台北木柵芮比特甜品店＆手工芝麻湯圓 – Rabbit Mucha Taipei Authentic Taiwanese Dessert & Handmade Lantern Festival Rice-balls
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Happy Lantern Festival 2019!
Today is the 2019 Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the Chinese New Year (Lunar year). The Lantern Festival officially ends Chinese New Year and celebrates the first full moon after the Lunar New Year. Round, glutinous rice-balls ( “Tangyuan” in Chinese) that are usually served as a hot dessert are traditionally eaten on this day to symbolize the unity of family and friends (sticky) and a better year to come ( “round” shape symbolizes “perfection” in Chinese culture). In order assimilate into the culture, I invited a friend to my secret location, Rabbit in Taipei’s Muzha area (Wenshan District) for traditional Taiwanese desserts and “warm up” for the (hopefully “rounder”) coming year. Rabbit serves all kinds of local desserts including hot dessert soup, snow-ice and many more.
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Each dessert order at Rabbit comes in generous portion made with real ingredients. I love everything iced. Snow-ice (shaved ice) is my favourite dessert. However, when eating out, snow-ice &shaved ice orders usually don’t come with enough ice to go with the ingredients. Most of the time, I have to ask for an ice refill shamelessly ( I’m from the jungle, anyway :P). When you order a snow-ice takeout from Rabbit, Liu (the owner) fills up your takeout bowl with the ingredients of your choice and snow ice, knocks and shakes the container so the snow ice is pressed down firmly, which frees up more space in the bowl, then fills up the bowl with snow ice again. You’re getting two for one! Say bye-bye to “snow ice shortage” (first-world problem-not!).
Rabbit is a unique dessert shop in Taipei’s Mucha (Muzha) area (Wenshan District). I’m a regular. During summer, I cannot complete a day without a bowl of snow-ice from Rabbit. I still thought about it even when I was fighting through harsh Canadian snowstorms. As I mentioned many times before, Mucha makes me feel like living in a jungle; there’s nothing around. Hence, after the closing of the only snow-ice place in the district, I went through depression until Rabbit opened up four years ago.
The owners of Rabbit is a pair of young couples, the Lius. At age 24, they’ve already launched a successful business while raising two kids. Their story inspires me.
The reason for the success of Rabbit is nothing more than the real ingredients they use and the consistency and quality that has not changed since they opened 4 years ago. During our visit, customers kept coming and going. Business is good for a reason. In addition to ice products, Rabbit also serves a variety of hot and sweet dessert such as grass jelly, tofu pudding ( “Douhua“) and all kinds of sweet dessert soup that is believed in Chinese medicine to help women warm up in the winter.
We order my usual milk snow ice, with my favourite ingredients: the taro cooked to perfection, the fresh and crispy “civilian bird’s nest”: snow fungus,” and the mung beans that contains high antioxidants.
In addition to the usual milk flavor, Rabbit also serves snow ice in passion fruit, peanut, and brown sugar flavors, all just for NT $75/bowl, and includes three toppings, providing excellent value for money.
We realize these are all just “a tip of the iceberg” when the real star item: handmade rice-balls are served.
Rabbit‘s homemade sesame rice-balls can be served with mung bean soup, red bean soup, sweet potato soup, pearl barley soup, peanut soup, taro soup or lotus soup. We choose red bean soup. The soup contains full of red beans when served, The peanut sesame ric-ball soup served to the table next to us is light brown and also contains full of peanuts. Rabbit‘s handmade glutinous rice balls are definitely unique, the skin is soft and tender and not sticky at all. Ours faces heat up and start “Asian glowing” after just eating one.
Thank you, Rabbit, for warming up our body and hearts this year.