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Published December 28th 2015
Update February 16th 2018
This cafe has now closed.
Refreshing Taiwanese Dessert Cafe
Over the last few years Taiwanese food outlets have been increasing in number over Adelaide, from the popular Shilin franchise Hot Star Large Fried Chicken, to Dessert Story, Moodle and Gan. Perhaps partly popularised in Australia by the famous Chef David Chang of Momofuku fame, the popular Gua Bao is available almost anywhere.
Meet Fresh Sign
Meet Fresh at 31-33 Hindley Street is a Taiwanese dessert outlet specialising in brightly coloured bowls of shaved ice, syrups, fruits, red beans, sweet potato, herbal jellies, soft tofu, ice cream, sago, coconut and taro balls. More familiar options including bubble tea, pancakes and waffles are also available. The cafe is open late, from 12 noon to 10:30pm every day except Friday and Saturday when it closes at midnight.
On entering the brightly lit interior, customers are met with an ever changing panoply of LCD screens displaying, in slideshow, glistening mountains of delectable sweet treats. Wood tables and traditional decor with lanterns are contrasted with the argent white counter, where orders are taken by uniformed staff.
Behind The Counter
The main dessert components are taro balls, herbal jelly and tofu pudding. The taro, bean paste and sweet potato are fashioned into a firm, yielding, slightly granular texture while the tofu pudding is a sweet, insubstantial silkiness. Semi-translucent sago balls and tapioca pearls are chewy with a subtle syrupy flavour.
Mango Milk Crushed Ice
Traditional Soft Tofu Dessert
If you're looking for an alternative to usual dessert fare, Meet Fresh provides an interesting range of fresh flavours and textures that may come as a welcome surprise, triggering memories of holidays or home.