Ice cream is my favourite food group.
At the top of my itinerary, when I visited Taipei, was to spend a half-day sampling the 73 flavours of ice cream offered by one of the city’s oldest ice cream shops, Snow King Ice Cream.
Well, after two, massive scoops, I almost exploded and was forced to shamefully stare at the remaining 71 flavours of ice cream instead. I still dream of what could’ve been if only my stomach was a bottomless pit.
The little ice cream shop, hidden on the second floor of a building on Wuchang Street in the Zhongzheng District has been a local hot spot since 1947. A whole seven decades. This place is definitely doing something right with its amazingly delicious (and weird!) ice cream.
All of the 73 flavours of ice cream are made in-shop with local ingredients and range from your generic vanilla and chocolate to the questionable pig knuckle and sesame oil chicken. A seriously broad range of flavours.
Snow King’s long menu is broken down by category, including: nuts, fruits, spices, herbs, vegetables, alcohol, and meat. Some of the stranger flavours that popped out on the menu for me were tomato, curry, sticky rice, pork floss and sweet corn. Feeling slightly adventurous, but not adventurous enough to wolf down a bowl of creamy, frozen pork, I opted for a scoop of wasabi and a scoop of sesame. I was particularly nervous about the wasabi, as usually one bite of wasabi kicks me right in the face and results in a prolonged session of uncomfortable nostril flaring. But, wasabi in ice cream form was unexpectedly super tasty and didn’t leave me running to find water. Maybe this is how I should consume wasabi from now on?
Each ice cream scoop is priced according to its ingredients. And, sadly, sampling is not allowed. So it’s a bit of an ice cream roulette. To pick between the 73 flavours on offer was a difficult choice and seemed to be for many, who spent minutes upon minutes scanning the freezers and debating with their friends who should get which ice cream. I heard a lot of, “You get the pig knuckle!” “Ew! No, you get the pig knuckle”! This place has the potential to start some serious arguments. Don’t come here on a first date.
Maybe YOU will be brave enough to try the pig knuckle ice cream when you visit Taipei’s Snow King for yourself?
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the MRT to Ximending Station. Leave the station at exit 6 and walk north towards Section 1, Wuchang Street. Make a right and walk until you reach the park connected to the Taipei City Police Department. The ice cream shop is on your left on the second floor. It is slightly difficult to find but keep your eyes up for the narrow, blue sign saying “Snow King” with Chinese characters underneath. If you can’t find it right away, don’t give up! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
As always, happy eating, everyone!
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