Look at that triple scoop of baby pink ice cream.
The melting part at the top tells you that it’s creamy, and that each scoop is solid – your money’s worth.
You take a teaspoon and use it to halve one of the bubblegum-pink scoops.
You swallow as you bring that teaspoonful to your lips, anticipating the taste of –
But your eyes spot the weird garnish at the center, and the small dark red bits peeking through the light pink scoops.
Eekkk! Those are chili peppers!
You take smaller bites. Wise move.
It tastes good. The cream takes away most of the sting of the peppers (unless you bite into the chili bits), and leaves a nice tingle in your mouth. Your taste buds are tickled into having more.
That is not avocado ice cream, either.
It’s malunggay or moringa, a super nutritious vegetable (high in Vits. A and C, potassium, protein and calcium) that is also eaten by lactating mothers and is supposedly part of the power diet of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
Eating it is like having powdered malunggay leaves that were dissolved in cream.
Eat your dessert cum food supplement.
Like the chili ice cream, I found malunggay dessert at the Colonial Ice Cream shop in Albay province. Try the Bailey’s ice cream, too.
I’ve eaten wasabi ice cream, also, in a Japanese fast food outlet in Manila. Sorry, I had no camera at that time so I don’t have a photo.
Just imagine that it has a mint-green color, and that it’s smoking a bit.
A few teaspoonfuls would leave your chest and lungs feeling very cool, as if your smallest air sacs have been purged of the minutest obstructions faster than any cough remedy you’ve ever tried.
That is durian ice cream, not cheese.
Not everyone likes durian, the king of the fruits, a.k.a., the fruit that tastes like heaven but smells like hell, so this one might take time to consume.
I discovered the creamy and super compact unsweetened durian ice cream while visiting a trade fair at the World Trade Center in Metro Manila a few months ago.
After we ate this “smelly” ice cream, we went around the air-conditioned trade hall and talked to a lot of people. :))
It couldn’t possibly get any smellier than garlic, and that is my next goal – the garlic ice cream of the Ilocos region.
The Northern Philippines is famous for its garlic, with its small bulbs that have a very potent taste and smell.
We will see what the pungent, anti-vampire ice cream of the Ilocos provinces tastes like. >:)