Being plagued by work five days a week, and more than 8 hours a day, having a day off seems like a godsend. Though difficult, Adam and I try to plan our annual leaves together (well, I'll admit I'm more stingy with my annual leaves cause I have to set them aside for study leave as well - but Adam is accommodating and sweet about it, thankfully :)) and usually on the agenda, is to laze around. Well, that, and eat. :p
Having not been too entirely pleased with our experience at EAT Food Village for lunch, we decided to head back to SS2 to buy a couple of DVDs and spend the rest of the day at my place with a movie or two when we decided to stop by Ice Bowl down the road to escape the scorching heat for a cold treat.
The menu seems pretty similar to what you get with Snowflake; Taiwanese desserts comprising of flavoured ice or sweet broth (if you like your desserts hot), coupled with several toppings like grass jelly, red beans, and yam or sweet potato flavoured glutinous balls. However, there does seem to be a lot more creative freedom over here at Ice Bowl as the menu gives you a lot of mixing 'n matching options!
|My dessert in the making!|
A brand-spanking new UFO, that lights up to indicate that your order is ready, is provided to you upon order, similar to Snowflake and other Taiwanese dessert outlets. I'm not sure what the crowd is like during nights/weekends, but we were the only ones waiting so our UFO blinked and vibrated in a jiffy. :p
Adam is no fan of Asian-esque deseserts so he had a Pearl Milk Tea. Nothing to shout about, the pearls weren't soft, and the milk tea quite bland.
And since this ain't his cup of tea, we could only try one type or else it would be too much. I had ordered the version similar to my Snowflake favourite; which is Ice Bowl's Set F (RM 6.90), a bowl of grass jelly flavoured ice topped with more grass jelly, taroballs and pearls.
|Thick & rich creamer is also provided!|
The verdict? Pretty impressive! Personally, I thought the grass jelly ice was far too coarse, especially when compared to Snowflake's finely shaved ice. But everything else was a winner! The topping of the grass jelly was silky yet with the right degree of firmness. My absolute favourite however, was the taroballs. Far softer than Snowflake's and ZenQ's, each piece was springy and possessed enough natural yam and sweet potato flavour. Adam agreed too!
Lots of seating is available, so this would actually be a pretty good yumcha place as well especially since the popular KTZ Desserts down the road is always packed. Also, if you're looking for a place other than mamaks or say, PappaRich.
Ice Bowl also promotes the usage of Safeggs in their desserts; they've got this caramel egg pudding that they serve with their desserts that's next on my Ice Bowl to-try list ;)
To sum it up, Ice Bowl is a place I would definitely return for those yummy taroballs! Definitely much nearer than any Snowflake branch, and best of all - no queues! However, it's in a quieter row in the SS2 Square, and competition seems to be rife with similar dessert shops sprouting up like mushrooms around SS2 itself - hang in there, Ice Bowl! :D
Ice BowlNo. 18, Jalan SS2/63,
47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: +6 03 7874 1088
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 1pm-12am