Dihua Street is one of my favourite parts of Taipei to spend a leisurely afternoon of snacking and window shopping. The streets are lined with old-style buildings and traditional dry-goods stores, and the upper part of the neighbourhood is dotted with charming cafes like Salt Peanuts. I came here just to enjoy a nice meal and a coffee in their gorgeous courtyard, but was suprised to find that I could also try their handmade ice cream, too! In addition to brunch, pastries, and coffee, Salt Peanuts also sells their own ice cream featuring local tea.
They usually only have two options – matcha and tieguanyin oolong. Today, however, the tieguanyin was already sold out. Matcha it is!
The ice cream is a standard price at $80 for a scoop. When it arrived at the table, I saw that the portion was significantly smaller than a standard ice cream shop, but the higher price point is proportionate to the rest of the menu, so this wasn’t unexpected. The presentation is lovely, scooped into a small liqueur glass and topped with a paper-thin slice of dried starfruit.
For some reason, even though it wasn’t a warm day, the ice cream was melting quickly – it had already begun to melt by the time it reached our table. As for the taste, I was surprised to find it quite a lot sweeter and less delicate than the standard matcha ice cream I’ve had in Taiwan. It tasted more like a western-style matcha ice cream, higher in sugar and fat. After a few bites, I was glad it wasn’t a larger portion – it would have been too much to finish.
The texture was uneven – melty on the outside, slightly icy on the inside. They said it was their very last scoop of ice cream, so it had probably been sitting in the freezer long enough to separate and lose its creamy smoothness.
Overall, while I really liked the atmosphere and food at Salt Peanuts, I don’t think I’d order their ice cream again. Stick with their tried-and-true specialties, like cheesecake and coffee.
鹹花生咖啡館 | Salt Peanuts Cafe