The Sweet Things in Life

Chocolate or any dessert: a friend that listens and loves me unconditionally. It takes all of my sad emotions away as it lifts me up to the highest of heavens. Plus, you can never get too much sweetness in life since we all know the world can be oh-so-bitter…

Les Bebes 貝貝西點 Cupcakes

(Map, Facebook)

Les Bebes: a cute bakery that has many unique flavors. All flavors come in a regular size version and a mini version and since I don’t want people to think that I am that glutenous, I opted for the mini cupcakes. These are light, fluffy, and slightly sweet — again, Taiwanese desserts are never as sweet as American ones.

Back Row (2): Passion Fruit Matcha and Berry Banana. Front Row (3) Sea Salt Caramel Darjeeling, Berry Chocolate, and Red Velvet.
Back Row (2): Passion Fruit Matcha and Berry Banana. Front Row (3) Sea Salt Caramel Darjeeling, Berry Chocolate, and Red Velvet.

 

Red Bean and Green Tea Cake: now this is very popular street dessert so locating it is very easy. Although, they usually come from street-cart vendors, therefore, I cannot tag their exact locations. However, I have seen many versions of these in most street markets. They make several flavors so have one or as many as your heart desires.

Red Bean and Green Tea Cake
Red Bean and Green Tea Cake

 

Milk King 台一牛奶大王 (loosely translated from the Chinese name) (Map): I know the picture looks like a pile of crap but trust me this is amazingly refreshing on a hot day, which is almost everyday — even when it’s raining.  A plate filled with shave ice topped with all different kind of beans, jellies, rice cakes, taro, and, lastly, a milk pudding. Daniel and I were spoon fighting over this to see who gets the last scoop — I was kind enough to let him win.

Mixed Beans over Shave Ice
Mixed Beans over Shave Ice

 

Deli Manjoos (At Taipei Main Station and Jiantan Station): Growing up in Georgia, there was only 1 place that have this childhood favorite dessert of mine — the Farmers Market right next to the I-285 bridge on Buford Hwy. After I moved to Chicago, I always longed for this, but I know this was too asian for Chicago to have. So on one gloomy and rainy day, we decided to go shopping in one of many malls in Taipei and, as I walked out of the Main Station, a familiar scent graced its presence and my eyes scrambled to see where this was coming from. Honestly, the Universe must have known I was depressed from the weather for it lead me to this. I had an instant flashback to when I was young, waiting eagerly for my dad to finish checking out at the Farmers Market so he can notice my bubbly eyes eyeing the manjoos counter. He would buy me a bag and I joyously devoured these little custard-filled poppers.

Freshly Made -- So Warm and Soft
Freshly Made — So Warm and Soft
Custard Filling
Custard Filling

 

After a week of rain, the dark clouds finally lifted and the sun peaked out to say hello. Along with the rain, my luck with good desserts also dried up. All good things must come to an end, right?

Mister Donut (Map) (Chain): These donuts tasted like rubber bouncy balls — the ones you get from the quarter vending machines. Not sure if this was due to the fact that we waited until the next morning to eat it or because it was  just that terrible. I mean I expect most desserts to last a day or so before showing any sign of staleness, but I guess these were low quality donuts. Daniel said when he had it his first time, there were long lines for these things, but I guess they came to their senses like I did.

Mr Donuts