Kung Fu Soy - Shaolin Signature #1,

Kung Fu Soy: Where’s the Soy in This New LA Taiwanese Dessert Spot?

Kung Fu Soy is a relatively new venue in Montery Park, just a few minutes east of LA, that tries to differentiate itself in the over saturated Boba/Taiwanese dessert market by offering Tofu Pudding. Frankly, I love tofu pudding and this place makes a decent one; although it’s not amazingly silky smooth, the tofu pudding tastes fine.

However, for a store named Kung Fu SOY, I’m incredibly disappointed by how small a role the tofu pudding played in their dishes. First of all, the tofu desserts occupy only about 1/3 of the menu. The other main elements of this dessert shop is Aiyu and Herbal Jelly; 3 main signature ingredients in total.

Kung Fu Soy Menu - The menu offers 3 types of desserts on the left panel using their 3 signature ingredients: tofu pudding, aiyu, and herbal jelly. The customer also has an option of customizing their dessert dish on the right side of the menu.

Kung Fu Soy Menu – The menu offers 3 types of desserts on the left panel using their 3 signature ingredients: tofu pudding, aiyu, and herbal jelly. The customer also has an option of customizing their dessert dish on the right side of the menu.

I ordered the Shaolin Signature #1, which seemed like their signature tofu dessert dish. It contained tofu pudding, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red beans, boba, and red dates over a bit of shaved ice. For $7, it wasn’t that much tofu; rather, the tofu pudding was a topping for the shaved ice rather than the dessert. I would have loved it if they reversed the proportions and made the pudding into the base rather than the topping. In addition, they also try to flash the limelight on Herbal Jelly and Aiyu, which are delicious toppings found in Taiwan desserts. However, again, they are just additional topping options.

Kung Fu Soy - Shaolin Signature #1,

Shaolin Signature #1 -tofu pudding, taro balls, sweet potato balls, red beans, boba, and red dates over a bit of shaved ice

This place is cute, but I’m not too optimistic of how well they will do in the long run. Their menu is also pretty chaotic and could be a lot more user-friendly. Continue reading

Welcome to Zhong Li Xi Ming Night Market Main Entrance!

Exploring Taiwan and the Taste of Fermosa: The Zhongli Night Market

As part of the around-the-island Taiwan tour to explore as much as Taiwan as possible in 8 days, when we landed in Taiyuan International Airport, we set off to explore Taiyuan, where we would be staying for our first night. Taiyuan is the metro area about an hour southwest of Taipei, and in general seems to be considered pretty rural by most people from Taipei city.

Rough map of ZhongLi Night Market from the airport

Rough map of ZhongLi Night Market from the airport

Certainly it’s not much of a metropolitan city, but Taoyuan district is still thriving and has several bustling night markets! The most notable night market in Taoyuan County, is the ZhongLi night market in Zhongli District 中壢區, which is just a few minutes south of the airport.

Welcome to Zhong Li Xi Ming Night Market Main Entrance!

Welcome to Zhong Li Night Market Main Entrance!

As this was my first night market in Taiwan, I was incomparably excited for cheap and delicious street food. Note that the exchange rate during this visit is about 1 USD  to 32 TWD. With most street food costing between 40-100 TWD each, every food stall offers an incredible deal!

Taiwanese night markets operate along a single street. Within that street there are usually 2 or 3 lanes of stalls set up that ranges from food, shopping, and carnival games. The Zhong Li night market certainly offered a variety of all these things.

In no particular order… Continue reading