Right Ice Cream (Songshan, Taipei) | 來特手工鮮果冰淇淋(台北松山)

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隱藏在松山區靠近市民大道被遺忘角落的「來特手工鮮果冰淇淋」是一家不可能偶然遇到的店。周圍地段只有二手家具店跟車行,不是逛街的地區,所以這家小小的店非得特意找才能找到。「來特」這麼不好找會讓人懷疑他們躲著顧客!只因為有一次遇見他們的冰淇淋車的緣分我才知道萊特冰淇淋的存在,當時剛好賣完了冰淇淋正收拾中,所以沒有吃到。我就是因為要寫這個部落格才堅持尋找這麼不好找的店! 但我對結果感到十分滿意,因為找到了萊特冰淇淋以後我發現了它就是我所要寫的目標,一家充滿土生土長台灣風味的,很草根性的家族生意。來特冰淇淋不光提供好吃的手工冰淇淋,也提供一個冰淇淋故事

Right Ice Cream is one of those places you will never, ever find if you don’t go looking for it. Tucked away in a back alley just off the Civic Boulevard highway, in a forgotten corner of Songhan district that seems to be mostly junk stores and auto shops, it’s not only nearly invisible – it seems absurdly out of place. One almost wonders if they’re hiding from customers! If it weren’t for their ice cream cart, which they occasionally wheel out to more visible areas, I’d never have heard of it at all. It was only by chance that I spotted the cart near Ningxia Night Market one night, just after they’d sold their last scoop and packed up for the day, and if it weren’t for this blog, I doubt I’d have bothered to follow up and come all the way out here to find the shop. But I’m glad I did. Right Ice Cream turned out to be a real gem – a grassroots, made-in-Taiwan family business. Exactly the kind of place this blog is dedicated to. You don’t just go to Right for an ice cream – you go there for ice cream and a story.

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這是老闆楊先生。他本來是機械工程師,但熱愛做冰淇淋,休閒時間都用來研究冰淇淋的做法,到2005年已經學了十年做冰淇淋終於決定辭掉工程師的工作走自行開業的路,勇敢地追求做冰淇淋的夢。他目前跟兒子一起經營企業。整個企業從頭到尾都是他自己創造的,包括獨特冰淇淋食譜跟DIY家具和招牌。外面招牌的大蛋捲冰淇淋也是他自己手做的!

Meet Mr. Yang. A mechanical engineer by trade, he spent ten years developing ice cream recipes in his spare time before finally leaving his job to launch the ice cream shop and pursue his passion full-time in 2005. He now runs the business with his son. The entire business is his own creation, from his unique ice cream recipes to the DIY furniture and signs. He even made the giant ice cream cone himself!

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能見度這麼低的冰淇淋店顯然不可能依賴自來客存活,「來特」的生意是批發與網上訂購為主。溫馨舒適的小店內只有一張桌子跟四五張椅子。超愛創意和DIY裝潢的我,特別喜歡「來特」煤渣磚塊和舊門造出來的桌子,桌子一邊還有郵件槽,實在太可愛!

As one would expect from its inaccessible location, Right Ice Cream depends mainly on wholesale orders for business. The shop is tiny and intimate, with only one table and four or five chairs. It’s no secret that I love creative furniture. I really like the table, which is an old door on cinderblocks – the mail slot is especially cute! 2015-10-15 17.18.50-1

冰淇淋都是用當地時令食材小批量生產的,口味會依季節不定期變換,今天的冰淇淋口味不到十款。冬季時,冰淇淋不好賣,所以熱食做得比較多,比如自製湯圓、花生湯、紅豆湯等等。

The ice creams are made fresh in small batches with exclusively local ingredients. Flavours are limited and seasonal – there were less than a dozen on the day I went. During the winter, when ice cream sales slow to a crawl, they sell hot items like homemade tangyuan (sweet glutinous rice dumplings), peanut soup and red bean soup, instead.

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今天的冰淇淋口味包括草莓蜂蜜酸梅愛文芒果。楊先生堅持使用台灣當地真材實料,我詢問冰淇淋原料的來源時,他一連串背出了每一款冰淇淋原料的產地,甚至有說出農場的名字。我想不起他所有說出的地名,但我記得草莓產於大湖,龍眼蜂蜜產於苗栗。

Today’s ice cream flavours include strawberry, honey, sour plum and Irwin mango. Mr. Yang is dedicated to local Taiwanese products. When I asked about the ingredients, he proceeded to tell me exactly where in  Taiwan they were grown; he even named the farms. I can’t remember all of them, but I recall the strawberries are from Dahu and the longhan honey is from Miaoli.

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桑葚芋頭香蕉百香果

Mulberry, taro, banana and passionfruit.

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除了奶油和雞蛋基底的冰淇淋,「來特」還有賣不含蛋的,水果比例較高的雪泥。這是台式雪泥,含有少量牛奶而不是純素的歐美式雪酪(吃純素的朋友可以吃特製清冰,可以向下滾動看照片和說明)。今天的雪泥選擇有酸梅可爾必思,我從沒看過可爾必思口味雪泥,很奇特!

Besides ice cream, which they make with cream and eggs, they also sell sherbet, which is made with no eggs and a lower dairy-to-fruit ratio. Sorry, vegans – no dairy-free sorbet here (but they do have vegan shaved ice – scroll down to check them out). Today’s sherbet options were sour plum and Calpis, a yogurt-based beverage. Totally unique!2015-10-15 16.18.48-1

請求試吃時,老闆很樂意地幫你挖出小球冰淇淋來嘗嘗看,很大方! 以上是蜂蜜、香蕉與芋頭口味。

Ask for a sample and you’ll get a dish of tiny scoops of ice cream – very generous for a sample. I sampled the honey, banana and taro.2015-10-15 16.19.30-1

香濃的香蕉冰淇淋是整個香蕉做出來的,包括果皮在內! 這個作法不僅帶來特色多層次的香蕉滋味,而且會讓營養成分、纖維含量更豐富,做出比較健康的冰淇淋!

The rich, creamy banana ice cream is made using the whole banana, peel and all. This gives it a uniquely complex flavour, as well as boosting the fiber and nutrient content for a healthier ice cream!          2015-10-20 09.14.21

嘗試了多款口味冰淇淋和雪泥以後,我決定要點苗栗龍眼蜂蜜冰淇淋跟酸梅雪泥。單球冰淇淋為NT$50,兩大球才NT$80,比一般台北手工冰淇淋店少了一半,CP值高到爆表! 還可以點冰淇淋拼盤,八小球綜合口味冰淇淋才NT$150,真划算,可惜我已經吃飽了才發現拼盤的選擇。

After sampling most of the ice creams and sherbets, I decided to get Miaoli longan honey ice cream and sour plum sherbet. At NT$50 for a single scoop and NT$80 for two huge scoops, Right Ice Cream offers amazing value  – less than half the price of most artisan ice cream in Taipei! You can also order the “tasting plate” – eight small scoops for NT$150. Too bad I didn’t see that option until I’d already filled up on two big scoops!2015-10-15 16.24.08-1

酸梅雪泥是很道地的台式古早味,清淡可口,味道溫和,甜度比較低,水分含量偏高,鹹酸甜的梅子味十分順口,有些人不習慣吃鹹中帶甜的東西會覺得奇怪,但它真的很好吃,味道有微妙的平衡,很容易上癮,一定要試試看!

The sour plum sherbet is quintessentially Taiwanese – light, mild, and slightly icy. The sweet-sour plum is enhanced with a little salt – maybe a little weird to westerners who aren’t familiar with Taiwan’s complex flavour combinations, but it’s subtle and well-balanced and really addictive. Give it a try!2015-10-20 09.13.50苗栗龍眼蜂蜜冰淇淋組合了台式、美式與法式冰淇淋不同風味,以台灣食材做的,甜度依台灣口味調低了些,但奶油含量偏高,大概12趴,比較接近美式冰淇淋,還有雞蛋在裡面,像法國的傳統冰淇淋食譜。吃起來超濃郁,口感滑順綿密,蜂蜜的味道越吃越香。

The Miaoli longan honey ice cream is an interesting creation that fuses Taiwanese, American and French ice cream techniques.  It’s made with Taiwanese ingredients and has the lower sugar content typical of Taiwanese ice creams, but it’s made with more cream than milk, so it’s around 12% fat, similar to American-style ice cream. It also includes eggs, like a French ice cream. It’s very rich and dense! The honey flavour is subtle at first, but the more you eat the more you can taste it.

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Menu基本上只是一系列老闆最拿手的東西,包括古早味清冰(供檸檬與黑糖口味)、「來特冰茶」(阿薩姆紅茶加決明子、檸檬清冰),奶酪與蒟蒻凍加奶油。

The menu is really just a small selection of things the owner is good at making, including plain shaved ice (in black sugar or lemon flavour), house special iced tea (Assam black tea + cassia seed tea + a scoop of lemon shaved ice), milk pudding, and konjac jelly with cream.

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我和朋友邊吃冰淇淋邊跟老闆聊聊天,他突然間走去櫃台後,然後拿著小碗檸檬清冰回來請我們吃。以上就是試吃份量,一般份量較大,價格為NT$40/碗。檸檬清冰基本上就是微甜的檸檬水,先冷凍再磨成細細的剉冰,不加糖水和配料來吃,就是超涼爽又健康的夏日小吃。還可以配冰淇淋一起吃 —- 我把一口酸梅雪泥配檸檬清冰一起吃覺得很讚。好像可以直接點冰淇淋清冰,但我看菜單沒看到。

My friend and I continued chatting with the owner as we enjoyed our ice cream. Suddenly he ducked behind the counter and came back with a small bowl of his lemon shaved ice for us to try. This is just a sample-sized bowl; a proper bowl is much bigger and sells for NT$40. It’s super simple and refreshing – pretty much just frozen lemon water, ever-so-slightly sweetened, shaved to a fine powder and served plain. Served without sugar water or sticky-sweet toppings, it’s a healthy and refreshing summer treat. I tried it with a spoonful of my sour plum sherbet and it was fantastic – I think you can order them together, although ice cream + shaved ice doesn’t seem to be listed on the menu.

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我和朋友吃檸檬清冰吃得讚不絕口,老闆就是忍不住要再來小碗清冰給我們吃吃看,這次是古早味黑糖清冰

When my friend and I couldn’t stop raving about the lemon shaved ice, the owner couldn’t help himself and brought out another bowl, this time with black sugar shaved ice.

2015-10-15 16.52.44-1黑糖清冰比檸檬清冰甜一點,但還是很清爽的。黑糖清冰和蜂蜜冰淇淋配起來很好吃!

This one was a little sweeter than the lemon, but still very light. It tasted great with the honey ice cream!2015-10-15 16.41.43-1 吃了那麼多冰淇淋讓我們有點口渴,來杯 「來特冰茶」吧! 香濃紅茶加決明子的味道喝起來很深沉但還是很溫和,不會苦也不會太甜。裡面的檸檬清冰融化的速度比一般冰塊還快,讓冰茶更冰,很爽口!

All that ice cream made us thirsty, so we also tried the house iced tea. The taste is rich but mild – not too bitter and not heavily sweetened. The shaved ice melts quickly inside and makes it much colder than regular ice cubes. Very refreshing!2015-10-15 17.17.05-1

What’s better than a cosy shop with nice people and delicious homemade ice cream? A cosy shop with nice people, delicious ice cream, and a cute dog. The dog was a stray until the Yang family rescued her and kept her as their own.

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結果,原本很平凡的冰淇淋採訪就變成了邊吃冰品大餐,邊和熱情的楊家聊天的一整下午。楊先生企業的故事真啟發人,已經被別人寫過,可以參考看看。雖然天氣已經開始變冷了,但我肯定會再次去「來特冰淇淋」享用老闆用心所做的美食,品嘗台灣當地的好滋味!

So what started out as a regular ice cream mission ended up turning into a full-on meal and a long chat with this lovely family. Mr. Yang’s entrepreneurial journey is an inspiring story – here’s an article about it in Chinese (which I will translate into English soon)!

Right Ice Cream | 來特冰淇淋

地址: 台北市松山區八德路四段36巷54號
電話: (02) 2762-2008
捷運: 國父紀念館站(走路大概十分鐘)
時間: 每日12:00~22:30左右
價位: NT$40起
臉書www.facebook.com/righticecream

Address: No. 54, Alley 36, Section 4, BaDe Road, Songshan District, Taipei City
Phone: (02) 2762-2008
MRT: Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station (about a ten-minute walk)
Hours: Daily 12:00~22:30 (hours are approximate)
Price: NT$40 and up
Facebookwww.facebook.com/righticecream

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3 thoughts on “Right Ice Cream (Songshan, Taipei) | 來特手工鮮果冰淇淋(台北松山)

  1. omg this looks SO GOOD… thanks for the article 🙂 now i gotta try it some time! Also, i just wanted to tell you that I just found your blog and it’s awesome ❤

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    1. Thanks, Chelsea! Yeah, Right Ice Cream is good stuff. And the owners are so sweet – definitely worth spending an afternoon hanging out in their shop and getting to know them! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I’m out of the county all summer and won’t be updating it much, but I hope to catch up and add some new places later this year!

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