One of the best things about living abroad is that every meal is an adventure. I was in Taipei over the weekend with some friends, and we got a dessert called Yu4 Yuan2, which are sticky Taro balls. The problem with Asian desserts is that it's hard to convey how delicious everything is. Everything comes in sticky ball form, and somehow the name Taro balls just doesn't come out right.
Since my college friend Matt was only in town briefly, we had to get the house specialty. Unfortunately, the house specialty involves Yuyuan on black sugar ice and cold grass jelly (yes, I know that sounds putrid, but give it a shot!), and Matt happened to come on the coldest day of the year. Being the wasteful young lady I am, I could only get through a little of the icy stuff before giving up and ordering the hot grass jelly version. Here I am fishing taro balls out of the ice.