Meet Fresh, Sydney – Taiwanese desserts

Just in time for summer, another fine addition to the Haymarket dining scene – the third opening in less than a month!  Meet Fresh is apparently all throughout Taiwan, but the Sydney branch is its first foray into Australia, reflecting the rapidly adapting and adventurous palates of the locals; and the cravings of our visitors and students!  Opening week saw long queues daily – but don’t be daunted, it moves quite quickly.

Located on the corner of the main drag of the pedestrian part of Chinatown (corner of Liverpool and Harbour streets), next to Mamak, it is famous for its taro pearls.  Syrupy bases of shaved ice are topped with all manner of asian specialiaties including Azuki beans, mung beans, lotus seeds, tapioca pearls – the combinations are endless, and you can also have silken tofu based desserts too.  And both can be served hot or cold.

The famous taro pearls are also served with sweet potato pearls.  Steamed taro/sweet potato is rolled with glutinous rice flour and served in syrup.  I don’t know if it was my serve, or because of the hot business on that day, but my pearls were slightly too chewy and not sweet enough.

Shaved ice, pearls, beans, and the taro/sweet potato pearls with azuki beans peaking at the back – a refreshing summer’s treat. And bowls so huge – don’t eat lunch first, as it is a meal in itself!

This is the signature herbal dessert.  Don’t be put off by the “herbal” description.  Have you ever had grass jelly? It’s like that.

A bed of very finely shaved ice – it’s so fine it’s like snow! It’s covered with grass jelly at the pearls.  Extra toppings are $0.60 each. And costs $5.50 itself.  I was ssooooooo full after eating this after my lunch.  I’ll know next time to share or go on an empty stomach!  can’t wait to see what’s next in Haymarket!

Bring on the summer!!! :)

One Response to “Meet Fresh, Sydney – Taiwanese desserts”

  1. chocolatesuze Says:

    i agree bring on summer!

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