Yu's Almond Tofu

Address: No. 101, Hengyang Road, Zhongzheng District (台北市中正區衡陽路101號) (map)

Tel: (02) 2370-1998

MRT: Ximen (Exit 4)

Hours: 10:30~22:30

Accepts: Cash

Service Fee: None

Price: $

Sweet and Smooth

As a kid, I really loved ordering Almond Tofu and dim sum restaurants back in Canada. Mom always told me not to because she could easily make it at home, but I didn’t care too much. I loved the taste of almond, and almond tofu remains one of my favorite desserts to this very day. So, you can imagine my excitement when we stumbled across Yu’s Almond Tofu (website) in the Ximen District. Here is a place where almond tofu wasn’t just a side dish – it is the main attraction.

Order here

Like your typical local Taiwanese dessert place, the decor is nothing to write home about. Up front you’re greeted with the ordering counter and topping bar…

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…and on the inside is the simple seating area with a bar-style table and a couple individual tables. This isn’t the sort of place to spend an afternoon in – it’s meant for you to enjoy your dessert and go.

Inside seating

The menu is very simple, with an overwhelming almond theme speckled with a couple local favorites. If almond isn’t you’re thing, you’re in the wrong place.

The menu

My girlfriend and I ordered two items. We started with their signature Almond Tofu ($50). For your fifty hard-earned NT dollars, you get the tofu and a vacuum sealed packet of almond milk (and a spoon, if you want to be completely thorough).

The entire set

The first thing you want to do is open up the lid to the tofu, tear open the packet of almond milk, and pour it on top.

Pour it on...

Once that’s done, it’s ready to enjoy. The tofu itself is incredible smooth, and when combined with the almond milk, an absolute treat for almond lovers. This is by far the best almond tofu I’ve had in Taiwan so far.

Smooth and silky

Next up was their Almond Ice Cream ($60). It comes prepackaged in a small cup, which is about the size of your normal scoop of ice cream.

Almond Ice Cream

Underneath the lid, you’ll find the convenient spoon with which you can enjoy your dessert.

All the tools are prepared

Unfortunately, while it was chock full of almond bits, the ice cream itself could have been better. It just wasn’t dense enough, which means it wasn’t all that creamy when you eat it. You can almost taste the air throughout the ice cream, which tarnished the experience somewhat.

A bit too airy...

So Did You Like It Or What?

Yu’s is by far my favorite place for almond tofu in the city. I haven’t tried much of their (albeit limited) menu, and their signature dessert is top notch. They also have some almond ice desserts that look quite interesting. I’m going to dock a point for the disappointing ice cream, but overall, with Yu’s in town, almond fans have it good. 3.5 Yums. -TY

3.5 Yums

 

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