Aberdeen Food Court – Ajijiman Hanabi & Frappé Bliss
After shopping at Daiso, PonDeRing and I wandered up to the food court at Aberdeen Centre for lunch. We originally wanted to go to Aoyama Cafe, but decided against it after thinking there would be much cheaper and tastier alternatives at the food court. I like the food court at Aberdeen Centre because of its diverse selection of Asian cuisine and comfortable seating areas. Since I wasn’t feeling very adventurous that day, I settled for Japanese food at Ajijiman Hanabi with its eye-catching menu board. I do regret my decision somewhat, as there are a lot of other good food items in the Aberdeen food court worth trying. I’ve heard good things about the chicken wings at Wo Fung Dessert — definitely going back to try it out in the near future.
Grilled Chicken Don (~$6):
The portion size was good, but I found this don to be lacking in flavour. The chicken pieces were decent, but nothing to write home about. The rice bowl looked good presentation-wise, but the mayo drizzled on top of the chicken did not enhance its taste in any way. The rice was very bland — after finishing the chicken, I was left with a pile of flavourless rice with nothing to accompany it with.
Kimchi beef don (~$6):
PonDeRing went with the kimchi beef don. It turned out to be a great choice, as it tasted a lot better than the chicken katsu don I ordered. The kimchi added a lot of flavour to this dish, and the beef pieces were tender and plentiful.
Overall, don’t come here if you’re looking for great tasting, authentic Japanese food. However, they do offer a diverse selection of Japanese food items on their menu, as well as takoyaki and okonomiyaki.
After lunch, we decided to get some dessert. There are a lot of dessert places in the Aberdeen food court, including Beard Papa’s cream puffs, Qoola frozen yogurt, and Mazazu Crepe. There is one place that I have always wanted to try whenever I’m at Aberdeen — Frappe Bliss, which specializes in shaved ice desserts.
The shaved ice at Frappé Bliss is known as “xue hua bing” in Taiwan and translated as “snowflake ice”. Snowflake ice is like shaved ice, except it’s finer in texture and more feathery. Their shaved ice comes in a plethora of different flavours such as milk, peanut, mango, strawberry, etc. You can either choose flavour combinations that are already made for you from the board, or choose the flavour of the ice and toppings yourself.
Matcha Delight (~$5):
We ordered the matcha delight, which came with sweet red beans, chewy rice balls, and a scoop of green tea ice-cream on top. We chose the milk flavoured ice, which we thought would go best with the toppings. Turns out we were right, because the combination was amazing! The green tea ice-cream and red beans complemented each other well, and tasted amazing with the milk flavoured ice. I’m glad they were not stingy with the toppings. I loved the chewy rice balls… they don’t really taste like anything, but I enjoy them for their chewiness.
Here’s a close-up of the snow ice:
See how fine it looks? The ice was so creamy and smooth! Each bite just melts in your mouth. It was truly a blissful experience.
Snowflake ice is a popular dessert in Taiwan, especially in night markets. They have all sorts of flavours there and at incredible prices! I didn’t get to try it out the last time I went back for a visit, but I will make it a point to eat it the next time I’m there!