Just down the street from Ximending is an establishment, an institution of sorts, that has been open since just after World War II and hasn’t changed much since then, unless you count the changes in flavors. Snow King Ice Cream (雪王冰淇淋) may evoke thoughts of The Simpsons and Homer’s competition with Barney Gumble’s Plow King, but it’s much more delicious than the classic comedy.
You can choose from standards like vanilla and chocolate, or delve into local flavors like longan, chili, wasabi, or pork floss. If you want to get a little buzz going before heading out for drinks, you can order a scoop of the alcoholic ice cream flavors that include beer, brandy, and kaoliang. Some patrons may wonder why some customers would even consider ordering mung bean, soybean curd, or sticky rice ice cream, but they’re available if you’d like to try.
There is an English menu for those who can’t read the Chinese, but not all the flavors are available each night–you’ll have to ask. A small dish of ice cream at 雪王冰淇淋 (xuě wáng bīngqílín) costs NT$60-120 (the more generic flavors are cheaper).