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KL's best ice creams and desserts

The best cool treats and desserts in the city and where to get them

Featuring customisable ice cream, alluring parfaits and nostalgic sundaes – these are the latest scoops in the city to keep you cool.

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Fatbaby
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1/13

Fatbaby

Get Stuffed, RM40 
As if four scoops of ice cream sandwiched between two large waffles weren’t enough, this masterpiece by Fatbaby is also topped with an extra scoop of ice cream, sliced bananas, and drizzled with salted caramel to make this worthy of skipping your traditional brunch fry-up so you can enjoy it to the last spoonful – and trust us, you would want to. The waffles are super crispy yet fluffy on the inside, and manage to keep their crispiness even after most of the ice cream has melted (so no soggy waffles). If you don’t know which five ice cream flavours to pick, go for these: salted caramel, Earl Grey, cornflakes, peanut butter brownie and honey comb.

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Subang
Aboong Malaysia
2/13

Aboong Malaysia

Signature Aboong with custard, from RM10

If you’ve always wanted to have waffles with ice cream on the go, Aboong is your answer. The waffle (slightly crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside) is made to order, with a dollop of either red bean, custard cream or Nutella as the base, then filled with the yoghurt soft serve of your choice (we had red bean and the seasonal mango flavour) for a surprisingly delicious package. Toppings include Nestum flakes, chocolate drizzle and mixed fruit skewers dipped in chocolate fondue.

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Subang
Inside Scoop
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3/13

Inside Scoop

Valrhona and mango lassi ice cream with waffles, from RM13.80
If you’ve demoted your ice cream-eating experience to just scooping out of a biscuit cone, you’re doing it wrong. The only way to do Inside Scoop’s Valrhona ice cream justice is to plonk it on deep-pocketed Belgian waffles and drizzle them generously with chocolate sauce. Airy, fluffy and crispy – you’ve probably heard of these hackneyed descriptions of a perfect waffle a hundred times. But we never get tired of this comforting, sure-win creation. Ask for at least two scoops of ice cream – you’ll thank us for it.

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Bangsar
Bean Reserve
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4/13

Bean Reserve

Cereal milk soft serve, RM8
So what’s better than milk? Cereal milk – in ice cream form no less. Get the whole breakfast treatment with a cup of Bean Reserve's signature cereal milk soft serve, kept simple with only cornflakes for toppings. If you want coffee in your ice cream, they do a pretty good affogato soft serve too, and occasionally serves chocolate and espresso flavours.

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Bangsar
Nana's Green Tea
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5/13

Nana's Green Tea

Matcha shiratama parfait, RM18.80
Matcha enthusiasts will love the photogenic Matcha Shiratama Parfait at Nana’s Green Tea. It starts off with kanten seaweed jelly as the base and is built with vanilla soft serve. A layer of corn flakes is added, which is then topped with a scoop of finely milled pastel green matcha ice cream, adzuki paste, whipped cream and glutinous rice balls. Lastly, matcha syrup made from premium uji matcha is drizzled over the whole creation. The dark green matcha takes on a pastel hue when mixed together with the whipped cream and soft serve.

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Mid Valley City
Morelli's Gelato
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6/13

Morelli's Gelato

Berry pavlova sundae, RM35
For a sundae that meets your childhood aspirations, Morelli’s Gelato fits the bill with gelatos that are made from scratch daily. Their sundaes are placed in the -15C blast freezer after every layer is added to ensure it retains its shape and temperature. The Berry Pavlova, a concoction of wildberry sorbet, raspberry yoghurt, soft vanilla gelato with raspberry coulis, meringues and seasonal berries, is one that stands out. Adults can go for Baileys, a satisfying sundae made from hazelnut gelato and chocolate sauce, served with a single shot of Bailey’s liqueur in a chocolate cup. 

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Bangsar
OW:L Espresso
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7/13

OW:L Espresso

Affogato bingsu, from RM14
You’ve had the local ABC but this Korean shaved ice (bingsu) is a lot fancier. Vanilla ice cream doused with a shot of espresso tastes much better when it’s perched on a mound of ice. Just when you think the coffee and vanilla ice cream combo starts to get a bit bitter, the other components in the bingsu – red beans, condensed milk and chopped almonds – sweeten the deal. The café also whips up daring flavours like the Yogurt & Fruits bingsu, topped with diced watermelon, strawberry, mango, pineapple, blueberry, grapes and house-made dragon fruit syrup.

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Subang
Pops Malaya
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8/13

Pops Malaya

RM3 each 

Beat the heat with frozen fruit juice on a stick. Yasmin at Pops Malaya makes the most delicious popsicles with actual fruit juices, sweetened with organic cane sugar. Try the watermelon and lychee, orange with dried apricot, or chewy chocolate. 
Available at various locations including Pickle & Fig and PCLO Café

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Finespun Ice Cream
9/13

Finespun Ice Cream

From RM7.50 per tub 
While we know our Last Polka, Fatbaby, Forty Licks, Cielo Dolci and Inside Scoop, the name Finespun might not ring a bell just yet. This newcomer has been weaving its way into the scene at various festivals, bazaars and performing arts events, and now you can get them from selected cafés in town. Their flavours are unconventional but none too bizarre, including Lavender & Kaya, Salted Butter Caramel with Kuih Karas, and Brown Bread. 
Available at Lorem IpsumDR.inc and Roast & Grind.

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Thirty Seconds
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10/13

Thirty Seconds

Shamaziin ice cream sandwich, RM9
If you’re a fan of roti ais krim (who isn’t?), you’ll want to sink your teeth into the ice cream sandwich at the family-run café, Thirty Seconds. Sandwiched between two crusty buns is a scoop of Shamaziin ice cream, an artisanal product by independent ice cream maker, Shaun Liew. There are only two flavours at the moment (Horlicks Maltesers and Peanut Butter Milo) but we suggest you kick things up a notch by opting for a charcoal bun. Weight watchers be warned: the ice cream sandwich also comes with a side of French fries.

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Damansara
Three Little Birds
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11/13

Three Little Birds

Nutella pao with coconut ice cream affogato, RM18
It is what it is: Two Chinese steamed buns filled with oozing Nutella, served with a scoop of The Last Polka’s coconut ice cream on the side that’s topped with a shot of hot espresso. This dessert is darling, playing off texture and temperature; in its sweetness, the pao is balanced by the bitterness of the coffee and the cold, swirling ice cream. 
Available only on weekends.

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Sentul
TBF
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12/13

TBF

Oreo garden, RM18
How about a potted plant dessert? We take it from the top: Crushed cookie crumbs, garnished with almonds and rosemary; then, dig a little deeper for a luscious layer of cream, chocolate lava and vanilla ice cream; and finally, your reward is a level of chocolate chunks buried at the bottom. All in all, it’s a rewarding dessert – you think you’re digging into a bowlful of dirt, but it’s a surprising sweet and sour wonder.

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Kota Damansara
Magnum Kuala Lumpur
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13/13

Magnum Kuala Lumpur

Customised Magnums, RM9.90 each
Luscious vanilla ice cream coated with a layer of chocolate that cracks like eggshells – it’s an affectionate feeling you’ll never forget as a child. But Magnum is making the experience even more personal, allowing you to customise your dessert with various toppings: go traditional (chocolate ice cream with chopped pistachio) or experimental (chilli flakes and sea salt). Our pimped-up version of a vanilla Magnum is liberally anointed with rose petals and goji berries – both swathed with aggressive aromas that punch you in the throat but linger on like a delicious garden on your tongues. It’s a pretty good mash-up worth singing praises about. 

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Mid Valley City

More treats to cool off

Battery Acid Club

Bottled coffee and juices, from RM10
We’d love a cold cuppa any day. At Battery Acid Club, co-founder and barista Aaron (formerly of Butter + Beans and Artisan Roast) trots out honey-infused coffee as well as a line of ‘creative’ juices in bottles. Reflecting the founder’s love for design and architecture, each flavour is named after a designer: Vignelli (orange, pink guava and strawberry), Corbusier (apple and grapefruit) and Rams (orange, mango and pineapple). Hold on to the bottle when you’re done – there are snippets of each designer’s work on the label.

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Damansara

Kedai Kopi Khoong

Tong sui, RM2 each
This dessert stall does not have a name, usually referred to as the tong sui stall at Kedai Kopi Khoong. Serving Teluk Intan chee cheong fun, yau char kway, and most importantly, gently bubbling pots of tong sui, this establishment has been providing tea break options to the folks of Sea Park for more than a decade. On the menu: fu chuk gingko barley, mak chuk with corn, red bean soup, mung bean soup and bubur cha cha.

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SEA Park

Cold brew coffee

A spin-off of the regular iced coffee, the cold brew trend has the industry clamouring for the title of 'the best'. And just like a steaming cup of foamy latte with a panda etched on top, the cold brew process is complex. 

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By: Surekha Ragavan
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Comments

3 comments
Mary M

They forgot about banana ice-cream! What a divine thing, should I say! It's made of just 2 ingridients - bananas and... I won't reveal the secret!) If you really want to try that lovely dessert, visit http://foodjj.com/ and cook it yourself! It's really easy and worthy! Good luck!)

Yu Ke J

Thirty Second's ice-cream and fries seems nice?? :)) For potato fans, oc.