It’s no surprise that we Malaysians love our ice-cream. In recent years, many artisanal ice cream parlours have been popping up all over the Kuala Lumpur and beyond. They serve several types of ice cream, including soft serves and Gelato.
The magic of these ice cream joints is that they create their own original flavours. Many of these are inspired by local dishes, condiments, desserts, fruits and more. Here are some locally inspired ice cream flavours and where you can find them:
1.Teh Tarik at Inside Scoop
You would never have guessed that the taste of one of Malaysia’s favourite beverages can be condensed into an ice cream flavour. However, you’ll find this rich, milk tea flavoured ice cream at Inside Scoop. They also serve a lot of other Malaysian favourites like Jackfruit and Durian.
Address: More than 20 outlets, check here for details
2. Nasi Lemak Gelato at Whimsical Gelateria
There’s been a trend lately to turn everything ‘nasi lemak’. This is why we have nasi lemak burgers, nasi lemak cheesecakes and even nasi lemak potato chips. At Whimsical, the nasi lemak gelato is a coconut flavoured base, with bits of crispy anchovies and spicy sambal woven in.
Address: D2-G3-05, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Daily, 11am-11pm
3. Pulut Tai Tai at Piccoli Lotti
If you’re a fan of nyonya kuihs, you have to stop by Piccoli Lotti for their Pulut Tai Tai gelato. In Peranakan households, Pulut Tai Tai is a well loved snack made of glutinous rice and is eaten dipped in kaya. This gelato version has bits of glutinous rice inside, as well as kaya. You can recognize it instantly from the streaks of blue, a typical feature of Peranakan kuih.
Address: 45 Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12.30pm-10.30pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays
4. Salted Egg Gelato at Waka Waka
The salted egg craze doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. If you’re curious how salted egg can be turned into ice cream, the place to go is Waka Waka. In addition to a generous scoop of salted egg gelato, you’ll get a topping of crispy salted egg potato chips.
Address: MAHSA University (JUC), Block B, Jalan Elmu off Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Mondays –Thurdays, 12.30pm-4pm; Fridays –Sundays, 12.30pm-10pm
5. Watermelon Lychee at Joy St.
As far as any Malaysian can remember, they were drinking Lychee juice from boxes from the time they could walk. Lychee and watermelon are two fruits that Joy St. has combined together for a refreshing and soothing gelato. Their shop serves vegan gelato, which is truly rare and one of a kind.
Address: 6B, Ground Floor, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 8.30am to 11.45pm. Closed on Mondays
6. Chili, Ginger and Lemongrass at Jersey Jack
We imagine that this is one combination that’s bound to be out of this world. The spiciness of chilli is melded together with the tanginess of lemongrass and ginger for something that’s possibly closer to Tom Yam than anything. The only way to know how this tastes like is to actually try it.
Address: 49 Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays,11am to 10pm. Closed on Mondays
7. Pandan Gula Melaka at Kind Kones
Kind Kones is more than an ice cream shop. It’s actually a full restaurant serving vegan and vegetarian food. As such, their gelato is vegan too. You’ll want to try their Pandan Gula Melaka gelato made with freshly extracted pandan juice and swirls of palm sugar.
Address: Multiple outlets, refer here for individual address
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