台北金雞母食記 – 網紅超夯打卡甜點店 Jingimoo Taipei Super Instagrammmable Dessert Store
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Insta-famed desserts & food rely on gimmicks. And usually, the fame doesn’t last long. It won’t take long for you to scroll down your feed and start rolling your eyes, thinking: “meh, blah.“But if you have a sweet tooth and happen to be a matcha (green tea) fan, you know that desserts that come in matcha flavour are nothing more than cake or pastries. Crushed-ice/snow-ice is a local Taiwanese dessert and my favourite. I’m from Canada, crushed-ice/snow-ice reminds me of home. Having spent some time in Japan also makes me a huge fan of matcha. However, none of the “babao” ( the eight common ingredients used in local iced desserts) includes “matcha.” Deciding between “matcha” or “ice” for dessert is always a struggle. Until I discovered Jingimoo, a dessert joint in Taipei that combines local Taiwanese dessert with super Instagrammable creativity. It’s a place that feeds all my dessert cravings at once!
金雞母的起源 / The Start of Jingimoo
Jingimoo means “golden hen” in Chinese. The name is inspired by the cute phrase: “you trip and pick up a golden hen.”
Using local traditional Taiwanese desserts combined with new creative gimmicks and ingredients, Jingimoo creates popular desserts that do not just please your palate but also your eyes.
金雞母店內環境 / Jingimoo Restaurant Environment:
Jingimoo‘s environment is not too spacious, with about three small three-seat tables and a row of window seats ideal for people-watching while you “brain-freeze.” Our visit was on a Thursday afternoon, and Jingimoo was almost at capacity. Jingimoo‘s social-sharable desserts attract tourists, too. I guess they must have huge line-ups on the weekends.
金雞母菜單目錄 / Jingjimoo Dessert Menu:
Jingimoo‘s menu is simple and easy-to-read. Desserts are categorized under “ice,” “hot,” and “room temperature.” Guests can “stay cool” in the summer” and “warm up” in the winter, and the sweet tooth can be fed all seasons.
The weather was okay during our visit, but the “matcha” series under “Room Temperature” menu was unavailable, so we ordered the famed “Fire ice” products.
金雞母超好拍明星「抹茶燒冰」/ Jingimoo’s “Famed” “Fire-Ice”
Jingimoo‘s “famed” items are its “fire-ice ” series ($200).
The “Fire-Ice” series features two flavours: matcha and strawberry, we choose “matcha.” Jingimoo fills a large bowl with matcha crushed ice so full that it almost resembles the shape of a golden egg, the ice is topped with a layer of cream cheese, and the “fire” comes when the server blow-torches the top layer until it’s caramelized to a golden yellow. The final step instantly adds a lot of layers and flavours to the dessert. The matcha is rich in flavour and can be enjoyed until the last scoop from the bottom of the bowl. Did I mention it was super Instagrammable?
然花瑰蜜（$240）/ Rose. Roselle. Raspberry. Lychee & Jelly ($240)
Rose. Roselle. Raspberry. Lychee & Jelly ($240)
The newly-launched “Rose. Roselle. Raspberry. Lychee & Jelly” ice is limited daily, with fragrant ingredients such as roses, raspberries, and lychee. It is served with a small bowl of jelly made with strong Cointreau. The server recommends adding the alcoholic jelly when we’re halfway through, which not only completely changes the flavour but also clears the taste buds.
春暖大花玫瑰冰（$120）/ “Organic Rose” (Ice) ($120)
“Organic Rose” (Ice) ($120)
“Organic Rose” ice is also one of the popular items among guests. The ice is covered with organic rose puree, “Tieguanyin”(green tea) jelly, and Hakka rice dumplings. Hakka-style rice balls are more glutinous compared to normal Taiwanese rice-balls. The centre is filled with red beans. For those craving for more sugar, condensed milk is served on the side.
Jingimoo transforms traditional Taiwanese dessert into new and creative food art. I think it’s a great choice for bringing both your local and foreign friends for a little bit of show-off.
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