Lucky for us then that homegrown Malaysian ice cream has in recent years experienced a boom, resulting in a spread of locally based companies across the Klang Valley that serve up their own unique versions of the delectable dessert, from classic flavours to avant-garde combinations. Here are a few that will rocky road your world.
It’s all about authentic French style ice cream here, and founder Cheam Tat Wei insists on using nothing but top-of-the-line ingredients like Valrhona chocolate, Madagascan vanilla and Elle & Vire butter. Decadently rich salted caramel (the top seller), delicately light yuzu umeshu and fine-blended green tea are among the flavours you’ll find at Forty Licks, and each spoonful is pure bliss. Whichever one you choose, chances are it’ll be gone in forty licks or less! Find them at various cafes, restaurants and pop-ups – check out their website for more information.
TEL 018 383 1840
The Last Polka
Dedicated to dolloping out iconic Malaysian flavours (occasionally some on the experimental side) The Last Polka was born out of a desire to relive and recreate memories through taste and texture. From Pandan Kaya and Salted Gula Melaka, to The Tarik and Horlicks, you get a true taste of Malaysia here and it’s all pretty fabulous. More classically based flavours come in the form of Rum & Raisin, Deep Dark Chocolate and the oh-so-good Strawberry Cream Cheese. You’ll find The Last Polka at various outlets all over the Klang Valley.
The Last Polka
TEL 012 220 9040
If you’re partial to ice lollies, you’ll want to try Pops Malaya. The brainchild of Yasmin Karim and Zuraini Zulkifli, these fruity pops contain only the freshest fruits and natural ingredients, making them the choice for the health-conscious. Many of the frosty sticks, including Strawberry Melon, Mango Peach, Pineapple Passionfruit and Dragonfruit Berry, contain less calories than an apple! You’ll find Pops Malaya at Kedai Mesra Petronas outlets, Lulu Hypermarket at Capsquare, RedTick Supermarket in Puchong, North Kiara at Cyberjaya and Parkson Foodpark.
TEL 019 570 2107
Taking Malaysia’s obsession with coconuts to refreshing heights is Sangkaya, a brand that sets itself apart by using coconut milk in place of the usual dairy, cream and egg as the base. Go for the signature four scoop in a fresh coconut half-shell and top it off with roasted peanuts, sweet corn, Nestum cereal or kidney beans. Alternatively, try the Cha Yen (Thai milk tea, sweet and velvety) flavour or even a coconut Cendol. It’s all delicious. Sangkaya outlets are located all throughout the country, check out their website for locations.
TEL 03 8938 9889
Proceed for more frozen goodness with part two of The Ice Cream Scene!