One of my most favorite places that I visited during my trip to Taiwan this year was to Shenkeng Old Street 深坑老街 aka Shenkeng Tofu Street in the Shenkeng District 深坑區. It’s exactly what it sounds like an old street that specializes in tofu: stinky tofu 臭豆腐, spicy tofu 麻辣豆腐, tofu ice cream 豆腐冰淇淋, soft serve tofu ice cream 豆腐軟冰淇淋, and the list goes on.
The ice cream and soft serve ice cream are probably the most unique things that I ate in this street. It’s basically soy ice cream, but even in America it’s not very common to find soy ice cream in an ice cream shop. The #1 brand, claims the shop worker, is Tofu Atelier 兜福工場, and compared to the ice cream stand that we went to before finding this spot, it was a lot better. The ice cream was still fresh – not icy – and it really is the popular choice because this as what local tourists bought in bulk to bring back home. They also sell really good panna cotta.
The soft-serve ice cream was also another good find. I think there’s only one place that serves it, and it’s in the streets. It’s soft and creamy but without the milk because it uses soy. It comes in different flavors – I went for the vanilla and green tea swirl.
Shenkeng Old Street is a night spot to drop by if you’re in the area – either at the Taipei Zoo or taking the gondola up to Maokong 貓空. It’s not too big so you can get it done in an hour or two if you want.
On: Thursday, January 19, 2012
In: Taipei, Taiwan
With: Ellis Wong, Stephanie Ng
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Filed under Dessert, Food, Must Eat, Street Food, Taiwan, Taiwanese, Travels /