Kuching 2013 - Cloud99 Ice Cream
It is always good to see people trying new things in the Kuching Food Scene. One recent addition which has drummed up a lot of excitement is an ice cream shop cutely named Cloud99. It is located at the Jalan Song Commercial Centre - in the Tabuan Jaya housing estate.
What's different about Cloud99 is that they make the ice cream to order. You choose the flavour, and they pour the mix into a mixer together with liquid nitrogen. After a few minutes of blending the mixture becomes ice cream right in front of your eyes.
I ordered the caramel and vanilla flavour. As there were no other customers around, the ice cream was prepared and served in a matter of minutes. I was expecting something rich and creamy - sadly the texture of the ice cream was more icy then creamy. It was more like a sorbet, and for some reason it was very soft and runny and started to melt very fast.
I checked online and it seems the idea of making ice cream with liquid nitrogen is a sound one. As the ice cream is made to order - it doesn't need stabilizers, emulsifiers or even egg yolks. You should get the pure flavour ingredients with just cream and milk, and should taste awesome ! I think Cloud99 have some issues to iron out before it becomes the premium ice cream shop that it wants to be. The concept is a good one, but the end product need lots of improvement.