“Meet Fresh” doesn’t give enough credit to the punny name in Chinese 鮮芋仙, which sounds like the words for meet and fresh while also using a wordplay of two of the specialities they are best known for: grass jelly (仙草) and taro (芋頭). Established in 2007, the franchise has catapulted to international success, bringing along with it a more widespread recognition of Taiwanese desserts.
While they carry a wide spread of traditional desserts, Meet Fresh specializes in grass jelly based desserts, served in various combinations at different temperatures, from hot herbal tea soup style to solid jelly to their signature shaved ice blended with grass jelly. When it comes to toppings, they have all the classics but are most well known for their taro and sweet potato balls, which are house made using all-natural ingredients with traditional processes. The wide menu also includes tofu puddings, shaved ice and teas with endless permutations of toppings. Although their local Taiwan locations have dwindled over the years, Meet Fresh has become a one stop shop for Taiwanese desserts all year long in other parts of the world, with a loyal fanbase all around mainland China and outposts in Asian enclaves in the western world too.
|Hours||varies by location but most open midday and stay open until late evening|
|Price||$$ – varies by region but generally about “mid” priced – in Taiwan it’s on par with other “sit down” ice shop franchises so more expensive than your traditional ice shops, in the US desserts are around $10, and drinks are around $5.|
|Aesthetic||fairly commercialized version of an “artisan” brand story|
Go here for: fulfilling a Taiwanese dessert craving all year long
Order this: any of their herbal jelly based desserts, the herbal jelly shaved ice is the perfect summer treat, or if you’re getting something for the road go for an iced herbal tea with cream top
Amount of time to spend: 30 min pit stop or hours long hang out spot (it’s an “authentic” way to pass time)
When to come: any time, but generally great for a mid-afternoon snack or an after dinner dessert
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Last visited: June 2021
Last updated: June 2021