What we ate: Taiwanese sweets.

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 Taiwanese shaved ice with red bean.

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 With sweet peanuts.

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 Dou Hua, a Taiwanese dessert of silken tofu that is lightly sweetened. You eat it the same way you would eat shaved ice: with various toppings, but it can be prepared either hot or cold.

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 Tiny passion fruit popsicle from Ice Monster, a famous shaved ice shop in Taipei. We didn’t have their shaved ice, but got a taste by visiting their pricey popsicle stand outside of the shop.

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 CHOCOLATE BREAD.

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Hot Pineapple bun with butter, a classic treat in Hong Kong. Though we were there earlier in the trip, we ended up tasting this in Taiwan. David loved it, but the melted butter was a bit too intense for me.

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The best Dou Hua I’ve ever had is from Zhuang Tou Dou Hua (庄頭豆花), a humble shop near our airbnb with incredibly fresh toppings and the silkiest Dou Hua. This is a must try!

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 The best.

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 Mango snow ice. Snow ice is a creamier and more modern counterpart to traditional shaved ice. The flavor is in the ice like a slushee, and it’s often topped with fruits like mango or strawberry and sweets like sprinkles and whipped cream.

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 My beloved Mister Donut.

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 Jiunn Meei is a famous pastry company from Taichung that specializes in pineapple and moon cakes.

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 This moon cake is firm and flaky on the outside with a chewy middle that holds a delicious filling of red bean and pine nuts. Layers of complex tastes and textures!

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These street treats are popular in Taiwan, and I’m not exactly sure what to call them. Let’s call them: egg-y dough-y biscuits with ADDICTIVE CUSTARD on the inside that I can slam down in 30 seconds.

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 Warm custard, or “nai you” (milk oil).

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And one with red bean paste.

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2 thoughts on “What we ate: Taiwanese sweets.

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