Today, let’s talk about this nameless Kumquat Syrup Dessert Tofu cart, which on some days, could also be called the 30-minutes-wait Dessert Tofu car. Yes, I kid you not. Actually, the first time I went, I had some time to kill, so I joined the queue which had already started forming well before the dessert tofu vendor appeared.
This tofu cart, usually manned by two brothers, is popular for selling hand-made dessert tofu accompanied with their trademark kumquat syrup. An original pairing that attracts locals and tourists alike. Each batch of tofu is produced the day of, and with a growing popularity thanks to the 雄好呷 book and some TV shows, they are now selling four barrels of tofu instead of two in the past.
The first time I went, over the Chinese New Year break, they were still selling warm tofu, so I got a warm and cold one. The cart is right in front of a 7-11 with seats inside, but it was so nice that day, that I preferred taking my visiting friend to the Pier 2 artsy area and enjoy our desserts there.
I tried the warm tofu first, and to be honest, I did not really dig it. There was a kind of burnt/smoke flavor to it, which put me off a little. I then tried the cold tofu, which tasted more to what I’m used to, i.e. bland, haha. On a separate occasion, I passed by in the neighborhood and saw no one in line, so I stopped and bought a cold tofu, thinking I would double-check my first impressions. Sadly, my taste buds still detected the burnt/smoke flavor, albeit the presence was milder than in the warm version, but I still could not get used to it, though I did finish my portion.
I’m still wondering where those hints of burnt/smoked flavors come from… the investigation is still going ❓ . However, that’s not to say you will not like it, and I encourage you to try it for yourself. I’ve seen people leave with a big bag, carrying more than the limited 10 bowls/person, and people still line up, so there’s definitely something about this dessert tofu, but I guess, I do not get it, haha .
With this burnt/smoke ordeal, I didn’t really pay attention to the kumquat syrup, but from what I can remember, the syrup just had a mild taste of the fruit and was a little sour, or dare I say 酸V.
All in all, in the land of sweet dessert tofu, my favorite combination of lemon juice+micro tapioca pearls at Anping Jelly Bean 同記安平豆花, still reigns supreme to me 😛 .
(Update!) Since 2015, there’s now have a brick and mortar shop, and a name for it: 鹽埕吳家豆花.
Name: (No Name) Kumquat Tofu 無店名金桔糖蜜傳統豆花
Additional Reviews+Photos: pixnet/nellyu
Business hours: 12:30-16:00 or whenever they sell out, closed on Mondays
Price: 30NT (cold tofu), 35NT (warm tofu, only available in winter)
(last updated: 2016/10/14 五)