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What’s on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain’s first GTA location

By Caroline Aksich| Photography by Caroline Aksich
What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location

Name: Meet Fresh Contact: 5315 Yonge St., 416-546-5139, meetfreshcanada.com
Neighbourhood: Willowdale

The food

This Taiwanese favourite serves up traditional desserts heaped high with things like taro, boba (chewy tapioca balls), mung beans and herbal jelly (a slightly bitter jelly made from a member of the mint family). The brand gained popularity in Asia for its healthy(ish) desserts, made without preservatives.

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Mung bean cakes are filled with a mix of mung and red beans and served with two types of mochi: peanut butter and sesame-brown sugar. $7.70.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Egg pudding (left) is topped with tapioca and served with two kinds of mochi that are drizzled with caramel and topped with toasted coconut. $5.70.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
The Meet Fresh signature bowl tops ice blended with herbal jelly with even more herbal jelly and some taro balls. The herbal jelly takes eight hours to make and is served both hot and cold. $8.70.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Purple rice porridge with taro balls is sweetened with cream that’s imported from Taiwan. $8.40.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Here it is again.

 

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What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
This taro ball bowl combines taro, red bean and boba. $8.70.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
A bowl of tofu pudding with taro and red bean. $7.20.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
The volanco of shaved ice is doused with two kinds of milk (condensed, coconut) and sided with egg pudding, boba and mini taro balls. On top: one brown sugar-seasame mochi. $10.70.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Can’t decide? Get one of everything.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Alice Chu is one of the co-owners of Meet Fresh East, the first Ontario franchise of the Taiwanese brand. There are more than 600 locations worldwide.

 

The drinks

Teas (green, black, winter melon) come plain or made up as milk teas. Customers can choose to customize their drinks with toppings like herbal jelly, taro balls or boba.

The space

The two-storey space is divided between the take-out counter (downstairs) and the 45-seat dining room (upstairs).

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location
Guests who choose to dine in get a buzzer that goes off when their food is ready. Their trays are sent up from the kitchen in a dumbwaiter.

 

What's on the menu at Meet Fresh, the super-popular Taiwanese dessert chain's first GTA location

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