Located in Yuanshan’s Maji Maji Square, Midori Handmade Ice Cream is a little shop specializing in local and organic ingredients. The owners originally worked as organic farmers in Hsinchu County before deciding to move to Taipei and start a business, using ice cream to promote local and organic food to consumers. If you want to taste some real local flavour and support organic agriculture and local business, you should definitely come check it out.
Midori is tiny and simple, but very cute. There are only eight seats inside the shop. The desks and chairs appear to have been salvaged from an old school, giving the place a funky, nostalgic, and very Taiwanese flavour. The walls are hung with photos of organic farms and menus advertising the flavours of the day.
They also indicate where in Taiwan their ingredients were grown. It gave me a nice feeling to see how fresh and natural their ingredients are!
I asked the staff what their top sellers are and he said Assam black tea and fresh lychee were the most popular. Their lychee ice cream is quite famous because they use fresh, seasonal Taiwanese lychees, which they painstakingly peel and pit by hand before grinding them into puree. After this introduction, I would have loved to try their lychee ice cream, but it’s only available when lychees are in season, so I ordered the Assam black tea ice cream instead.
The Assam ice cream has a very pure, simple flavour – just black tea and milk. Although it’s made with powdered black tea leaves, it doesn’t taste bitter like matcha. The sweetness is very moderate and the milk-fat content seems to be very low. It’s not heavy at all, maybe even a little thin, but it’s very refreshing – even more refreshing than the average cup of milk tea. You can tell from the texture that it’s all-natural, without any added thickeners.
Assam is one of the most expensive options, but the portion size is a little larger than the average hand-made ice cream shop and the price is about the same. Considering the natural, high-quality ingredients they use, I think it’s a pretty good deal.
The location is very convenient and good for strolling, with lots of international eateries nearby, as well as the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and the Taipei Farmers’ Market. You could spend an afternoon here checking out the art exhibits and the locally-produced goods at the market before stopping by Midori for a sweet taste of Taiwan.
Midori Handmade Ice Cream | 蜜朵麗專業冰淇淋
Address: No. 1 Yumen St., Zhongshan district, Taipei City (Maji Maji Square)
Hours: Weekdays 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm; Weekends 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm
MRT: Yuanshan Station
地址:台北市中山區玉門街1號 (Maji Maji 集食行樂)
時間: 平日 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm; 假日 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm