Try Me If You’ve Got Balls! 黑丸嫩仙草
Yeap, you saw it right but you didn’t hear it from me! In fact, “Try Me If You’ve Got Balls!” is the tagline of BlackBall International desserts originating from Taiwan and founded by Mr. Tang.
It’s May Day or Labour Day, whatever you call it, it is a public holiday in Singapore and I’m out for good food and good company. The day started at 11.30am, brunching with Benjamin, Chi Sao, Kean and Su Ching. We were supposed to have some Szechuan cuisine but Ben is allergic to chillies and hot spices… can you believe that? So nada, Szechuan is out. We were back in Chinatown this late morning, the same area where we had eaten recently at Feng Bo Zhuang so western food is out too. Hmmm… Yum Cha, anyone? Everyone nodded enthusiastically. Yum Cha it is but with one condition from me – we order something my blog readers have not seen me post with an exception of some all time favourites. Fair enough but this Yum Cha post will be for another day. Stay tuned all ye dim sum lovers :)
Today, I wanna blog about balls! The mystical and irresistable balls that are chewy… springy… well, the Tawainese described them as QQ (springy with firm bounce). Mr. Tang envisioned that since the magical grass jelly known as Xiancao (仙草) is black in colour and the yam or taro balls are chewy, he named his company BlackBall (黑丸) International.
I have been telling Keef about this dessert but we never seem to come across it in Singapore. The first time I had them was in Malaysia. The second time was Sydney in Australia but I just couldn’t locate them in Singapore and I haven’t a clue on the dessert’s name then so I can’t google it. Now that I found it (with Aloysius), I’ve got balls! Let’s take a look what the rave is all about, shall we?
After some discussion, Aloysius and I decided we should try the BlackBall Signature Icy.
A review here may be biased as I have been wanting this dessert for the longest time so I shall not say much. Just sharing with you something new if you have not tried this before and to those who have and liked it, it’s time to go get them again! Be it hot, cold, warm or icy, match them with your favourite single or a combination of these ingredients: YamQ, Golden Sweet Potato, Grass Jelly, Honey Yam, Pearls, Lotus, Red Beans, Yam Balls, Ice Jelly, Black Sugar Ice Jelly, Nata D Coco, Kidney Beans, Green Beans and/or Fresh Milk. Since today was quite hot and humid, we had icy version. I’m pretty sure this will sabotage my diet plans but Aloysius’ got it figured out. As the saying goes, “When ya get ’em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow!” Well, BlackBall got me ;-)
BlackBall has interesting beverages categorised under Traditional Tea, Winter Melon Tea Series, Fresh Milk Series, Specialty Drinks Series and BlackBall Crushed Ice Series. If you are not sure what to order, I highly recommend the Signature from BlackBall Special Series, so you get to taste a little of everything.
Happy exploring :)
Click here for BlackBall Singapore outlets. Search Facebook for their outlets in other countries.
In Sydney, you can have the same dessert at:
Meet Fresh Taiwanese Dessert
13 Goulburn Street
(corner of Dixon Street, next to Mamak)
Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8339 1031
Open 7 days 11am till late
BlackBall at Chinatown
Address: 8/206 Bourke St,
Melbourne VIC 3000,
Phone:+61 3 9662 2880
Transit: Russell St/Bourke St