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BlackBall company started back in 2006, has bloomed and now stands as one of the biggest dessert chains in Taipei with over 20 outlets and still expanding. Enjoy different Taiwanese desserts in the newly opened outlet in Star Vista.
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Sufficiently Good Taiwanese Dessert
Blackball has seen a spurt of popularity in the recent years. This Taiwanese chain serves an assortment of desserts mostly centred around grass jelly and Jiufen taro balls.
Blackball is good, but it doesn’t come close to the real McCoy sold in Jiufen. The biggest difference is the taro balls. They’re no where as chewy and springy. The sweet potato balls are often too soft, while the taro balls are too hard.
Although it may not match up to the standards of the real deal, Blackball is still sufficiently good enough to satisfy vicious cravings when you’re in Singapore and not Taiwan.
Worth at least a try
Blackball Taiwanese Dessert first started in Taiwan and made its way to Singapore a few years ago. I am sure this Taiwanese dessert store is not foreign to many of us too.
For those there the first time, try their Blackball Signature Dessert (S$5.40). Choose between variations of cold, hot, warm and icy. I would usually go for icy after a long day outside. The shaved ice is not exactly the finest I tasted but it is decent. The dessert will come with a small tub of creamer for you to pour into your dessert, pour it in as it improves its overall taste. Though the price is slightly steep for a bowl of dessert, on top of the shaved ice, it is topped with generous servings of red beans, grass jelly, pearls, taro and sweet potato balls.
If you do not take either one of the ingredients, simply let the counter staff know. Otherwise, there is another option of customizing your bowl of dessert. This however, I feel is not worth it as you might find yourself spending more than their signature dessert. There are other toppings that you can choose to add on too, at varying prices. I usually find it not necessary as the bowl of dessert itself is more than enough to finish. I tried the sesame and matcha balls once. Its texture is slightly firmer and not as good as the taro and sweet potato ones.
I usually patronize the store at Bouna Vista, located right at the top of the mall. The store has an outdoor and indoor seating area. If you are there after a long day at work or school at night, choose the outdoor area if it is not raining. The atmosphere and the night breeze, perfect for catch-up sessions with a couple of friends or just spending some time with your date. Blackball Taiwanese Dessert is worth a try, at least once.
My schoolmates and I decided to give this a try, since it was so near our school. We were a little skeptical at first - "Grass jelly and ice? Might as well get it from the neighbourhood bubble tea store!"
We bought two icy blackballs to share among the 4 of us. It came with red bean, yam balls, sweet potato balls and a creamer. Sounds simple, but it tasted SO GOOD we became blackball converts on that day. It became such a routine to go for Blackball after school that we even had a regular customized order - kidney beans, milk, honey yams, sweet potato balls along with grass jelly and ice. Yum! It's a refreshing treat to have on a hot day.
They have a hot version which I have never tried, maybe I'll try it on a cold rainy day and see which I prefer :)
If not for llaollao's existence, blackball would probably still be my ultimate to-go when I crave for something cold and sweet. This Taiwan dessert chain is not to be underestimated. Some love it, some think its meh, but I obviously belong to the first group of people and I think that its beauty lies in it's simplicity. You'll find good old grass jelly, bubbletea pearls, red bean and other yummy ingredients in the styrofoam cup. They have a list of other ingredients like yam, and the best part is you can also customize your own dessert.
I would usually order a serving of icy blackball, with the standard ingredients because I'm genuinely satisfied with what is inside and because I usually just want to quickly get my hands on that cup of icy yums especially when we have scorching hot weather.
Tip: Don't forget about the sweetened milk!
I've only tried the 'signature' dish - a concoction of grass jelly, chewy yam and sweet potato balls, milk, red beans and pearls - so far and I like it. I never knew these ingredients would complement each other the way they did. It is as a dessert that you dig into once in awhile.
It is a nice, modern, refreshing take on the traditional chin chow dessert that many people are familiar with. I tried it in 'icy' and 'cold' but prefer the icy version. It is apt for our increasingly scorching weather here in sunny Singapore. This is a good alternative to my usual bubble tea laden with pearls even though it is more pricey.
Classy Grass Jelly
Blackball Taiwanese Dessert, as it's name implies, serves grass jelly desserts and drinks mainly. People get skeptical at this point, with memories of the drink served in hawker centres and schools. Blackball serves up a grass jelly that'll change your mind. Instead of thin strips, you get a large ball, hardly what you're used to. With the deluge of more 'Western' style dessert shops opening around Singapore recently, this is a refreshing change.
The Blackball Signature is a must-try. A mound of grass jelly accompanied by two styles of yam and sweet potato, red beans, bubble tea pearls and a capsule of condensed milk, it's as Taiwanese as it gets. You get to choose what style it's served in as well. From Hot to Icy, there's something for everyone but in Singapore's heat, Cold and Icy are the go-to methods.
If the Blackball Signature if not your thing, you get to customise the accompaniments. With 17 to choose from, there's bound to be something up anyone's alley.
However, Blackball Taiwanese Dessert isn't for everyone. With a menu that mainly consists of grass jelly and bubble tea, you'll be hard pressed to find anything else, but then again, why visit Blackball if you do not have a craving for grass jelly desserts?
I've heard a lot about Blackball. I believed it was just another hyped up craze about grass jelly. (Remember the craze about bubble tea, donuts and yogurts?) However, it tempted me to jump into the bandwagon because I am a huge fan of grass jelly. So I thought why not let the grass jelly expert decide on the verdict?
I got myself a warm BlackBall signature dessert which is a combination of smooth melted grass jelly with Yam Q, Golden Sweet Potato, yam balls, sweet potato balls, red bean and pearls. As raved, the yam balls and sweet potato balls are soft and bouncy. I never knew that these ingredients compliment well with the smooth grass jelly and chewy pearls. It is really delicious and the red beans made the dessert even creamier.
I guess you have to try it to know how good it is!
This dessert place is a firm favourite for my family and me! I recommend that you try the Blackball Signature, which is a combination of grass jelly, red beans, pearls, and sweet potato and yam balls. The grass jelly served here is really good, incredibly smooth with a mild flavour! The sweet potato and yam balls taste a little like giant bubble tea pearls, as the respective flavours don't feature very strongly. Still, the chewy, 'Q' texture makes it a lovely treat.
Another of my favourite items on the menu would be the wintermelon drink. It's very fragrant, 'cooling' and refreshing, especially in Singapore's heat!
At nearly $5 per bowl of dessert, it may be rather pricey, but can easily be shared between two. Do also consider downloading Perx, to gain freebies after a few visits!
Although the store's name implies that the store's specialty is dessert, I've never tried it. Instead, I've tried its various teas and ice shaken drinks. I have to say the cranberry lemon tea is kind of bland, and most of it is just sugar with syrup, although the milk teas are awesome.
The store I go to is in Clementi City Vibe, and the people who served me are always very slow, and I think one of them does not even know how it works...yet... Thus, I have to ding them for service. Other than that, this store is comparable to others like Koi and Gong Cha, and their drinks are not obsessively sweet like Koi's. The price is also slightly more reasonable.
Seeing plenty of pictures about the dessert on my Instagram, I decided to give Blackball a try a few weekends ago. I remember vividly that I had just finished my weekly run and swimming session, and was looking forward to a good bowl of ice blended desert.
Hence, I got the specialty set with durian toppings from an outlet in Habourfront and I must say it was an eye-opening experience. Following the concept of ice kachang, I got a big portion of grass jelly, coloured ice, yam, and other ingredients. The combination of sweet and sticky pastes, cool and refreshing ice and chewy ingredients occupied me for the next half an hour as I enjoyed mouthful after mouthful while having a chat with friends.
The sensation after a while was of being 'mouth-freezed'. This was exciting as in a way, the flavour of the dessert was enhanced while not being too sweet for me to take it. My friends, meanwhile, did not have the stomach to continue their desserts after this stage. After that, I felt a refreshing effect in my tummy when the cooling dessert reached its depths and I must say it is one of a kind of feeling.
I totally enjoyed my bowl of dessert and will definitely patronise a blackball outlet again.