HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What better way to kickstart the New Year than with something sweet? The past year we Malaysians have been spoilt for choices when it comes to Taiwanese teas and desserts. There’s the ever-popular Chatime, Gong Cha, Snowflake (and many other lesser-known ones) … and now we have BlackBall!
Similar to Snowflake, (it is Taiwanese desserts, after all!) BlackBall serves the typical concoction of taro balls, sweet potato balls, black pearls, grass jelly, black jelly, red beans etc on a bed of shaved ice sweetened by brown sugar, with a small tub of fresh milk served on the side.
The story of BlackBall…
Established in 2006, it is one of the biggest dessert chains in Taipei, with more than 20 outlets and still expanding. The name “BlackBall” is attributed to their main ingredient “Xian Cao”, their “black” jelly goodness and their yummy taro “balls” in their desserts. Founded by one Mr Tang who is a passionate dessert connoisseur in Taiwan, the first BlackBall outlet was opened in Taipei in 2006 as Mr Tang wanted to share the health benefits of “Xian Cao” as well as the great tastes of his dessert creations. Teaming up with Alex and Endie, who are both dessert lovers, BlackBall outlets are now open in Malaysia - in SS15 Subang Jaya, Damansara Uptown, Seri Petaling, KSL City Mall Johor Bahru and Pulau Tikus, Penang.
Personally, I find the taro balls here much better-tasting than Snowflake’s. There’s less flour and more taro in the balls, thus you get to taste some real taro goodness in them. Then there’s the “Taro-Q”, elongated version of the balls, also very flavoursome from real taro and sweet potatoes. A bowl of their BlackBall Signature costs RM6.50 (hot or cold) and it comes filled with taro balls, taro-Q, grass jelly, black pearls and red bean. Oh, another thing I love about them is that they are very flexible with requests to change the toppings in their various Combos options (unlike Snowflake). For our 2nd bowl of BlackBall Signature, upon my request, they happily replaced the red beans with brown sugar jelly, and replaced the black pearls (I like pearls in tea, not in my dessert) with more taro balls… yeah, I just love their taro balls, man!
Besides desserts, they also have a good selection of Taiwanese tea with various types of pearls, jelly, with or without milk… and they also have smoothies. We went away with 3 packs of “Xian Cao” Tea with Grass Jelly, 3Q Passionfruit Green Tea and QQ Cranberry Lemon Juice – all at RM5.90 for 700cc cup.
63G Jalan SS15/8A
47500 Subang Jaya
(opposite Asia Cafe, same row as Starbucks)