Field Trip: Matcha heaven at Wood White Cafe 白木咖啡

Wood White Cafe is conveniently located near the Xingtian Temple MRT Station, on the orange line. Come out of exit 1, walk backwards from the station, and you will see a sign for Union Bank. Turn left, and you will see Wood White Cafe.

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Wood White is a tiny cafe, which seats around 30 people. Most of the tables are for 1-2 people, with a larger communal table towards the back of the shop.

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The interior of the shop is simple, and filled with natural light. The kitchen is also visible through the large windows.

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They open at noon, and on the Sunday I was there, there was already a line of people waiting to be seated.  Since it was lunch time, I ordered an open face sandwich. The menu was a little hard for me to read (tiny, Chinese characters with too many descriptive words) so I kind of took a guess and hoped for the best.

This was lightly toasted bread, topped with creme fraiche, tuna and sautéed onions.  It wasn’t really what I imagined what it would be, but I decided to keep an open mind.  I took a bite with all the toppings, and just couldn’t continue without some minor alterations. I scraped the onions off the top, and mixed the creme fraiche, so it would merge better with the saltiness of the tuna.  It wasn’t terrible, but there was certainly some room for improvement.

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However, all was not lost. I was thrilled with their dessert and matcha latte.  The dessert I ordered was a matcha tart, filled with matcha flavored cream, and topped with lemon and matcha custard.

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There were two flavors that I didn’t think would go together, but the tartness of the lemon complemented the slight bitterness of the matcha.  The crust was also a lovely surprise. It was crunchy, sandy texture, with a buttery flavor.

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The matcha latte was also perfect. It came unsweetened, but the slight bitterness of the mocha brought out the sweetness of the foamed milk.  Divine.

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When I went to pay my bill, a staff member asked me why I scraped the onions off of the sandwich (!!) I thought I was pretty discrete about it, but I guess she noticed! I gave her my thoughts, and she really listened. I felt awful when she apologized, because I thought it was just a matter of personal taste.

She mentioned that they would continue to improve and hoped that I would come back. I mentioned that I absolutely enjoyed the desserts and drinks, and would definitely be back to try other items on the menu. They also have several other tempting desserts, and a delicious looking quiche that I would like to try.

Enjoy!

Information: Address: Songjiang Road, Alley 226, No. 8| MRT Xingtian Temple Station, Exit 1| Ph:  02 2543 1782 (no reservations are taken) | Hours: 12:00-9:00pm | 台北中山區松江路226巷8號 捷運行天宮站1號出口

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