In the hot summer days, while the heat is sweltering, it’s time to call for a bowl of shaved ice to cool down! In Taichung City, the first choice of shaved ice has to be Xin Fa Ting’s honey beans shaved ice. Even though the honey beans shaved ice has been around for 80 years, it still retains the crunchy sound and fresh taste when you bite into it, which is still an old common memory amongst the Taichung people.
Xin Fa Ting is an old-fashioned ice shop located in Taichung. It has been sold from the first generation up til the third generation for 80 years. After several migrations later, the third generation boss Weizhu Chen, finally settled the store near Central Taiwan Railway Station 5 years ago.
Even though the appearance of the store does not look like anything special, but once you step in, you will see a retro twist on the decorations of the store that combine both new and nostalgic styles. This is an eye-opening urban art highlight and it is approved by the Taichung city government.
Weizhu Chen stated that Xin Fa Ting is a beautiful memory of “The older generation,” especially in the first market, where the business had been the most successful. Many soldiers, who served in Chenggongling Recruit Training Common often brought their girlfriends during vacation times to the ice shop.
These past events often bring them back to the old days; A while ago, a group of grandmas who had previously graduated from Taipei’s First Girls High School came to Taichung for vacation specially went to the Xin Fa Ting ice shop to eat the honey beans shaved ice.
“This is the taste that we had in mind!” The descendants of Xin Fa Ting are committed to maintaining the original taste of the honey beans shaved ice. The original taste makes the older generation very satisfied. However, the business cannot be too old fashioned. Six years ago, Weizhu Chen found out that except for tourists from Hong Kong and Japan, the older generations are not particularly fond of shaved ice. They were just there to reminiscence about their youth.
To keep the business running, Weizhu Chen decided to move to the current site and renovate their shop in retro style, which attracted young customers.
The main attraction of Xin Fa Ting is still honey beans shaved ice, the flavor that has been selling for 80 years remains popular, it can even be considered a classic.
As Weizhu Chen once said, the traditional honey beans shaved ice usually contains 12 ingredients. There are apples, bananas, watermelons, sweetened pineapple, honeydew, taro, mochi, mung beans, soybeans, etc. Just looking at the big bowl is satisfying enough. The unique part about the shaved ice is that the ice particles are big, which makes a crunchy sound when biting into the ice, and it is very refreshing.