Tasty Taiwanese Treats: Shaved Ice +Tofu Pudding

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剉冰&豆花 Tasty Taiwanese Treats: Shaved Ice and Tofu Pudding

Taiwan is home to so many delicious main courses and side dishes. The only way to complete an ideal Taiwanese meal experience is to try one of this island’s several mouth-watering exotic desserts. But how many Taiwanese desserts or treats can you name on the spot? You’ve probably heard about and even drunk boba milk tea before, but what about shaved ice (cuò bīng) or tofu pudding (dòuhuā)? 
芒果剉冰 Shaved Ice with Mango (Mángguǒ cuò bīng) – snack

        Due to Taiwan’s infamously hot weather, cold treats are pretty much a necessity during the summer season. Ice cream and popsicles are nothing new or unusual, but you may tire of eating them after so many times. This is when you should travel outside of your comfort zone and try cuò bīng! Another cold dessert, cuò bīng consists of thin ice shavings covered in syrup or condensed milk. Sugarcane juice is also another option that’s used to give it sweetness. The cold ice paired with sweet syrup gives it a refreshing and cool flavor that is finely complemented by the burst of juiciness that comes from freshly topped mangoes or strawberries. Let the mixture of fruit juice and cold ice shavings fill your mouth and satiate your desire for something sweet, yet tasty!
In the past, the ice for this dessert was created using one of several methods: either painstakingly by hand, crushed with a mallet, or with a hand-cranked machine. But nowadays, they are usually made by a machine, resulting in their signature fine and thin shavings. Some stores, however still make their ice by hand, resulting in ice of various textures.
Similar to American ice cream stores, a various number of toppings can be added to cuò bīng for extra flavor. The big difference is that while ice cream typically uses sweets like candies or cookie bits as toppings, cuò bīng toppings tend to be more natural ingredients such as grass jelly, mung bean, peanuts, and fruit chunks.

Various Shaved Ice Toppings
So when you try one, feel free to experiment with the various combinations and create the coolest, most refreshing treat you can! You may also choose a pre-set combination if you are unsure of what to get. This treat is so well loved, that it’s not only eaten during the summer, but year round also.

 草莓剉冰Shaved Ice with Strawberries (Cǎoméi cuò bīng) – snack
On the contrary, dòuhuā (tofu pudding or beancurd jelly in English) is a snack that can be served either cold with ice for the summer, or warm during the winter. Like cuò bīng, various ingredients can be added to it for flavor and it is topped with syrup made of ginger (more commonly served during winter) or peanuts. A good dòuhuā will have tofu that is so tender and silky that they practically melt the instant they go into your mouth! Not a fan of all the sweetness that comes with cuò bīng? Then the more diluted taste of dòuhuā should be right up your alley: it’s still sweet, but not as much as shaved ice. So sink your spoon into the softness, and enjoy!
Both cuò bīng and dòuhuā are desserts that can be found in any night market, in addition to the numerous shops and stalls dedicating to selling them. Like most street snacks, they are not too taxing on your wallet. At Ice Monster, one of the most famous shaved ice stores in Taipei, prices hover around the 200 NTD range for a large plate, but many other places offer selections for 100 NTD or below as well. All in all, both are simple Taiwanese desserts that remind many people of good, old childhood memories.

豆花  Tofu Pudding (Dòuhuā) – snack

Cuò bīng and Dòuhuā Stores in Taiwan:
同記安平豆花總店 Anping Bean Jelly 
Anbei Road, No. 433, Anping District, Tainan, Taiwan

臺一牛奶大王 Taiwan First Milk King                                                     
Xingsheng North Road, Sec. 3, No. 82, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan

Ice Monster                                                   
Zhongxiao East Road, Sec.4, No. 297, 1F, Da’an District, Taipei, Taiwan


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