Honey Farm (Xinyi, Taipei) | 蜜堂(台北信義)

我第一次去信義區的新光三越A4美食街,我原本的目的是吃「黃檸檬」的奢華手工霜淇淋,居然發現旁邊就有一家賣手工霜淇淋的蜂蜜轉賣店「蜜堂」 — 讓這場冰淇淋之旅一舉兩得!後來開始忙得沒時間寫評論,但我過了這麼久還還在想念「蜜堂」綿密可口的霜淇淋,大概就能證明它有多好吃吧!

When I went to XinYi’s Shinkong Mitsukoshi A4 food court a while back,  it was to get a taste of some fancy soft-serve from Yellow Lemon. I ended up killing two birds with one stone when I stumbled across another shop on the same floor selling handmade soft-serve ice cream: Honey Farm. I went to try their ice cream shortly after, but didn’t get around to writing the review until now. The fact that I’m still thinking about this place months later says something about how good it was! 

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事實上,「蜜堂」是一家蜂蜜專賣公司而不是冰淇淋專賣店,並且有著悠久的歷史,1915年在嘉義建立,目前為第三代的家族企業,全台各區都有開門市。除了純淨天然的當地蜂蜜以外,他們還做各種蜂蜜主題產品,以讓消費者體驗蜂蜜的各種口感與吃法。他們的冰淇淋就淋著蜂蜜的原味霜淇淋而已,很簡單,但把蜂蜜這個主角展示得很好。

Honey Farm is actually a honey shop, not an ice cream shop. It also has quite a long history – established in Chiayi in 1915, Honey Farm is now a third-generation business with branches across Taiwan. In addition to pure local honey, they also make a variety of products so you can enjoy a full range of flavours. Their ice cream is designed to showcase the star product – it’s just a simple, plain soft-serve drizzled with honey.

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霜淇淋每份NT$80,只有一個大小,沒有升級或加料,只有蜂蜜鮮奶跟原味優格這兩款口味,二選一或混搭都可以,價位一樣。我都要吃,所以點混搭就對了!

One serving is NT$80 – they only offer one size and one style, no upgrades or extras. They only have honey soft-serve ice cream and plain frozen yogurt, which you can order separately or mixed – they’re both the same price. I wanted to try both flavours, so I ordered a mix, of course!

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蜂蜜有原味、檸檬、桑葚三款口味可以選,檸檬和桑葚口味以當地水果原汁製作。我怕冰淇淋加蜂蜜會很甜,所以想要挑最酸的蜂蜜,店員所推薦的桑葚口味。

You can choose your honey flavour: lemon, mulberry, or original. The lemon and mulberry honeys are made with natural fruit juice from locally-grown fruits. I wanted something more sour, and they suggested the mulberry.

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原味優格X蜂蜜鮮奶霜淇淋加桑葚蜂蜜,NT$80。我的口味平時偏簡單,不愛吃配料豐盛的冰淇淋,因為我覺得加很多配料會掩蓋冰淇淋的原汁原味、把味道跟口感弄得太複雜,但吃了一口帶著玉米脆片的優格霜淇淋就愛上了這個配方! 優格、玉米片與莓果這三個味道混搭起來,讓我感覺自己在吃一個很養生的早餐一樣,超好吃!

Plain fro-yo + honey soft-serve with mulberry honey, NT$80. I’m not usually a fan of toppings on ice cream – I tend to think they interfere more than they enhance – but I love the cornflakes with this soft-serve. The taste of yogurt, cereal and berries makes me feel like I’m eating a healthy breakfast! It’s truly a match made in heaven.

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份量夠大方,雖然中間有空洞,但在台灣這是標準常規,沒辦法。還好,還是很多很多的霜淇淋!

The serving is fairly generous. There’s a hole in the middle, of course, but that’s just standard practice in Taiwan. It’s still a lot of fro-yo!

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優格雖沒有「捲冰屋」的濃郁與扎實,但還是特別綿密滑順,口感微酸,跟酸甜的桑葚蜂蜜合得非常好,又調低了甜度,結果清爽不膩口。再加上,液態的蜂蜜碰到冰冰的霜淇淋以後越冰越稠,軟軟的霜淇淋跟稠稠的蜂蜜的口感柔滑細致,對照著翠翠的玉米片,三個口感一起吃感覺很棒!

The yogurt is super creamy, but not as dense and heavy as the knockout yogurt at Juan Bing Wu. It has a pleasantly tangy flavour that pairs perfectly with the tart mulberry honey, balancing out the sweetness nicely. The liquid honey thickened on contact with the ice cream, giving it a dense, silky texture that was wonderful with the crispy cornflakes.

「蜜堂」販賣各種各樣的蜂蜜產品,都看起來很優質,有點貴,但包裝很漂亮,應該是伴手禮用的。

Honey Farm sells all manner of honey products. It’s premium stuff, expensive and nicely packaged – mostly intended for gifts, I suppose.

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有一半蜂蜜…

There’s plain honey…

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還有用來做夏天消暑冷飲的蜂蜜醋…

Honey vinegar for making a refreshing summer drink…

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…有巨大瓶蜂蜜…

Enormous jugs of honey…

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..還有擠壓瓶裝蜂蜜…

Large squeeze bottles of honey

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…還有一個蜂蜜品嘗拼盤,每種蜂蜜都擺出來給客人吃吃看蜂蜜的彩虹,其中有些是不同花粉做的天然蜂蜜,還有些(像檸檬、桑葚)是調味過的。

…and a taster tray filled with every variety, so you can sample the honey rainbow. Some of these are natural honeys sourced from different types of flowers, while others (like the mulberry and lemon that they use on the ice cream) have been flavoured.

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說道店家本身,台北門市就是百貨公司美食街裡面的小攤商,所以沒有甚麼氛圍可言,美食街用餐區有共用桌椅可以坐下享用冰淇淋,雖然不像那種可以混一整天的咖啡廳,但還是很值得跑一趟去吃他們簡單好吃的霜淇淋!說實話,比起「黃檸檬」的花式冰淇淋,我更喜歡「蜜堂」比較簡單的冰淇淋與配方,如果我去嘉義的話我一定要去總店再次吃!

As for the shop itself, Taipei’s Honey Farm is just a retail kiosk in a mall food court, so there’s no ambiance to speak of. You can grab a table and sit down with your ice cream, but it’s not a place to linger all day. Still, it’s worth a trip for their simple but perfectly balanced ice cream! To be honest, I preferred this simple ice cream over the fancy one at Yellow Lemon. If I’m ever in Chiayi, I’ll make a trip to their flagship store for another taste!

蜜堂 | Honey Farm

地址: 台北市信義區松高路19號(新光三越信義A4館B2F)
電話: (02) 2723-3933
捷運: 世貿/台北101站
時間: 週日~週四 11:00~21:30;週五~週六11:00~22:00
官網www.honeyfarm.com.tw
臉書www.facebook.com/HoneyFarm.tw

Address: No. 19, Songgao Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei (B2, building A4, Xinyi Shinkong Mitsukoshi)
Phone: (02) 2723-3933
MRT: World Trade Centre / Taipei 101 Station
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00-21:30; Fri-Sat 11:00-22:00
Websitewww.honeyfarm.com.tw
Facebookwww.facebook.com/HoneyFarm.tw

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