grass jelly, at NT$35 per topping. These old-fashioned treats have never gone out of style.

C: This place has been open long enough for the owner to go from a bachelor to a man whose daughters have been running around in the shop for 27 years.

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Si Ji Chun Sweets Shop

Si Ji Chun Sweets Shop

Si Ji Chun Sweets Shop

 

Si Ji Chun Sweets Shop

108, GuangFu Rd (corner of XingZhong); (04) 2227-4326
Hours: 2 pm-9:30 pm
Closed the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

This Taiwanese sweets shop has been open for close to a century; their unique menu items are, according to owner, exclusive to their store. This is true as some of the ingredients they use to make these treats, such as the boat-fruited sterculia seeds, dried lily bulbs, and powdered tea, which are not commonly used to make icy sweets in Taiwan. Each dessert is NT$40. Apart from the Four Gods Ice Shavings, another signature item is San Yang Bing, made with adzuki beans, peanuts, and rice balls. --By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee

A: This century-old sweet shop has been a lifetime favorite of some area residents.

B: To make Mian-Cha Ice Shavings (NT$40), the chefs saute the powdered tea with dried red onion shavings and sesame seeds and then combine this mixture with sugar and lard to make a dough. Eat it before it melts!

C: The Four Gods Ice Shavings (NT$40) is traditionally made with "Peng Da Hai" (Boat-grown sterculia seed), mung beans, barley and agar jelly; now it is also served with dried lily bulbs when the sterculia seeds are in short supply.

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Chen Ji Chilled Tea Shop

Chen Ji Chilled Tea Shop

Chen Ji Chilled Tea Shop

 

Chen Ji Chilled Tea Shop

(04) 2225-5088
49, ZhongHua Rd, Sec 1
Hours: 12 pm-2 am

Chen Ji is a unique tea shop that sells an array of Chinese teas made with ancient Chinese ingredients, and also sells various tasty desserts. Their well-liked teas, which are more bitter than most, include the 24-Flavored Chilled Tea (NT$40), the milder Qing Cao Tea (NT$40) and the Chilled Qing Cao Tea (NT$40), a combination of the two. The most popular orders here, however, are their desserts. --By Niang Chen, translated by Ann Lee

A: Wuzhou's Guiling Jelly (NT$120) is a traditional Chinese dessert that was served at the Imperial palace; it tastes great either chilled or hot. The dessert, which is slightly black in color, tastes bitter at first, but has a sweet aftertaste. With coconut milk or honey, it's every kid's favorite dish.

B: Milk with Osmanthus (NT$68) is made with pure milk and osmanthus paste that's been braised with honey. It's slightly sweet and salty flavor brings out the rich, creamy aroma of the milk.

C: Served with handmade almond tofu, the made-to-order Almond Pudding with Stewed Sheue-Ha (NT$110) is another favorite.

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