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BlackBall company started back in 2006, has bloomed and now stands as one of the biggest dessert chains in Taipei with over 20 outlets and still expanding. Enjoy different Taiwanese desserts in the newly opened outlet in Star Vista.

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3.8  (18)
I've only tried the 'signature' dish - a concoction of grass jelly, chewy yam and sweet potato balls, milk, red beans and pearls - so far and I like it. I never knew these ingredients would complement each other the way they did. It is as a dessert that you dig into once in awhile.

It is a nice, modern, refreshing take on the traditional chin chow dessert that many people are familiar with. I tried it in 'icy' and 'cold' but prefer the icy version. It is apt for our increasingly scorching weather here in sunny Singapore. This is a good alternative to my usual bubble tea laden with pearls even though it is more pricey.
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70%
Denise Bay Reviewed by Denise Bay on October 14, 2014
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"Not bad!"

I've only tried the 'signature' dish - a concoction of grass jelly, chewy yam and sweet potato balls, milk, red beans and pearls - so far and I like it. I never knew these ingredients would complement each other the way they did. It is as a dessert that you dig into once in awhile.

It is a nice, modern, refreshing take on the traditional chin chow dessert that many people are familiar with. I tried it in 'icy' and 'cold' but prefer the icy version. It is apt for our increasingly scorching weather here in sunny Singapore. This is a good alternative to my usual bubble tea laden with pearls even though it is more pricey.

Last updated: October 14, 2014

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Branch Location:
Star Vista and Tampines One
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Blackball Taiwanese Dessert, as it's name implies, serves grass jelly desserts and drinks mainly. People get skeptical at this point, with memories of the drink served in hawker centres and schools. Blackball serves up a grass jelly that'll change your mind. Instead of thin strips, you get a large ball, hardly what you're used to. With the deluge of more 'Western' style dessert shops opening around Singapore recently, this is a refreshing change.

The Blackball Signature is a must-try. A mound of grass jelly accompanied by two styles of yam and sweet potato, red beans, bubble tea pearls and a capsule of condensed milk, it's as Taiwanese as it gets. You get to choose what style it's served in as well. From Hot to Icy, there's something for everyone but in Singapore's heat, Cold and Icy are the go-to methods.

If the Blackball Signature if not your thing, you get to customise the accompaniments. With 17 to choose from, there's bound to be something up anyone's alley.

However, Blackball Taiwanese Dessert isn't for everyone. With a menu that mainly consists of grass jelly and bubble tea, you'll be hard pressed to find anything else, but then again, why visit Blackball if you do not have a craving for grass jelly desserts?
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70%
Ebel Tang Reviewed by Google Plus Image Ebel Tang on May 10, 2014
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"Classy Grass Jelly"

Blackball Taiwanese Dessert, as it's name implies, serves grass jelly desserts and drinks mainly. People get skeptical at this point, with memories of the drink served in hawker centres and schools. Blackball serves up a grass jelly that'll change your mind. Instead of thin strips, you get a large ball, hardly what you're used to. With the deluge of more 'Western' style dessert shops opening around Singapore recently, this is a refreshing change.

The Blackball Signature is a must-try. A mound of grass jelly accompanied by two styles of yam and sweet potato, red beans, bubble tea pearls and a capsule of condensed milk, it's as Taiwanese as it gets. You get to choose what style it's served in as well. From Hot to Icy, there's something for everyone but in Singapore's heat, Cold and Icy are the go-to methods.

If the Blackball Signature if not your thing, you get to customise the accompaniments. With 17 to choose from, there's bound to be something up anyone's alley.

However, Blackball Taiwanese Dessert isn't for everyone. With a menu that mainly consists of grass jelly and bubble tea, you'll be hard pressed to find anything else, but then again, why visit Blackball if you do not have a craving for grass jelly desserts?

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5
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I've heard a lot about Blackball. I believed it was just another hyped up craze about grass jelly. (Remember the craze about bubble tea, donuts and yogurts?) However, it tempted me to jump into the bandwagon because I am a huge fan of grass jelly. So I thought why not let the grass jelly expert decide on the verdict?

I got myself a warm BlackBall signature dessert which is a combination of smooth melted grass jelly with Yam Q, Golden Sweet Potato, yam balls, sweet potato balls, red bean and pearls. As raved, the yam balls and sweet potato balls are soft and bouncy. I never knew that these ingredients compliment well with the smooth grass jelly and chewy pearls. It is really delicious and the red beans made the dessert even creamier.

I guess you have to try it to know how good it is!
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80%

I've heard a lot about Blackball. I believed it was just another hyped up craze about grass jelly. (Remember the craze about bubble tea, donuts and yogurts?) However, it tempted me to jump into the bandwagon because I am a huge fan of grass jelly. So I thought why not let the grass jelly expert decide on the verdict?

I got myself a warm BlackBall signature dessert which is a combination of smooth melted grass jelly with Yam Q, Golden Sweet Potato, yam balls, sweet potato balls, red bean and pearls. As raved, the yam balls and sweet potato balls are soft and bouncy. I never knew that these ingredients compliment well with the smooth grass jelly and chewy pearls. It is really delicious and the red beans made the dessert even creamier.

I guess you have to try it to know how good it is!

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This dessert place is a firm favourite for my family and me! I recommend that you try the Blackball Signature, which is a combination of grass jelly, red beans, pearls, and sweet potato and yam balls. The grass jelly served here is really good, incredibly smooth with a mild flavour! The sweet potato and yam balls taste a little like giant bubble tea pearls, as the respective flavours don't feature very strongly. Still, the chewy, 'Q' texture makes it a lovely treat.

Another of my favourite items on the menu would be the wintermelon drink. It's very fragrant, 'cooling' and refreshing, especially in Singapore's heat!

At nearly $5 per bowl of dessert, it may be rather pricey, but can easily be shared between two. Do also consider downloading Perx, to gain freebies after a few visits!
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70%
Rachelle Reviewed by Rachelle on December 29, 2013

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"delicious dessert! "

This dessert place is a firm favourite for my family and me! I recommend that you try the Blackball Signature, which is a combination of grass jelly, red beans, pearls, and sweet potato and yam balls. The grass jelly served here is really good, incredibly smooth with a mild flavour! The sweet potato and yam balls taste a little like giant bubble tea pearls, as the respective flavours don't feature very strongly. Still, the chewy, 'Q' texture makes it a lovely treat.

Another of my favourite items on the menu would be the wintermelon drink. It's very fragrant, 'cooling' and refreshing, especially in Singapore's heat!

At nearly $5 per bowl of dessert, it may be rather pricey, but can easily be shared between two. Do also consider downloading Perx, to gain freebies after a few visits!

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5
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Although the store's name implies that the store's specialty is dessert, I've never tried it. Instead, I've tried its various teas and ice shaken drinks. I have to say the cranberry lemon tea is kind of bland, and most of it is just sugar with syrup, although the milk teas are awesome.

The store I go to is in Clementi City Vibe, and the people who served me are always very slow, and I think one of them does not even know how it works...yet... Thus, I have to ding them for service. Other than that, this store is comparable to others like Koi and Gong Cha, and their drinks are not obsessively sweet like Koi's. The price is also slightly more reasonable.
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70%
Johnathan Yeo Reviewed by Johnathan Yeo on December 12, 2013

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"Slow service"

Although the store's name implies that the store's specialty is dessert, I've never tried it. Instead, I've tried its various teas and ice shaken drinks. I have to say the cranberry lemon tea is kind of bland, and most of it is just sugar with syrup, although the milk teas are awesome.

The store I go to is in Clementi City Vibe, and the people who served me are always very slow, and I think one of them does not even know how it works...yet... Thus, I have to ding them for service. Other than that, this store is comparable to others like Koi and Gong Cha, and their drinks are not obsessively sweet like Koi's. The price is also slightly more reasonable.

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Clementi City Vibe
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Seeing plenty of pictures about the dessert on my Instagram, I decided to give Blackball a try a few weekends ago. I remember vividly that I had just finished my weekly run and swimming session, and was looking forward to a good bowl of ice blended desert.

Hence, I got the specialty set with durian toppings from an outlet in Habourfront and I must say it was an eye-opening experience. Following the concept of ice kachang, I got a big portion of grass jelly, coloured ice, yam, and other ingredients. The combination of sweet and sticky pastes, cool and refreshing ice and chewy ingredients occupied me for the next half an hour as I enjoyed mouthful after mouthful while having a chat with friends.

The sensation after a while was of being 'mouth-freezed'. This was exciting as in a way, the flavour of the dessert was enhanced while not being too sweet for me to take it. My friends, meanwhile, did not have the stomach to continue their desserts after this stage. After that, I felt a refreshing effect in my tummy when the cooling dessert reached its depths and I must say it is one of a kind of feeling.

I totally enjoyed my bowl of dessert and will definitely patronise a blackball outlet again.
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90%
Jian Qiang Reviewed by Google Plus Image Jian Qiang on December 01, 2013
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"Refreshing!"

Seeing plenty of pictures about the dessert on my Instagram, I decided to give Blackball a try a few weekends ago. I remember vividly that I had just finished my weekly run and swimming session, and was looking forward to a good bowl of ice blended desert.

Hence, I got the specialty set with durian toppings from an outlet in Habourfront and I must say it was an eye-opening experience. Following the concept of ice kachang, I got a big portion of grass jelly, coloured ice, yam, and other ingredients. The combination of sweet and sticky pastes, cool and refreshing ice and chewy ingredients occupied me for the next half an hour as I enjoyed mouthful after mouthful while having a chat with friends.

The sensation after a while was of being 'mouth-freezed'. This was exciting as in a way, the flavour of the dessert was enhanced while not being too sweet for me to take it. My friends, meanwhile, did not have the stomach to continue their desserts after this stage. After that, I felt a refreshing effect in my tummy when the cooling dessert reached its depths and I must say it is one of a kind of feeling.

I totally enjoyed my bowl of dessert and will definitely patronise a blackball outlet again.

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I live very near to Blackball.

So my friends would always announce their presence and ask me to join in their Blackball adventures.

And I would always say okay and go down.

And I would always regret it.

They have a specialty set (name escapes me but it's the only one there with what I'll mention) that is basically a lump mess of everything - black bell, jelly, sweet potatoes, and more chewy random bits. And I always try my best to like it but it just doesn't stick. After the first 4 mouthfuls, I'd pretend to die and push it to my friends. And they earn an extra bowl!

The only thing I like from here is their ice milk tea. Living so near Koi and Gongcha means I'm spoilt for milk tea choices and I wouldn't go for this, but it was a refreshing choice. Truly reminded me of my Taiwan days.

Come for the milk tea.
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50%
Nicole Lee Reviewed by Google Plus Image Nicole Lee on September 02, 2013
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"Overrated"

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I live very near to Blackball.

So my friends would always announce their presence and ask me to join in their Blackball adventures.

And I would always say okay and go down.

And I would always regret it.

They have a specialty set (name escapes me but it's the only one there with what I'll mention) that is basically a lump mess of everything - black bell, jelly, sweet potatoes, and more chewy random bits. And I always try my best to like it but it just doesn't stick. After the first 4 mouthfuls, I'd pretend to die and push it to my friends. And they earn an extra bowl!

The only thing I like from here is their ice milk tea. Living so near Koi and Gongcha means I'm spoilt for milk tea choices and I wouldn't go for this, but it was a refreshing choice. Truly reminded me of my Taiwan days.

Come for the milk tea.

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Best Part:
Ice milk tea
Branch Location:
Clementi
Recommend to Friend:
No
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It's not worth raving about, but I'd say it's good as an occasional dessert.

My brother first introduced it to me, but he bought a bowl of their warm dessert. It tasted alright, so when my friend and I passed by the shop at bugis+, we decided to try the cold one.

Their mixture of grass jelly and other ingredients is unique, though there are bubble tea shops selling grass jelly with fresh milk and etc.

The reason I'm bringing in bubble tea is because of the similarity I find in their taro, sweet potato and other ingredients with that of the pearls you can find in regular bubble tea. Simply said, halfway into the bowl of the dessert I felt like I was chewing flavoured pearls.

With that said, this isn't something I'd enjoy too frequently especially since I don't really fancy regular pearls. It is something I'd have every now and then, though.
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70%
zoey Reviewed by zoey on August 16, 2013
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"Unique!"

It's not worth raving about, but I'd say it's good as an occasional dessert.

My brother first introduced it to me, but he bought a bowl of their warm dessert. It tasted alright, so when my friend and I passed by the shop at bugis+, we decided to try the cold one.

Their mixture of grass jelly and other ingredients is unique, though there are bubble tea shops selling grass jelly with fresh milk and etc.

The reason I'm bringing in bubble tea is because of the similarity I find in their taro, sweet potato and other ingredients with that of the pearls you can find in regular bubble tea. Simply said, halfway into the bowl of the dessert I felt like I was chewing flavoured pearls.

With that said, this isn't something I'd enjoy too frequently especially since I don't really fancy regular pearls. It is something I'd have every now and then, though.

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My friends and I were curious about the new craze in Singapore which is Blackball, so we decided to visit the outlet at Star Vista when we were passing by on a really hot day. My friends who had already tried it told me not to get the Blackball Signature as it had red beans, something I don't fancy. So i opted for the mix and match served cold and I chose Honey Yam, Pearls, Milk, Grass Jelly and Aiyu Jelly. The service was prompt but the lady wasn't very warm or welcoming, serving with a frown on her face. The seating area at Star Vista was really hot on that day, making the dessert extra satisfying. However, I couldn't understand the hype about Blackball as it tasted pleasant but not overwhelmingly good. The pearls, milk, grass jelly and aiyu jelly went together well but I didn't enjoy the texture of the honey yam. Maybe my opinion will change on my next visit!
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60%
reneelim93 Reviewed by reneelim93 on May 28, 2013
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"Slightly overrated."

My friends and I were curious about the new craze in Singapore which is Blackball, so we decided to visit the outlet at Star Vista when we were passing by on a really hot day. My friends who had already tried it told me not to get the Blackball Signature as it had red beans, something I don't fancy. So i opted for the mix and match served cold and I chose Honey Yam, Pearls, Milk, Grass Jelly and Aiyu Jelly. The service was prompt but the lady wasn't very warm or welcoming, serving with a frown on her face. The seating area at Star Vista was really hot on that day, making the dessert extra satisfying. However, I couldn't understand the hype about Blackball as it tasted pleasant but not overwhelmingly good. The pearls, milk, grass jelly and aiyu jelly went together well but I didn't enjoy the texture of the honey yam. Maybe my opinion will change on my next visit!

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Average Spent Per Person:
6
Best Part:
Pearls
Branch Location:
Buona Vista
Recommend to Friend:
No
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Here comes the new craze, blackball or 'hei wan' like how the Chinese would call it. It originates from Taiwan, the place where the pearly bubble tea started. I guess the Taiwanese really love their black balls. For those of you who are not familiar as to what Blackball is, fret not, it is not a giant ball of tapioca pearl, nor is it a a bowl filled with black pearls. It is essentially a plate with a mixture of Chin Chow (grass jelly), tapioca pearls, and a wide variety of balls (red bean/sweet potato/yam) and you eat it together. You get to choose if you want it cold or icy, warm or hot. I would recommend the Blackball Signature in Cold. It is reasonably priced at $4.90 for a big bowl. I suggest sharing it as the starch could get overwhelming.

They not only have desserts, they also sell drinks which are a good way to have them if you are in a rush. I always frequent the outlet at Star Vista as they have nice al fresco seats that are nice to seat at during night time. It is too warm for day time enjoyment! If you haven't had Blackball, go ahead and try it. Ice Kachang can move aside for now... I much prefer the texture, play in colors and the overall taste of this dessert although the chewing could become tiring after a while.
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80%
Audrey Oh Reviewed by Audrey Oh on May 20, 2013
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"Move aside, ice kachang!"

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Here comes the new craze, blackball or 'hei wan' like how the Chinese would call it. It originates from Taiwan, the place where the pearly bubble tea started. I guess the Taiwanese really love their black balls. For those of you who are not familiar as to what Blackball is, fret not, it is not a giant ball of tapioca pearl, nor is it a a bowl filled with black pearls. It is essentially a plate with a mixture of Chin Chow (grass jelly), tapioca pearls, and a wide variety of balls (red bean/sweet potato/yam) and you eat it together. You get to choose if you want it cold or icy, warm or hot. I would recommend the Blackball Signature in Cold. It is reasonably priced at $4.90 for a big bowl. I suggest sharing it as the starch could get overwhelming.

They not only have desserts, they also sell drinks which are a good way to have them if you are in a rush. I always frequent the outlet at Star Vista as they have nice al fresco seats that are nice to seat at during night time. It is too warm for day time enjoyment! If you haven't had Blackball, go ahead and try it. Ice Kachang can move aside for now... I much prefer the texture, play in colors and the overall taste of this dessert although the chewing could become tiring after a while.

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Star Vista
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