Ai Yu Bo’s House
Fen qi hu at Ali Shan
Many celebrities have been to Ai Yu Bo’s restaurant which serves really good ai yu at fen qi hu (a part of Ali Shan). They have a few flavours and one of the flavours, cold milk with ai yu was described as zan nen (a japanese term which means ‘what a pity’) as it was not available when the celebrities were there. Ai yu jelly is made from the seeds of figs, which are ground into powder and then cooked in water to give this jelly like, springy substance. This is a cafe which allows you to spend a whole relaxing afternoon at!
The orange ai yu has lime juice in it and is the recommended ai yu from the cafe. It tastes very similar to our ice jelly we have in Singapore coffee shops just that this is more sour and refreshing as lime juice is more intense over here. Also the ai yu is not totally transparent and there are some ‘seed-like’ suspension in the jelly which I think indicates a more authentic ai yu made from the seeds of the fruit itself.
So, I really love this ai yu cafe as it is something that you will never be able to find in Singapore. You can have your delicious ai yu while facing the tranquil and peaceful mountain. A really superb way to spend your afternoon at. What amazes me is the layout of the whole cafe as well as the old street (that sells souvenirs and local delights) near it, as they look totally like Japanese stuff. Then again, this place was created by the Japanese when they were in control of Taiwan. The ai yu costs about TWD $60 to $80 each. The owners were also really friendly and smiley and cute actually. A recommended cafe to go too when you are there if you want to have authentic ai yu!