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No chocolate, strawberry or vanilla here,
check out these local (Singapurian) ice cream inspirations

By K F Seetoh
October 22, 2007

THERE was an era, not too long ago, when western-sounding ice cream brands came a-calling with their vanilla, chocolate and strawberry scoops of cold pleasures.

Then, somebody decided to turn durian and red bean into ice lollies and suddenly, these iced creamy delights had a local character that we associated with.

Chempedak, jagong (sweet corn), bananas and coconut followed.

It stood out. People loved it.

Then they got bored and it was back to fancy international flavours that came in fancier names (although it was pretty much the same stuff) like Chunky Monkey and Nut Brittles or Extremecocos (I made the last name up, but you know it's the same song!)

Today, a new flood of ice cream-preneurs are humming to a brand new beat from their locally-inspired imagination.

Island Creamery
10, Jln Serene
#01-05 Serene Centre
Tel: 6468 8859

Regarded as the pioneer of modern-generation local ice cream-preneurs, Mr Stanley Kwok set up his ice cream dream machine in 2003 after studying the craft and slogging in a ice cream parlour in the US.

He returned and knew local flavours were the way to go and started small. He experimented with many flavours, some stunning, some flops, some seasonal stuff like pineapple tarts ice cream.

His one all-time favourite, which he 'can never seem to make enough of', is the Pulot Hitam ice cream.

It's rich, coconut-ty and dotted with soft and chewy black glutinous grains. Close your eyes and it's almost like having the real thing you left in the fridge last night.

His other killer applications are the Chendol and Tiger Beer sorbets. His Teh Tarik is so popular, he patented it.

Daily Scoop
41, Sunset Way
#01-04 Sunset Arcade
Tel: 6463 3365

Australian ice cream school-trained MsMelissa Phey is the most imaginative of the lot.

Besides the usual local flavours, she touts Brandied Figs and Honey, So Berry Cheez and a fragrant Earl Grey ice cream.

And one of her top sellers is (no, it's not a mistake) Chocolate Chilli.

It is very chocolate-y without the cloying sweetness.

The first time I bit into it, I thought that it was some hoax till the counter staff patiently smiled, counted to 10, and went 'it should hit you about now'.

The chilli padi juice hijacked my mouth for a cool 10 seconds.

If you think that's appealingly weird, then try her Lime and Black Pepper ice cream and I'll say no more.

Delightfully incredible comes to mind (do call to check if it's available for that day).

8, Sin Ming Road.
#01-03, Sin Ming Centre
Tel 6455 7585

Mr Tan Yong Soon and his fiancee MsRoh Lin, on a whim, decided to sell ice cream.

So they set up a humble pink outlet in the ulu Upper Thomson Road boondocks after an ice cream making stint in the same school that MsPhey went to.

Their arrestingly-delicious Horlicks ice cream is pleasantly folded in with crushed Maltesers chocolate with crunchy malt centres.

And while it is not extremely local, their Peanut and Snickers creation is very rich. Very very rich.

Then again, if you are going to sin, do it properly!
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