With soft serve ice cream turning out to be this year’s food phenomenon in the Klang Valley (goodbye to cupcakes and bubble tea) we tried out the city’s various offerings on the search for the creamiest and most delicious of them all. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. So which soft serve won our hearts, and which left us feeling cold? Scroll down for the results.
It’s a popular treat for long-suffering kids (and adults) after a long day of shopping. But how does it measure up to the competition? Price wise, you can’t beat it: a cone costs just RM0.80. You get a token for a machine that will fill the cone with ice cream – a process which is a little messy, since the paper holder for the cone is likely to come off as you retrieve it. The ice cream itself is a little too gloopy, and the vanilla flavour tastes artificial. It’s basically the ice cream equivalent of the mushroom soup served in the canteen upstairs. However, the cone itself is the best part: light, crisp and just the right amount of sweet. Price: RM0.80.
Flavour Options: 1/5
The premium organic soft-serve ice-cream comes in 12 different toppings that vary from the regular Milky Way, which is without any toppings, to Green Light, which is topped with almond flakes and green mint syrup, to Cookies and Cream with Oreo crumbs (pictured). However, the soft serve itself only comes in milk flavour: the taste is a little too overwhelmingly milky on its own, but the toppings neutralize the taste. The texture is decently balanced, but at this price, we expected more. Price range: RM8.50 to RM13.50.
Flavour Options: 3.5/5
One of the most popular (and Instagrammed) soft serve joints, this cheerful outlet is just a few steps away from Village Park. Full house at 9pm on a Wednesday is rare and can only mean one thing – business is good! Here, the soft serve is more precisely soft gelato, so the texture is a little lighter. My cup of salted caramel soft serve was appealing and strong in flavour, but became a little overwhelming towards the end as the saltiness really comes through. However, the cheesecake cubes topping helped balance this with additional sweetness. Price range: RM9 – RM10 excluding toppings.
Flavour Options: 5/5
Score: 3.7/5 – RECOMMENDED
Red Kettle is a new cafe in Taman Bukit Desa with an emphasis on home made food and a pork-heavy menu. Aside from that, they also have soft serve in two flavours, vanilla and chocolate. The ice-creams are served in cones with a serviette wrapped around to prevent sticky fingers as the ice-creams melt really fast. Taste-wise, it did not impart a cloyingly heavy milk taste and was rather light, while the price was reasonable for a café setting. Price range: RM4.00 for vanilla, RM4.80 for chocolate.
Flavour range: 2/5
Score: 3.1/5 – RECOMMENDED
Softsrve offers two main flavors of ice cream, cereal milk and chocolate, along with a number of decadent toppings like cotton candy, honey chips and even churros. The cereal milk flavor is apparently made fresh everyday, with milk that has been flavoured with real cereal and is a welcome change from the standard vanilla. When it comes to texture, the perfectly soft yet thick consistency that is able to remain stable and not melt too quickly. Presentation is memorable, as each cup is served in another cup filled with dry ice, creating a gust of chilly steam as its being served. Price range: from RM8, excluding toppings.
Flavour range: 5/5
Score: 4.2/5 – WINNER. Congratulations, Softsrve!
Reviews by Ling Low, Lyn Ong, Dhabitah Zainal, Syahir Ashri and Tyler Lim.
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