THE SPEAK! TEAM PICKS THE FOUR BEST ICE CREAM TREATS IN TOWN.
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
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.
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