Thursday, July 17, 2008

dessert: i recommend SHI CA DWO

No. 26, Lane 216, Zhong Xiao East Road, Sec. 4
(02) 2773-3982


hours: 10:30 AM ~10:00 PM


To-go reviewed: 7/9/2008

When you think of green beans, you might think of stir-fried or steamed, but green mung beans (lui do) are a different kind of green bean entirely. They are small and round rather than long and stick-shaped and often sweetened and used in desserts like on top of shaved ice or in dessert soups.

A family friend kindly brought some green bean dessert over from what he declared was the best stuff that I had to try. What he liked about it, that I have to agree, that it isn't too sweet. Everything is soft and sweet, but not mushy.

The yi ren or white kernels in the soup looked and tasted like a mix of barley and popped popcorn, and after some googling, I found out that they are called Job's Tears in English or called Chinese Pearl Barley sometimes (though it's not technically barley). Both green mung beans and Job's tears are also supposed to be good for you, unlike boba (or tapioca pearls) another popular option in dessert soups/shaved ice.

So if you are tired of waiting in lines at Meet Fresh (which I have yet to try but I have seen the long lines and heard stories about their slowness), you can try out Shi Ca Dwo especially in the hot summer weather.

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