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Ra­gusa Ital­ian Ice cream

As I en­tered Ra­gusa, I could see why the place is so pop­u­lar. Open­ing in 1932, Ra­gusa has main­tained its orig­i­nal set­ting – old school decor with rat­tan arm­chairs and tons of old pho­tos hang­ing on the walls. For a GenYer like me, I didn’t feel nos­tal­gic – but at least it gave me insight as to what the 1930s might have felt like.

While wait­ing for spaghetti ice cream (Rp 35, 000), a busker was play­ing fa­mil­iar old songs that I really en­joyed. The fa­mous ice cream (no pasta is in­volved) ar­rived and my im­me­di­ate thought was they really nailed its pre­sen­ta­tion. Crushed peanuts and suc­cada gave the il­lu­sion of ground meat and chopped toma­toes, just like a mari­nara sauce, while the ice cream it­self was shaped like a spaghetti noo­dle.

As for tex­ture, it was al­most sor­bet-like, while the taste was a lit­tle too sweet for my lik­ing. How­ever, when com­bined crushed peanuts, the ice cream had an earthy for garnish only. When you come to Ra­gusa and or­der spaghetti ice cream, bring at least two friends with you, as my sis­ter and I were so +Ranika Ba­gun

Es Po­deng

The best thing about In­done­sia is the va­ri­ety of street food at ger­obak, or food carts.You can sim­ply call a street ven­dor to bring food to your car as you’re parked on the side of the street and enjoy sate, bakso or mie ayam in the car. But let’s talk about desserts. We’ve got es teler, es doger, es cam­pur, and my all-time fa­vorite, es po­deng. Noth­ing beats real home­made In­done­sian ice-cream. With pink jelly, black sticky rice and pieces of bread at the bot­tom, the ice cream is tweaked with av­o­cado, chocolate syrup and chocolate sprin­kles (you can add al­monds if you like). The va­ri­ety of top­pings gives the home­made ice cream a trop­i­cal feel.

es po­deng on the street or in restau­rants, my fa­vorite is sit­u­ated at Grand Lucky SCBD in the food court. I usu­ally come here with my mom and we have lunch es po­deng for dessert. With the weather al­ways hot, it’s a nice way to cool off. I like eat­ing here be­cause they serve es po­deng in a bowl in­stead of a tall cup, so I’m able to make sure the top­ping-to-ice-cream ra­tio stays the same.

+Kesya Ad­halia

Ron’s Lab­o­ra­tory

when this ice cream par­lor opened in 2014. Dec­o­rated to look like a chem­istry lab, the place is adorned with women and men who serve up your treats wear lab coats as a uni­form.

I had a cup of peanut but­ter and jelly ice cream. Since it’s called ni­tro­gen ice cream, I was hop­ing there would be a cloud of va­por or fog emerg­ing from the cup, but there wasn’t.

While I was about to scoop my ice cream, a wait­ress came over to me and of­fered free ni­tro­gen pop­corn – this one did have va­por com­ing out from its con­tainer. I found it quite bizarre to of­fer that kind of vari­a­tion on molec­u­lar gas­tron­omy, since liq­uid ni­tro­gen is typ­i­cally used to in­stantly freeze food and drinks.

Back to my dessert. The jelly looked like a red egg yolk, which I stirred into the ice cream. The end taste was salty, with touch of sweet­ness from the jelly. The crunchy nut-crum­ble added a

must-try al­ter­na­tives are: “Dark Vader” and red vel­vet gelato. +Dian Arthen

Jeju Ice Cream

I’m not a huge fan of ice cream, but that might have changed af­ter I found this unique “J” cone in Sum­mare­con Mall Ser­pong. If you like the taste of nu­tri­tious corn, just add some low-sugar ice cream and this will be heaven.

I had a good time talk­ing with the stand at­ten­dant while he served my vanilla and green tea ice cream, telling me how the owner of the store was in­spired by a visit to South Korea a few years back. His idea was to in­tro­duce ice cream from Jeju Is­land be­cause of its unique taste and shape. Af­ter the at­ten­dant handed me the ice cream, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing that some­thing so good could be so in­ex­pen­sive. It was quite healthy ice cream.

First was the vanilla and green tea, not too sweet at all. I loved it. But the real tasti­ness came af­ter I tried the corn. What healthy. +Ja­son Lee

On the menu: Spaghetti ice cream Lo­ca­tion: Jl.Vet­eran I No. 10, Gam­bir, Jakarta Price: Rp. 35, 000

On the menu: Es po­deng

Lo­ca­tion: Grand Lucky, Sudirman SCBD Lot 12 Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53

Price: Rp. 15,000

On the menu: Peanut but­ter & jelly ice cream Lo­ca­tion: Grand In­done­sia Shop­ping Town West Mall 5th Price: Rp. 60,000

On the menu: Vanilla and green tea Lo­ca­tion: Sum­mare­con Mall Ser­pong 2 First Floor, Ser­pong, Tangerang Price: Rp 18,000

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