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Meet Fresh, Taiwanese Dessert, Haymarket

Ever wondered what the queue on the corner of Goulburn and Dixon Street is all about? The one next to restaurant Mamak?

It’s a newly opened Taiwanese dessert house Meet Fresh. They have over 100 Meet Fresh outlets in Taiwan, and this is the first one opened in Australia. I suggested this place to my brother and my sis-in-law to be one evening after dinner.

I can’t believe that we waited 30 mins in line – I NEVER ever line up for food, but was keen to see what all the fuss was about and it was a great way to catch up with the family!

Unfortunately, we couldn’t really see the menu until we were near the entrance. There were so many different options that it took us a while to decide what we wanted. There were taro ball desserts, herbal jelly, tofu pudding, and many more. You can also add extra pearls, taro ball etc for a small amount. The cost of the dessert ranged from $5 – $6, and extra toppings costs about 60c.

My brother F, opted for the Herbal Jelly no.6 (jelly cake, noodle jelly and pearls). Don’t be put off by the ‘Herbal’ bit, it really isn’t anything herbal. It is more like grass jelly, a little tasteless but with syrup, it gives it that sweetness flavour. The Herbal Jelly is served on a mountain of shaved ice, with syrup and topped with Herbal Jelly, jelly cake, noodle jelly and pearls. It was refreshing and deliciously sweet. The jelly cake, lemon flavoured was deliciously sweet, bouncy and chewy, the noodle jelly tasted a little bit like coconut and the pearls, perfect, soft and chewy just the way I like it. Apparently the pearls are made from mashed taro and sweet potato – it was delicious! If only all bubble tea drinks has that perfect, soft and chewy texture.

I ordered the Taro Balls no.1 (green bean, lotus and pearl). Again this was served on a bed of crushed ice, this time, you can actually see the crushed ice. The taro balls chewy and tasty. As refreshing as it was, I found this dessert to be on the sweet side, sweeter than the herbal jelly.

My sis-in-law, O, had the signature herbal dessert. This was quite simple, herbal jelly and taro balls, again served on a mountain of shaved ice. We were given creamers for the dessert, but we didn’t use any of it.

If  herbal jelly and taro balls aren’t your thing, you can also order tofu fah, traditional tofu pudding, available either cold or hot. You can also order the crushed ice desserts, or even drinks, black or milk tea served in the cool square jam jar! Of course all of that can be topped with lotus, red bean, peanut, pearls, lemon, taro balls and many more. Whatever tickles your fancy!

We probably should have shared two desserts between the three of us, the servings are quite generous and we were extremely full afterwards.

Open till late, which is perfect for a late night snack and for summer! Oh summer….

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Meet Fresh

13 Goulburn Street (Corner of Dixon Street)

Haymarket, Chinatown, Sydney

Ph: +61 2 8339 1031

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