So somehow one of the most memorable desserts I had when visiting Taiwan a couple of years ago managed to magically make its way over to me all the way here in America. More specifically, it landed itself right in Orange County. I mean, this is practically godsent. This dessert brings back so many pleasant memories of Taiwan–
walking eating my way through the bustling night markets of Taiwan with my cousins, stopping to take pictures of the night life, trying to bargain, and playing games with my cousins. This dessert is also one of the recipes my aunt would used to always make out of scratch and she would be sure to make for me when she came to visit us in America.
This, my friends, is the 芋圓和地瓜圓 (taro balls and sweet potato balls) , with a delicious side of 愛玉 (ai yu jelly)，仙草 (grass jelly), coconut jelly and 黑珍珠 (tapioca pearls). It doesn’t get more “QQ” than this. Oh, and there’s shaved ice in the center with some type of creamer that you just drizzle all over. Sweet, refreshing, satisfying, and every bite is just so special with all the ingredients that come in this bowl.
This is the signature dessert from Meet Fresh, which opened about a year ago in Irvine in the Diamond Jamboree Plaza. It’s a famous Taiwanese dessert that comes with grass jelly and the classic taro balls and sweet potato balls. They’re made from scratch and mixed with tapioca flour so you get that really “QQ” and chewy texture. The taro balls and sweet potato balls are not too sweet and are a nice blend with the soft grass jelly.
All of this is layered over some shaved ice that is mixed with some type of sweetener and all of these different textures being blended together is just magical.
Just like it’s neighbor a couple of doors down, 85 °C, it’s usually jam-packed with people and there’s a long line. As with most places, if the line’s long, you know it’s gotta be pretty good and Meet Fresh is exactly that.
Hands down the best taro smoothie I have ever had. It’s made with real taro, and where do you ever get that? (Certainly none of the boba places that I’ve ever been to). It’s a deliciously soothing taro taste that doesn’t have the artificial and overly sweet taste of taro powders that most boba places use. Since it’s made with real taro, it’s also a bit thicker and it’s in smoothie form. Although this place isn’t known entirely for its drinks, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with something that was made from taro, and to kick it up a notch I had them add in the mini taro and sweet potato balls with my drink. I also added in boba (obviously), so this drink was pretty customized to fit my cravings for all things chewy. Such a generous portion that I couldn’t even finish my drink because there’s just so much of everything (but definitely worth it).
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