Fruit Republic (Xinzhuang, New Taipei City) | 水果共和國 (新北市新莊區)

2016-01-01 15.56.19

既然我已經走訪了台北市多半獨立營業手工冰淇淋店,我不得不把我的冰淇淋雷達延伸到較遠的地方,發現更多尚未寫過的店! 幸好,新北市的冰淇淋店好像不少,而且日益增加。位於新莊區去年七月開幕的水果共和國,就是新北市最新開的店之一。

Now that I’ve visited most of the independent ice cream shops in Taipei City, I have to start expanding more into New Taipei City to find new shops to write about! Luckily, there seem to be a lot of them, with more popping up every day. Open since July 2015, Xinzhuang district’s Fruit Republic is one of the newest additions.

“水果共和國義式冰淇淋,將寶島台灣豐富多樣的水果,以義式手工冰淇淋的製作工藝,創造出口感綿密又低脂健康的美味甜點,誠摯邀請您前來一同感受水果共和國的魅力!”

“At Fruit Republic, we apply traditional Italian gelato-making techniques to Taiwan’s bountiful local produce, creating smooth, creamy, low-fat gelato and healthy sweets. Come to Fruit Republic and be charmed!” 

在地、健康、低脂…這就是最吸引我的關鍵詞! 讓我們去吃吃看新北市的手工冰淇淋跟北市的有何不同吧!

Local, healthy, and low-fat? You bet I’m charmed. Let’s see if New Taipei City does gelato differently from downtown!

2016-01-01 15.58.04

這家隱藏於新莊老街附近巷弄裡,重新裝修的小店,具有清新簡約的魅力,現代風格錯落在周遭的老宅與傳統建築,又稍微避開了廟口夜市的喧嘩,讓客人鬧中取靜。

Tucked into an alley just around the corner from Xinzhuang Old Street, the freshly renovated shop offers a nice, quiet oasis of modernity in the midst of Xinzhuang’s traditional architecture and chaotic night market atmosphere.

2016-01-01 16.01.14

水果共和國的義式冰淇淋與雪酪都是老闆用心手工作的,批發量少,選擇不多,以確保每一款的新鮮與品質。今天只有七款口味:芭樂雪酪、烘培杏仁果、青梅小番茄雪酪、萊姆葡萄、東加王國波本香草莢、Oreo餅乾及玫瑰鹽黑糖。

The owner makes all the gelato and sorbet from scratch. Batches are small and choices are limited, ensuring optimum freshness. Today there were only seven flavours: guava sorbet, toasted almond, cherry tomato and sour plum sorbet, “malaga” (rum raisin), Tongan bourbon vanilla, Oreo cookie, and black sugar with Himalayan pink salt.

看看冰淇淋時,首先引起我注意的是比較獨特的青梅小番茄雪酪。在比較傳統的台式冰淇淋店有看過酸梅或青梅冰淇淋,譬如在萊特冰淇淋和美冰果屋雪王等等懷舊風味的店(雪王還有番茄口味冰淇淋,但我還沒嚐過),然而,這是我第一次看到梅子加番茄這種很代表台灣風味的配方做成冰淇淋。

The first thing that caught my eye was the unique cherry tomato and plum sorbet. I’ve seen plum ice cream at traditional places like Right Ice Cream, He Mei, and Snow King -Snow King also does a tomato ice cream which I’ve yet to try – but this is the first time I’ve seen this classically Taiwanese combination married in an ice cream!

2016-01-01 16.16.11

像店名顯出,水果共和國把焦點放在當地水果上。以上的大盒小番茄是剛剛從台東送過來!

As the name suggests, Fruit Republic focuses on sourcing fruits grown right here in Taiwan. This box of cherry tomatoes had just been delivered from Taitung!

2016-01-01 16.06.57

來杯芭樂雪酪青梅小番茄雪酪NT$49。份量好大,但價格卻少台北市冰淇淋店的一半!

A cup of guava sorbet with cherry tomato and sour plum sorbet, NT$49. The portion is large, but the price is about half what you’d pay in Taipei City!

甜甜的小番茄配酸酸又微鹹的青梅組合起來別有風味,酸甜鹹鮮搭配起來的比例恰到好處。在台灣這個配方很常見,通常用在果汁、糖果、蜜餞小番茄等小吃上,雖然對西方人聽起來很奇怪,但習慣了以後就會覺得吃起來很爽口又很多層次,越吃越愛吃!

Sweet tomatoes and briny preserved plums pack a distinctive flavour punch that strikes a balance between sweet, salty, sour and savory. This combination is common in drinks and candies in Taiwan, and plum-stuffed cherry tomatoes are a popular a night market snack. The combination sounds bizarre to westerners, but once you get used to it it’s addictively complex and refreshing.

2016-01-01 16.08.35

水果共和國的青梅小番茄雪酪嚐起來很清爽,口感綿密,味道偏酸甜,可以吃得到小碎塊番茄果肉證明它的新鮮,實在是一個很奇特又很值得跑一趟新莊來吃的在地美食!

Fruit Republic’s tomato-plum sorbet is deliciously light and creamy, slightly tart, and flecked with little bits of fresh cherry tomato pulp – a rare find worth coming back for!

2016-01-01 16.09.06

芭樂雪酪口感很滑順,果肉和果籽都細心的被挑出來,讓你更能享受芭樂的原汁原味,吃起來很純粹、微妙,甜度不高,可以吃很多也不會膩口。

The guava sorbet has a lovely light, creamy texture, with all the pulp and seeds carefully strained out. The taste is subtle and pure, not aggressively sweet.

2016-01-01 16.10.38

芭樂、番茄跟梅子很搭,我很推薦一起吃,讚!

Guava, tomato, and sour plum are a classic combination – try eating them together!

2016-01-01 16.04.03

我媽跟我一樣愛上了芭樂雪酪,覺得一杯就不夠兩個人分享,所以給自己點一杯,再配上烘培杏仁果冰淇淋

My mom also loved the guava sorbet and decided it was too good to share, so she ordered her own. She paired it with the toasted almond gelato.

2016-01-01 16.09.47

烘培杏仁果冰淇淋香濃綿密,牛奶味道偏重,堅果味道很溫和,是北美杏仁果做的而不是口味很重的亞洲杏仁果。

The toasted almond sorbet was rich and creamy with the mild, nutty flavour of toasted North American almonds (not pungent Asian almonds).

2016-01-01 16.35.57

本店不僅可以享用新鮮手工冰淇淋,還有手工餅乾、布朗尼等各式甜點,以及飲料帕尼尼三明治,可以用餐。

In addition to ice cream, the shop also sells handmade sweets like brownies and cookies, as well as a full menu of drinks, paninis and sandwiches.

2016-01-01 16.13.28

咖啡不錯喝,熱熱的咖啡配冰涼的冰淇淋很舒服!

Their coffee is quite nice and goes beautifully with the ice cream!

2016-01-01 16.01.49

傳統台式瓦片餅乾是當地烘培坊做的,看起來好吸引人!

These traditional Taiwan-style tuile cookies are made by a local baker. They’re super tempting!

 

店內設備齊全,免費wi-fi、雜誌、桌遊都有,在這可以很輕鬆地度過一個下午。

The shop is well-equipped for a relaxing afternoon, complete with magazines, board games, and free wi-fi.

2016-01-01 16.32.00

我來新莊本來是為了欣賞老街與廟口夜市的古早味和傳統氣氛,但卻在水果共和國很現代風格環境花了幾個小時。幸好發現這個地方,可以坐窗邊的位子望著對面老屋頂,兩者都能兼得!

I originally came to Xinzhuang to enjoy the old-school Taiwanese temple market atmosphere. I was pleased that at Fruit Republic I could grab a window seat overlooking the temple rooftops and have the best of both worlds!

Fruit Republic | 水果共和國

地址: 新北市新莊區新莊路184號
電話: 02 2992 9978
時間: 週二~週五14:00~21:00;週六、日12:00~21:00 (週一公休)
臉書: www.facebook.com/fruitrepublic.tw

Address: No. 184, Xinzhuang Road, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City
Phone: 02 2992 9978
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 14:00-21:00; Saturday & Sunday 12:00-21:00 (closed Mondays)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fruitrepublic.tw

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