Chen Ji Health Food (Shiding, New Taipei City) | 陳記養生恬點(新北市石碇)

I felt like escaping Taipei’s concrete jungle for a day, so my friend and I took the bus to Shiding to walk around, enjoy the scenery, and enjoy some of the tofu-based delicacies Shiding is famous for – especially the tofu ice cream!

想要離開混凝土叢林的一天,我和朋友搭車去石碇逛逛街看看風景,吃些石碇的著名豆腐料理,特別是他們的特殊豆腐冰淇淋!

The Tomb Sweeping Festival holiday had just ended, so the streets were deserted. It was quite peaceful. But nearly all of the shops on Shiding Old Street were closed.

假期剛結束了,路上沒有半個人,相當寧靜。可是,石碇老街幾乎每一家店都沒開。

Fortunately, the owner of Chen Ji Health Food happened to be in her shop, and even though the shop wasn’t officially open for business, she still warmly welcomed us in for a snack.

幸好,陳記養生恬點的老闆娘有在,雖然沒有營業,但還是很熱情地請我們近來吃一個點心。

All of the cakes and sweets at Chen Ji looked delicious, and the prices were very reasonable, so we ordered a big pile of treats to accompany our tofu ice cream.

陳記養生恬點賣的點心都看起來好好吃,價格又很合理,所以我們點了一大堆甜點配我們的豆腐冰淇淋。

Their tofu ice cream is really special. Actually, I thought it tasted more like soymilk than tofu, and when I asked the owner she confirmed that it’s made with fresh soymilk. It’s funny – although their soymilk is made fresh locally, all of their soybeans are imported from my home country!

豆腐冰淇淋真的很特別,其實我覺得吃起來不像豆腐而是豆漿,問老闆娘一下這個冰淇淋是怎麼做出來的,她確認就是用新鮮豆漿做的。好笑的是,他們的豆漿雖然是當地做的,可是豆子是從我的國家進口的!

The flavour is very unique, a natural beany flavour with a bit of a toasted or scalded taste. It reminds me of the house signature soymilk made by the original World Yonghe Soymilk King. The deep, rich toasty flavour and mild beaniness match really well with the sweet taste of ice cream. It tastes very balanced. Although it contains some dairy and isn’t vegan, you really can’t taste the milk at all – it tastes purely of soymilk. The level of sweetness is just right, not cloying at all. Actually, the more you eat the more you want to eat!

味道很獨特,有天然豆香還有點焦焦的香味,讓我想起著名老店世界永和豆漿大王的招牌豆漿。深沉的焦味、淡淡的豆香與甜密的冰淇淋都配的非常好,很平衡。雖然不是全素的,還有一點點牛奶,可是吃不太出來奶香,豆漿的味道很純粹。甜度剛剛好,吃不會膩,反而越吃越想吃!

Because soymilk ice cream is naturally low-fat, this ice cream is quite stiff when it first comes out of the freezer and you have to let it soften for a few minutes before you can enjoy its creamy texture. The softer it gets, the better it tastes!

因為豆腐冰淇淋的脂肪本來很低,所以剛拿出冰箱的時候它還是硬梆梆的,要等幾分鐘讓它稍微融化一點才可以感受到它的綿綿密密的口感。它越融化越香!

The tofu ice cream was too delicious. I was a little sad when it was finished. I considered buying a second cup – look how low-calorie it is! It’s seriously healthy. Eating two cups is fine, right?

豆腐冰淇淋太好吃,有點捨不得把它吃完。我考慮到再買一杯,你看,熱量多麼低,實在太健康了,吃兩杯沒有關係,對不對?

But as a wannabe “locavore”, when I heard the owner say that their green tea ice cream is made with locally-grown Baozhong tea from neighbouring Wenshan district, I changed my mind and bought a cup of green tea ice cream to go with my Canadian soy. In the end, this Two Scoops Taiwan trip really ended up being “one scoop Taiwan, one scoop Canada”!

可是聽老闆娘介紹他們的綠茶冰淇淋,說他們的綠茶冰淇淋是用在地文山包種茶葉做的,愛吃在地美食的我,就換了想法,點了一杯綠茶冰淇淋配我的加拿大黃豆。結果,我這次雙淇淋之旅,真的吃到了"一球台灣一球加拿大"!

Chen Ji’s green tea ice cream is a very fresh, bright green, unlike most other matcha ice creams. The owner said they experimented with several tea varieties and decided on Wenshan Baozhong tea because it was the prettiest colour. When I tried the first bite, I found that it tastes as fresh as it looks! I thought they must have steeped the tea to make the ice cream, because it didn’t have any of green tea powder’s usual bitter taste or grainy texture. It had a rich, floral green tea flavour with notes of honey, more like a fresh green milk tea than a matcha, but the owner said they do use powdered tea leaves – they just grind them extra, extra fine.

陳記綠茶冰淇淋的顏色很亮,很新鮮,跟一般的綠茶或抹茶冰淇淋不一樣,老闆娘說他們實驗了好多品種茶葉才決定要用文山包種茶,因為它的顏色比較好看。吃了一口就知道,它的味道跟它的顏色一樣新鮮!我原本以為他們是用泡茶的方式來做這個冰淇淋,因為它一點苦苦的茶葉味道都沒有,又沒有顆粒的口感,有香濃的蜂蜜跟花香的味道,比較像鮮奶綠茶而不是像抹茶,可是老闆娘說他們會把茶葉磨成粉,就是要把它摩的非常非常細才行。

Overall, I think Chen Ji Health Food’s ice creams are top-notch, even though it doesn’t specialize in ice cream. The tofu ice cream in particular is one of my new favourites – I would call this a must-eat delicacy in Taiwan!

總之,我覺得陳記養生恬點雖然不是冰淇淋轉賣店可是做出來的冰淇淋真的很精緻,尤其是豆腐冰淇淋,已經變成了我最愛吃的冰淇淋之一,對我來說是台灣必吃的特殊美食。

Chen Ji Health Foods

Address: 77 Shiding East Street, Shiding, New Taipei City
Phone: 02-2663-2555
Email: p93915@yahoo.com.tw
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily

陳記養生恬點

地址:新北市石碇區石碇東街77號
電話:02-2663-2555
Email: p93915@yahoo.com.tw
時間:每日9:30 – 18:00

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