There are so many delicious foods
and flavours to choose from in Taiwan that I wanted to devote an entire video
to focusing on Taiwanese desserts. Totally unique, totally mouthwatering,
this video is full of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. For more about what to eat and drink in Taiwan
check the rest of my Taiwan series and subscribe for more travel adventures. I’m going to start with a place in Taipei
called Snow King and the name says it all. This ice cream parlour has been an institution
since it first opened in 1947. Snow King is known for its inventive flavours
that you don’t normally find on an ice cream menu. Flavours like kidney bean, mung bean, sticky rice,
date paste, egg, hibiscus, wasabi, curry, chili pepper, basil, sugarcane, bitter melon,
sesame oil chicken, soybean curd, pork floss, pork knuckle, and Taiwan beer. Most of the suggestions come from customers
who know that the shop can meet the challenge. They have over 400 flavours in their arsenal and at least 50 or so are available
to scoop at any one time. The colours of the ice cream aren’t super bright
and it’s hard to distinguish them from each other so you choose less by how they look
and more by how you think they’ll taste. It was hard to choose but we got
honey and custard apple. Oh…oh that’s good. That was my pick. Good pick. At first, I didn’t think it had any flavour
and then like two seconds later it popped. Oh, oh, the build up in your mouth is so exciting. You can hear like a little string quartet. Oh my god, are you playing Flight of the Bumblebee? Yeah. That is like chugging on a bottle of honey. Holy kapowgabonza. Sweet? The flavour is so spot on, like if there were a target
for flavour it would be dead in the centre. Wow. It’s just like honey. It’s not like an imitation of honey
or it like reminds you of honey. This is like sucking on a bee. Next up is another dessert made with ice cream
that also has a totally unique taste. You’ll find this at street vendors and night markets
for about 40 Taiwan dollars or about $1.70 CAD. You start with a flour wrap, add fresh cilantro –
yes, cilantro! – then scrape shavings off a massive block
of peanut brittle using a wooden tool, and top with three scoops of ice cream. It all gets rolled together and looks more like
a spring roll served in a plastic bag. It’s basically an ice cream burrito Taiwanese style. All words I love, especially together. It’s really weird. I like it. You like it? One of Taiwan’s best known specialties is shaved ice and I love how many creative ways
there are to serve it and eat it. We had a really memorable experience in Kaohsiung at a spot where they’re known for serving
shaved ice in epically large portions. I’m not kidding either – the biggest bowl
is so gigantic you could practically bathe in it. And when it’s hot, bathing in shaved ice
sounds like a great idea. The shop was lively and fun
with writing scribbled all over the walls and people packed in tightly
to share with their friends. We had a sweet and creamy mango shaved ice
with big chunks of fresh mango on top, but it looked tiny and normal next to
what I will now think of as the T-Rex of shaved ice. Topped with red bean, taro, and juicy fresh fruit,
this felt like a bottomless bowl. Now I want to introduce you to my new boyfriend –
don’t worry, Marc is in love with him too – his name is Mister Donut. This chain originally started
in the United States in 1955 when two brothers broke their partnership together and started businesses separately: one started Mister Donut
and the other started Dunkin Donuts. That is a talented family. Mister Donut is now actually
a Japanese chain with over 5500 shops and it’s really popular in Asia, including in Taiwan. They sell traditional donuts but what I want
to talk about are their signature pon de ring donuts. I thank the dessert gods for this style of donut because they are totally different from anything
you find at, say, Tim Horton’s in Canada. They remind me of a baby teething ring which makes sense even for non-teething adults because this is something you’re going to want to
sink your teeth into as often as possible. I’m about to say two words that belong together:
mochi donut. It’s a mochi freaking donut. Mochi is a Japanese food –
one of my personal favourites – made of glutinous rice that has a very chewy texture. They have regular flavours of these mochi donuts
like chocolate, strawberry and matcha and they also do seasonal flavours too. Two balls on that one bite. There’s nothing not to love here: they’re adorable looking, unique,
and taste outstanding. I realized making this video that there’s no footage
of me actually eating a mochi donut, however, and the only explanation I can offer
is that they’re so good I honestly just inhaled them too quickly and forgot. Sorry not sorry. But I did have a lesson in self discipline
carrying a bag of them home on the subway because you can’t eat on the subway in Taipei. Mister Donut! One mochi donut costs about
35 Taiwan dollars or $1.50 CAD. I would suggest buying
more than one right off the bat because as soon as you eat it,
you’re going to want another one immediately. Speaking of mochi, we had ice mochi in Hualien the day we drove a scooter to Taroko National Park and ducked into a bakery
on the way back to our hotel. Ok I can’t wait any more. Oh it’s so cold on your teeth. Look at that. Whoa. That is delicious. It looks like a giant mochi Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. That’s exactly what it reminds me of. It’s like a peanut butter cup with a mochi around it. Uh those are two of my favourite things in the world. I know. Look how much peanut butter’s in there. I thought there’d be like a little bit of peanut butter. That’s a lot. My taste buds had several firsts in Taiwan,
one of which was collagen milk at a cute place in Kaohsiung that’s bright and cheerful outside
with a little fish pond. The staff there take such care in making sure
that each and every collagen milk looks absolutely picture perfect. They’re presented beautifully with different toppings and we had red bean
with matcha powder and blueberry. The taste is like nothing I’ve tried before. It’s not super sweet and it tastes really light and airy. On average, one collagen milk is about
130 Taiwan dollars or $5.50 CAD. There’s a sign outside that says
‘a balanced diet is an ice cream in each hand’ and I think that pretty much sums it up. Sometimes, however, the ice cream
is in someone else’s hand, which is exactly how I found this next dessert. Two girls we passed on the sidewalk
were carrying something that looked seriously good so I kept an eye out for it. When we passed a little stand in Ximen in Taipei they were serving this mystery concoction
for 50 Taiwan dollars or about $2 CAD and I just had to give it a try. Oh! Oh my god, that’s so good. It tastes like um… maybe pineapple? I can’t quite put my taste bud on it
but it tastes a lot like pineapple. And these green little flecks
are sort of like candied pieces of fruit. It’s super refreshing. It tastes like gelato. Really cold. Success! Another little bowl of happiness
came in the form of gelato at a place called 8% Ice. They have interesting flavours to choose from
like black sesame, mascarpone cheese, pistachio with white chocolate
and hojicha with honey and a cup goes for 100 Taiwan dollars
or just over $4 CAD. I went for French peach with rosewater
and Marc got smoked chocolate. 8% Ice is also located on a little park in one of my favourite neighbourhoods
in Taipei called Da’an. Cheers. Cheers. It’s so satisfying. Holy cowabunga. It’s like a peach and a rose had a little baby. Ooh the peach is good. It’s really good. That was a good call. Yeah. Two thumbs up. I hope you’ve seen that when you’ve
eaten a good meal in Taiwan, you can expect to finish it off
with a fabulous dessert as well. From Taiwanese inspired ice cream
and gelato flavours, to shaved ice and collagen milk, and ice mochi to mochi donuts, Taiwanese desserts have no trouble
hitting the sweet spot. I’d love to hear what you think of these treats so leave a comment with your favourite
or tell me some others you think I should try. If you enjoyed this video, remember to give it a like and subscribe for more travel adventures. Thanks for watching!