Friday, July 14, 2006

Fancy a Guilt-free Ice Cream...?

Bugis Junction Food Street, B1
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6333-8458

I was at Takashimaya last weekend and they were having a Food Fest in the Atrium. So...where there's food, you'll get the crowds! Much like what honey does to bees! There were loads of foodstuff available to satisfy all palates...well...almost!! I was dying for something cold when I came across this little corner kiosk selling soft-serve ice cream. This is no ordinary ice cream judging from the very long queue of people waiting patiently to get their hands on one. I thought to can't be that bad with that long queue of people waiting. I later found out that this is Uzumaki Soft Serve Ice Cream from Japan. It claims that it is packed full of goodness like antioxidants, vitamins and cleansing properties and contains almost no fat. It comes in eight flavour variants which include Matcha, Wasabi, Azuki, Sesame, Chocolate & Chip, Blueberry, Tencha Matcha & Seaweed Wasabi. And so I stood in line and waited patiently in the queue for my ice cream. A full 10 minutes of waiting before I came to the top of the queue...during that excruciating 10 minutes I was torn between a choice of either their popular green tea variant or the more exciting and palate challenging wasabi variant. I went the conservative way and decided against the risks. Unlike conventional soft-serves, this was dispensed in an one-shot dispenser. This is a British-patented machine that presses out oodles from pre-packed cups instead of the usual powder and liquid mix. Not only healthy, it is sterile - the ice-cream community made a big deal of this technology when it debuted in 1996. I had mixed reactions when I received my very 'safe' Matcha Ice Cream. At $4.00 a serve, I was expecting a monster of an ice cream but what greeted me instead was a meek-looking, kermit-the-frog green swirl of 'spongey' glob that was weak on substance, taste and texture. Given a choice, I would have preferred it with a stronger matcha flavour and a denser texture similar to premium ice creams. But...that's just my two cents worth! Try it out for yourself and be your own judge.

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