Jung Yard Softee is a tiny, low-profile shop specializing in handmade gourmet soft-serve. It’s so obscure that if a reader hadn’t recommended it to me, I’d never have found it!
Along with lovingly handmade ice cream, Jung Yard Softee also sells high-grade Taiwanese teas and mixed beverages. They post the day’s offerings on the signboard outside the shop. Today they have high mountain honey tea, iced lemon tea, honey-scented black tea from Dancing Crane tea farm in Hualien, hot lemon water, and iced honey lemonade. The soft-serve of the day is local Irwin mango.
The shop’s rustic vintage aesthetic is too charming. The giant Mason jar full of lemonade on the counter made me feel like I was in my kitchen back in Canada. I’m pretty sure I have that exact same hat at home, too!
I appreciate Jung Yard Softee’s minimalist philosophy. They make one ice cream per day, using only the best ingredients available. There’s no need to torture yourself choosing between different flavours, and you can be 100% sure that the ice cream you chose is the best one!
This is more of a portfolio than a menu – it shows some examples of ice creams that Jung Yard Softee makes depending on what ingredients are available. You can still only order the one flavour that’s available! This menu shows a lot of flavours made with local teas, local fruits, and premium liqueurs.
I’ll have a mango soft-serve, please!
uh…make that two.
Mango soft-serve, $150NT. There’s more to Jung Yard Softee’s mango soft-serve than mangoes and milk. The ice cream is topped with fresh-cut mango chunks and drizzled with a super-smooth mango sauce that enhances its creamy texture. The mango sauce has a touch of white wine added to boost the mangoes’ fruity complexity.
This seems to be a fairly low-fat soft-serve. You can see the super-fine ice granules – it’s not buttery smooth like standard high-fat ice cream. It’s also very low-sugar. The fresh, juicy mango chunks actually tasted sweeter than the ice cream. It’s exceptionally light and refreshing, a bit like an icy mango smoothie. It’s perfect for a scorching hot summer day, leaving you feeling refreshed instead of weighed down.
…I know making gourmet ice cream is a high-cost operation, but I have to admit, I was a bit surprised to see this much hollow space inside my $150 ice cream. When you subtract all the air, it’s really a very small portion.
The shop has a couple of small benches and a single table for guests to sit and enjoy their ice cream. It’s basically an outdoor shop, so obviously not air-conditioned, but it’s shaded and comfortable. The street is quiet and peaceful. At first glance, Jung Yard Softee looks like a takeout-only shop, but something about the rustic simplicity of the place makes you want to slow down. You’ll likely find yourself grabbing a seat and staying for a while.
My friend and I spent nearly an hour here, letting the ice cream cool us down from the inside out while we watched regular neighbourhood customers come and go. This charming shop is a place worth coming back to, where you can experience the slower side of Taipei and taste Taiwan’s local flavour.
Jung Yard Softee Soft-Serve Ice Cream | 小涼院霜淇淋專門店
電話: 02 2706 7623
時間: 週三~五 3:00~21:00, 週六~日 1:00~21:00 (週一、二公休)
Address: No. 34, Alley 148, Xingnan Road Sec. 2, Da’an District, Taipei City
MRT: Technology Building Station
Phone: 02 2706 7623
Hours: Wed-Fri 3:00~21:00, Sat-Sun 1:00~21:00 (closed Mon, Tues)