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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Honey Farm sells all manner of honey products. It’s premium stuff, expensive and nicely packaged – mostly intended for gifts, I suppose.
There’s plain honey…
Honey vinegar for making a refreshing summer drink…
Enormous jugs of honey…
Large squeeze bottles of honey
…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.
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
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