For anyone who has lived in Taichung Taiwan, 春水堂 is a place that you must visit. It is said that they were the first store to sell bubble tea. Ever. This is one of my favorite places in Taichung to eat at, because not only is their food amazing, I love the atmosphere and they allow you to sit indefinitely and hang out with your friends. This has always been a rendezvous point for me and my friend, and now I will tell you about how amazing the food is here. =)
They called this their 玉露凍飲, but its basically a milk tea + matcha powder slushie. Unfortunately, you can’t get half sugar or less ice with this drink (what would a slushie be without ice?), but I think it tastes great. Even though its a cold drink, you can definitely taste the fragrant matcha powder (which I love), and so I would recommend this drink to anyone who likes green tea.
Milk tea and sesame: two of my favorites. Funnily enough, this drink is called 健康鮮奶茶, which means “healthy fresh milk tea.” Nothing about sesame is mentioned here, silly Taiwanese people. Unlike most milk teas, this drink is made with milk as opposed to cream/creamer (it is rumored that cream does not exist in Taiwan?). You can definitely taste milk in it, and of course the sesame. Me and my friend loved this drink so much that when we brought a 3rd friend in, we ordered two pots of this stuff hot. It was amazing.
On the left is their 方舟, which is a type of cake made with brown sugar (黑糖糕). The brown sugar is very unique to Japan, and it has an amazingly fragrant that is only associated with that type of sugar. It is also a personal favorite. Also, the cake was amazingly soft and chewy, which makes this an amazing dessert.
On the right is their 招牌米血. Its basically congealed pig’s blood with glutinous rice steamed together into a block. I used to not eat any 米血 from other places because I didn’t like the texture. I think they make the best 米血 ever. The whole thing is very soft, whereas in other places the texture of the rice is course. Of course, the sauce they put on it is amazing; a little bit spicy and just the right amount of soy sauce and sesame oil. I always eat this as a meal when I come here.
Finally, their 功夫麵 is what they are famous for (among other things). Kung Fu noodles is noodles with minced meat sauce, I think? Anyway, I only had a bite of it, but their noodles are really nicely done. They’re chewy and the minced meat is very tastey.
For Taiwan, this place is actually quite pricey, but I think the quality of the food certainly calls for that price. Come visit me in Taiwan sometime and I’ll definitely bring you here =)