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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Taipei kong mahal 180704 (Rapsa Edition): Mango Overload


Large slices of Taiwanese mangoes covering a pile of shaved ice.  Add the thick juice of the fruit from a small cup and you have a healthy dessert that is proudly Taiwan made.  It looks so delicious.  But can your stomach handle the large serving?  Prepare to get bloated when you enter GoManMango. A hidden dessert house in Shilin District has a surprising supply of fresh mangoes for your favorite shaved ice.

First-time customers are greeted by boxes of the fruit stacked on top of another at the storefront.  The peak season of Taiwan's apple mangoes is just right to bring the flavor to our mouths, during the hot and humid days on the island.  An illusion of abundance that awes visitors once they get inside.  There are fresh fruits displayed on the store and the red color of their peel is really like of an apple.  The apple mangoes of Taiwan are cultivated in Tainan, Kaohsiung, and Pingtung.  Places that are located below the Tropic of Cancer and are said to have a tropical weather.

Supreme Mango Snow Ice. It's a big hit during the summer season.  Topped with an ice cream and a layer of pudding underneath,  one can easily say that it is a copycat of the best-sellers of more well-known dessert house in Taipei like Ice Monster and Smoothie House.  I've been to these stores in Taiwan Day 217 and Taiwan Day 1072 respectively.  Their desserts are mostly made of ice like tiny snowflakes that have fallen from the sky but tastes like real mango.   GoManMango's version is different because the highlight of the food is not the shaved ice but its freshly cut  Taiwanese apple mangoes.  At a price of NTD 180 per bowl,  you can enjoy the meal plus a tiny cup of its natural juice.

Never underestimate Taiwan's shaved ice desserts.  My stomach really became bloated after eating all of the dessert and I even didn't feel the need to eat dinner.  However,  there was nothing special with the shaved ice of the Supreme Mango Snow Ice.  I think the taste could have been better if condensed milk was added or there should have been more if it was mixed already.  The big slices of mangoes saved the day with the sweet taste of its flesh.  Taiwan's apple mangoes are really different from the ones that  I can buy in Taipei's morning markets.  Although the fruits are smaller they taste better!  

100% of natural goodness.  Aside from the Supreme Mango Snow Ice, I also ordered the Mango Smoothie.  A tall glass of the Taiwan apple mango juice.  Shaped like a rose flower, the thin slices of the fruit can be seen floating on the ocean of the fruit juice.  The sweetness is just right and perfect for those who want to remove the aftertaste of street foods that you have eaten in the nearby Shilin Night Market.   

The staff of GoManMango couldn't believe that I was able to eat all of the Supreme Mango Snow Ice and the Mango Smoothie.   The cashier was also in shock after knowing that I was the only one who feasted on the orders.   Haha!  Guess what?  I left the store very full coz I have experienced a mango overload.

address: No. 9, Fushou Street, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111
[Google Map]
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
*During peak hours, customers will have to write their names on the waiting list.
*Expect the mango desserts to be available only during the summer season.

How to get here:  MRT Shilin Station (Red Line) -> Exit 1 -> Walk 230 meters

My orders:
[1] Supreme Mango Snow Ice: NTD 180
(4 out of 5 luomujie stars)

[2] Mango Smoothie: NTD 120
(5 out of 5 luomujie stars)

Rapsa is a slang for the Filipino word "sarap" which means delicious. Delicious -> sarap -> "rapsa" (inverted syllable order). The Rapsa Edition of the "My Beloved Taipei" Travel Series will take readers to the tastiest and yummiest foods in Taipei. Get to know the best desserts and local delicacies that Taiwan's capital has to offer, through this subprogram of the luomujie blog.



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