FairPrice Taiwan Fair 2022 brings your taste buds on a gourmet trip

Do you miss travelling? I sure do. People, sights, and sounds aside, so much of it was about discovering new tastes and flavours. About eating or drinking something for the first time and thinking, “OMG, people would go crazy about this in Singapore! Why don’t we have it there?” It seems the people at FairPrice agree because their Taiwan Fair 2022 (24 Mar – 6 Apr) brings you on a gourmet trip to the island. I got an advance preview of the goodies and, wow, was it good!

goodies from fairprice

There are 4 categories of products: Shaomei Ice-Cream, Meiji Ice-Cream, I-Mei Salted Green Peas and Life Asian Drinks.

What I tried

3 sticks of ice-cream

Shaomei Brown Sugar Boba Ice-cream

Boba tapioca pearls in fresh milk ice-cream covered with thick brown sugar syrup.

boba ice-cream

This was my favourite! Like, sweeps 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place favourite. Most of the wonderfully chewy boba pearls are stuck to the ice-cream stick. Bite into the caramel-flavoured bar and you have to put a bit of effort into pulling the sticky little fellows off. I loved the mouthfeel! Taste-wise, it was at the perfect level of sweetness.

Shaomei Boba Matcha Latte Ice-cream

Brown sugar-spiked rice flour mocha encased in fresh milk and brown sugar syrup.

boba matcha latte ice=cream

Matcha is the healthiest flavour of boba that you can get but it does require you to enjoy the flavour of green tea. I am on the fence with this one— I think it would have been better if they had gone just a wee bit easier on the matcha infusion.

Shaomei Boba Black Tea Latte Ice-cream

A combination of Taiwan’s famous red tea swirl and QQ brown sugar-flavoured pearls.

 Boba Black Tea Latte Ice-cream

They aren’t kidding when they say ‘tea’! I don’t know how they do it but this ice-cream really does taste like the stuff I love from my neighbourhood coffee shop. If you demand truth in advertising, this flavour is for you.

Meiji Milk Cookie Ice-Cream

Crispy dark cocoa biscuits in rich milk ice-cream.

Meiji Milk Cookie Ice-Cream

I know I’m not the only one who wishes biscuits contained more cream. With this ice-cream, it’s like all the cream from Oreo cookies got together and decided to gobble up the dark chocolate biscuit bits. The result is an ice-cream with a very pleasant rough texture. Nice.

stacked ice-cream sticks

Meiji Matcha Latte Ice-Cream

An elegant combination of matcha and milk with a pleasing white jade filling.

Meiji Matcha Latte Ice-Cream

Compared to the Shaomei version, Meiji’s take on this healthy flavour was done with a less dense concentration of matcha. To me, that made it better; to those who love their matcha, this may not live up to the mark.

Meiji Red Bean & Condensed Milk Ice-Cream

Made with red beans and condensed milk, drizzled with brown sugar syrup.

red bean ice-cream

If you love red bean desserts, this is the only choice for you. I found the ice-cream bar to be packed with soft little pieces that really made each mouthful so enjoyable. A sure-fire hit with the sweet-toothed among us.

boxes of ice-cream

I-Mei Salted Green Peas

I-Mei Green Peas come in 4 flavours: salted, wasabi, extra garlic and mustard. None of them contains any artificial colourings or flavouring, and all are completely free of MSG.

bag of peanuts

I received the salted pack, which was just lightly salted. Great choice if you are trying to cut down your sodium intake. Each piece was crunchy and crispy, and I think it’s the perfect accompaniment to a beer or soft drink.

peanuts

I-Mei snacks come in a triangle pack so you can share with friends and family.

Life Asian Drinks 

bottled drinks in a row

Life drinks are 100% sourced, produced and packed in Taiwan. Their entire range is free of preservatives and artificial colouring. The halal-certified thirst quenchers are available in 5 tasty flavours: Red Sugar Cane & Water Chestnut, Rock Sugar Starfruit Juice, Red Date Tea, Chrysanthemum Tea with Wolfberries, and Herbal Tea.

Red Sugar Cane & Water Chestnut

red bottle

An all-time crowd pleaser, this cooling beverage has a crisp taste and pleasant sweetness. Most importantly, it is not made from concentrate.

Rock Sugar Starfruit Juice

yellow bottle

This was my absolute favourite! Sweet, zesty and infused with Vitamin C, it was a great antidote to a hot day. I can see myself buying a carton of these.

Red Date Tea

red date tea

Fancy 100% natural ingredients with no artificial flavouring added? Well, here is your dose of red dates, cane sugar, and wolfberries. I have always enjoyed the mild flavour of red dates and this drink captures it so well.

Chrysanthemum Tea with Wolfberries

bottled drink

Made with 100% natural ingredients and no artificial flavouring, this drink is brewed using whole chrysanthemum flowers blended with goji berries.

One of the reasons I stay away from Chrysanthemum-flavoured drinks in Singapore is that I find the flavour too strong. Taiwan seems to have found the perfect balance between infusing and over-infusing a beverage. This light drink was very enjoyable.

Herbal Tea

green bottle

Made with 100% natural ingredients and no artificial flavouring, this low-sugar drink has been awarded the Healthier Choice Symbol by the Health Promotion Board.

I thought it would be hard for me to judge this one fairly because I am not a fan of herbal teas. However, it really surprised me in a good way. Just like the chrysanthemum tea, it was lighter than I feared. There is also a distinct grass jelly flavour to it, which I enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

This was a nice introduction to the flavours of Taiwanese snacks and drinks in a single afternoon.

holding 2 ice-cream sticks

The hot Singapore weather wasn’t very kind to the Shaomei and Meiji ice-cream. I had them out for just a little while before they started to disintegrate before my eyes. The strange thing is that they tasted even better in that soft, half-melted state.

If you prefer your ice-cream all prim and proper, though, take an ice box for the ride home when you visit the Taiwan Fair. Or just buy and eat straight away— that’s what I’d do.

You can find all the latest news on these products as well as a host of other Taiwanese fruits and snacks on the FairPrice Taiwan Fair page. Don’t want to go all the way there? Have them conveniently delivered to your doorstep using the FairPrice app (selected items only).

*This post is brought to you in partnership with FairPrice

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