Dazzling Cafe 玳思琳蜜糖吐司, Taipei

Looking for a place to sit after a long walk at the Taipei underground, I walked around Taipei Main Station level 2 (where all restaurants and food courts are located) and stumbled upon this nice looking place. Who can resist delicious looking desserts?

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They serves sandwiches, panini, soup, salad, finger food, spaghetti, waffle, crepe, and honey toasts. As for drinks, they offer cocoa, coffee, classic tea, scented tea, special mixed tea, and slush. As its name in Chinese mentions about honey toast. So that’s what I’m going to try. Alternatively, you can try another special dessert, waffle with mochi inside. Something I didn’t have enough tummy space to try.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Honey Toast (TWD290)
You can choose how you would like your toast to be made, either soft, regular or crispy. I love crispy. What you see is not what you get with only crispy toast topped with vanilla ice cream, cream, strawberries, chocolate drizzle and some crushed almonds. Where’s the hazelnut?

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Wala! The toast is cut into small pieces with hazelnut chocolate inserted in the middle of each piece of toast. Putting some vanilla ice cream on each toast is delicious! Happiness to my mood, my mouth and my tummy.

I also ordered something special to drink.

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Festive Grape Tea with Cherry (TWD160 for hot, TWD140 for cold)
This tea comes with fresh slices of grapes, pineapples and apples. I don’t usually put sugar in my tea. So, I tried it without sugar. Wow! Too sour at the first sip but was ok after my mouth adapted the taste. Drinking the tea with some fruits to bite is rather nice.

My overall rating: 6.5/10

This cafe has many outlets not only in Taipei but also Hsinchu, Taichong, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. Dazzle yourself with more dessert at their website here (available in English and Chinese).

The outlet that I went was not listed on their website.

Dazzling Cafe Kiwi
Location: Breeze Centre, Taipei Main Station, West entrance 3, Level 2
Tel: +886-2-23881966

It’s recommended that you make reservation, especially you have a big group. If you walk in, they allow 90 minutes of dining if there are waiting reserved diners.

Summary of other outlets.

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Taipei City Mall 台北地下街

Take the Metro to Taipei station 台北车站 for underground shopping. There are many underground shopping like K Underground Mall, Station Front Metro Mall, Zhongshang Metro Mall and Taipei City Mall. They are all link together. Once you exit the Metro station, you can look at the signs and follow to which underground mall that you would like to go. Alternatively, you can look out for such map around the place for the location of each mall and your location.

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Here’s how Taipei City Mall looks like.

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There are over 150 stores that sell loads of things such as video games, phone and accessories, music and movie discs, hardware store, anime models, soft toys, beads and accessories, clothes, watches, and shoes.

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Too long a walk makes you thirsty? They have this water refill station around the mall.

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Hung Hwa Teppanyaki 紅花鐵板燒, Taipei

I was given a chance to try this set of delicious food at Hung Hwa Teppanyaki.

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They have 4 different lunch sets to choose from. I tried Set A at TWD980. Here is what is in the set.

Starters

1. Cold dish – choice of Salmon sashimi or fresh oysters. The plate of salmon comes with shredded shanyao 山藥 topped with some sauce and roe, half cherry tomato topped with caviar.

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2. Soup – choice of spinach or pumpkin soup. I had pumpkin with a few flakes of almond topping.

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3. Salad – A cold prawn accompanied with cabbages, shredded onions and carrots, cherry tomato and 2 slices of apple. Refreshing!

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Main course – where teppanyaki starts

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4. Pre main course – a slice of fish topped with black pepper and almond flakes, together plated with zucchini and sauce. I’m not sure what type of fish it is but it’s fresh.

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5. Main – choice of beef, lamb and chicken. I chose lamb. Although this dish is plated with just black pepper and grilled garlic, the juiciness and tenderness of the lamb will makes you forgive the simple sides. Delicious!

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6. Post main – Vegetables like baby corn, slice of large mushroom, and green beans.

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Desserts

7. Cakes – choice of cheese cake or chocolate cake. Ohh, this cheesecake is oh-so-cheesy. It gives a flavourful of cheese and lemon. Very cheesy but the lemon and digestive biscuit crust reduced the feeling of being stuffed by too much of cheese.

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8. Coffee or tea – A scrumptious meal is ended with a choice of hot or iced coffee, red or green tea, fruit tea and flower tea.

My overall rating: 8.5/10

Hung Hwa Teppanyaki has 2 outlets in Taipei. For more information or to make reservation, visit their website here.

1. 101 Flagship Shop 101旗艦店

Location: Unit 45, 5th Floor, Shifu Road, Xinyi District, Taipei.
Tel: +886-2-8101-8102
Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 (Last order at 14:30); Dinner 17:30 – 22:30 (Last order at 21:30)

2. Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place A9 Shop 新光三越信義新天地A9店

Location: Unit 9, 7th Floor, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei.
Tel: +886-2-2345-0166
Hours: Lunch 11:30 – 14:30 (Last order at 14:30); Dinner 17:30 – 22:30 (Last order at 21:30)

Buying brown sugar ginger tea in Taipei

I had the chance to come to Taipei to buy some packs of brown sugar ginger tea. While it’s a local product, you can expect it to be cheaper than buying it out of Taiwan.

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Wherever you stay, you can conveniently take a Metro to Danshui Station 淡水站. From the city, it’s about 40-50 minutes Metro journey. Exit Danshui Station towards Zhongzheng Road 中正路.

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Walk straight on Zhongzheng Road until you come to an alley that sells the famous Danshui iron egg, plum drinks, and the famous Danshui food A-gei 啊給.

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Walk on this alley and find the Black Gold Legend 黑金傳 shop.

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One pack is TWD200 but they offer a promotion price of TWD2,000 for 12 packs (about TWD166 per pack). You can try all the flavours available before decide which you like.

They have 2 shops in Danshui but I normally go to the one at Gongming Road 公明街 (which is the one on the alley). If you buy alot, you can try asking the Aunty to deliver to the place you stay but you will need to allow at least 2-3 days before your departure.

You can try calling for more information below.

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Where to buy Brown Sugar Ginger Tea (黑糖薑母茶) in Malaysia

Black Gold Legend (黑金傳奇一口口企業) is a famous company in Danshui Old Street (New Taipei City, Taiwan), speciality in making brown Sugar and ginger tea. The Company’s brown Sugar ginger tea cubes package is a must-buy souvenirs for Foreign Visitors and locals.

This is the second time i ordered Black Gold Legend products from Malaysia dealer, Blue Sand, bought 3 packs for RM 100 and takes 3 working days for courier to send in. Buying process is simple, communicate and order make through Facebook messaging, and they will deliver the packages through Courier. A package comes with 14 pieces, weight around 500g with 35g for each pieces.

Price References:

  • West Malaysia, price cost 3 packs for RM100, 6 packs for RM190, 24 Packs for RM680, more complete details click here.

Products:

i) 二合一薑茶 2-in-1 Brown Sugar Ginger Tea
主要成分:黑糖、老薑
Brown Sugar, Ginger
袪風散寒,生理期飲用可讓經血排出較順暢,減輕月經疼痛的情況ii) 四合一薑母茶 4-in-1 Brown Sugar Ginger Tea
主要成分:黑糖、老薑、紅棗、桂圓
Brown Sugar, Ginger, Red Date, Longan
預防感冒、減輕月經疼痛、益氣補血、改善失眠、頻尿,可加入地瓜或湯圓煮成甜湯。或加入奶精(牛奶)成為薑汁奶茶
Fight against cold, Relieve menstrual discomfort, Reduces morning sickness, Address indigestion & flatulence, Improve sleep, Strengthen immunity & nourish blood, Warms body & relieve rheumatic condition iii) 桂圓茶 Longan Red Date Tea
主要成分:黑糖、枸杞、紅棗、桂圓
Brown Sugar, Wolfberry, Red Date, Longan
其枸杞有滋補益處,適於各種虛弱體質。可用以改善體弱,補血強身,減輕月經疼痛,內含之桂圓,可補血明目,可加入用水泡軟的白木耳一起煮約5分鐘,成為一道美味甜湯
Improve weak constitution & nourish blood, Relieve menstrual cramp, Improve visioniv) 四物 Brown Sugar SIWU tea
主要成分:黑糖、川芎、當歸、白芍、熟地、枸杞
Brown sugar, Szechuan Lovage Rhizome (Chuan Xiong), Angelica sinensis (Dang Gui), Radix Paeoniae Alba (Bai Shao), Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di) and Goji berry
四物為極佳補氣、補血配方,有益於體衰氣弱、手腳冰冷、容易疲倦者飲用。且月經不準或異常之女性飲用更佳〈生理期間勿飲用〉女性在停經後,女性賀爾蒙分泌異常,飲用可舒緩更年期症狀
Promotes Qi to enrich the blood, Beneficial for those with weak constitution (those who frequently experience coldness in limbs, and those who are easily fatigued), Regulate menstrual cycle, Relieve menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms, Improve lusterless complexion

v) 牛蒡茶 5-in-1 Burdock Tea
主要成分:冰糖、枸杞、紅棗、牛蒡、蟲草
牛蒡所含的寡糖及膳食纖維,有益健胃整腸、脹氣、促進腸胃蠕動。為天然的膳食抗氧化劑,有利尿、解熱、消腫等益處。且含精氨酸,有促使荷爾蒙分泌的作用
Natural dietary anti-oxidant, Relieve heat-ness, Strengthen stomach & intestinal functions, Relieve flatulence & promote gastrointestinal motility, Mild diuretic effect, Reduce swelling

vi) 蜂蜜菊花 Honey Chrysanthemum Tea
主要成分:冰糖、菊花、蜂蜜
菊花對退火消暑、清熱解毒、減輕疲勞及視力模糊、止渴養血、潤肺益腎等有益處
Clear excessive heat & cools body system, Expel toxicity, Relieve fatigue, Improve eye condition & blurred vision, Quench thirst & nourish blood, Fortify the lung & nourish the liver