Recommendation: Traditional Tofu Jello with modern twists too.
Another spot that still stands after 18 years is the Li Jin Traditional Tofu Jello shop. This might be the place where I had my first conscious bite of Tofu Jello. It is a taiwanese snack where they add soft tofu into a sweet soup served with other sweet ingredients of your choice. A modern twist that is good in the summer is their slushee tofu jello. Instead of serving tofu jelly in that hot syrup, they turn the syrup into slushee form and serve it on top of the tofu jello and ingredients. I do not know if any other places serve tofu jello in this way, but their ice is very fluffy and uniformly sweet. This place is a great last stop to end a night of snacking.
Since I was not feeling so well, I ordered the hot version of the Tofu Jelly. I got it with red beans, yam jello, and taro jello. The soup base was sweet enough. The jello items were not as gelatenous or chewy or innately flavorful as it could be, but it was passable. The red beans were sweet and soft. (It would be hard to screw up the red beans. The tofu jello lies on the soft and melty side. This place is not for the person who like their tofu jello densse and pasty, and with a very sharp soybean taste. The soybean taste is very subtle and the jello kind of evaporates in your mouth. This place is almost always packed with a line of people mostly taking out. I would recommend their mroe non-traditional slushee item, as it is more popular and unique.
Probably 9 out of 10 people eat the slushee rendition. The tofu jello and ingredients are buried under the avalanche of sweetened slushee. The ice is very fluffy and not granulated like the shaved ice common to the island. It is even fluffier in consistency than the slurpees at seven eleven. This is definitely a dessert worth a try in Hsin Chu. I am not sure if there is a counterpart in Taipei, but wouldn't be surprised if there were.