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This Ice Cream Has Eyes! Roji Monster Serves Shaved Ice Cream With Googly Eyes

By Oct 31, 2019 Dining

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Roji Monster is a Japanese-inspired, hyped-up dessert café from Taiwan. It just opened its first shop in Shanghai. People are lining up for it. The main attraction here are the 52rmb shaved ice desserts with googly eyes that look like Yip Yips from Sesame Street. Cute and Instagrammable!



There’s a pretty fun way of ordering it. Step one: pick your favorite flavor card among the four flavors on offer: Milk, Uji Maccha, French Cocoa and Black Sesame. Step two: Pick two out the 21 topping options. Stamp your flavor card with topping stamps. Hand it in at the checkout counter. You’ll then be given a buzzer.





Topping options include: red bean and tangyuan; Oreo cream cheese; salted cherry jelly (with an actual cheery blossom inside!); mini taro balls; honeycomb; nuts and jams; and more. A real nightmare for anyone with aboulomania.



We ordered cocoa with fresh mango and honeyed chestnuts. The frilly ice-cream was nothing special. The honeyed chestnuts, soft and sweet, were delicious. We also tried the macche zenzai, another hot menu item. It’s basically three small balls with candied googly eyes, soaked in matcha broth.



Adorable looking but what about the taste? I poked one eyeball right through with a fork. The other one left seemed to being staring at me, the murderer and the real monster, in an expression that approximated agony and fear. It was creepy. And 32rmb seems like a rip-off for what looked like tangyuan with eyes and tasted like tangyuan without eyes. I guess you’re just paying for the looks.



Roji Monster is in soft opening until early November at 1285 Yuyuan Lu, near Anxi Lu.

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