Friday, April 27, 2012

Mado Ice Cream @ Bukit Bintang

Mado might thaw the hearts of city dwellers seeking cold comfort amid the afternoon heat and others intrigued by this cafe's inimitable inventory of ice cream.

"Dondurma" is Mado's specialty _ ice cream originating from the Turkish region of Maras, made of goat's milk and "salep," a flour obtained from the tuber of mountainside orchids.

Flavors include pumpkin, fig, persimmon and pomegranate, all supposedly natural, formed with real fruits and plants. Might be an acquired taste, far less saccharine than most ice cream, with a fascinatingly chewy-sticky texture that's worth trying at least once.

Kazandibi _ caramelized milk pudding, a chilled confection of wobbliness, shouldering more Turkish ice cream. Another fun fact about the dondurma: it melts very, very slowly.

Kunefe, a hearty traditional dessert wrapped in kataifi pastry, topped with crushed pistachio, filled with mozzarella-like halloumi cheese and served with pistachio ice cream.

Handmade baklava and sarma pastries, showered with chopped walnuts and honeyed and sugared to a system-shocking extent, accompanied by ice cream slices known as "kesme," a denser version of dondurma that some recommend eating with forks and knives.

Supangle _ sponge cake layered with ultra-creamy chocolate mousse and ice cream. Sumptuous, but must be shared; the portion isn't massive, but it's too rich for one person.

Complimentary kitchen-made lemonade at the end of the meal, gently tangy.

Service is speedy and smothered in smiles. Note though that tables are limited.

Mado Asia Cafe,
Jalan Bukit Bintang (intersection with Jalan Sultan Ismail), Kuala Lumpur.
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29 comments:

  1. Interesting array of desserts! I've only tried Turkish ice cream once but I thought it was rather nice (esp liked the way it was served by the man and his long stick)

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh ya, i was looking at the Wikipedia entry for how Turkish ice cream is traditionally served! it seems like a fun way to enjoy ice cream :D

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  2. Turkish ice cream....
    Is it those turkish seller tat use to play trick on d ppl?
    I never tried.....

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    1. Simple Person: oh yes, i think that's how they do it in Turkey (according to what i've read online). but even though the serving style here is different, supposedly the taste and texture of the ice cream here is still the same, since the cafe's original outlets are in Turkey :D

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  3. how much is it roughly?

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    1. Mia: the platters are on the pricey side, with each one costing around RM20 or more. but i think the ice cream cones you can get from their kiosk at the front of the cafe will be cheaper =)

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  4. More ice creams!!
    But important question, low fat or not?? :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, they have ONE low-fat option, but i didn't sample it :D

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  5. Ooh desserts. my panda would go gaga over them!

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    1. Michelle: hope your panda gets to pay a visit here someday! :D

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  6. Interesting! Cheese with ice-cream! I've always find middle eastern dessert (including Greek!) very sweet. But I bet that the halloumi would have balanced that nicely!!

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    1. Vien: yeah, i do wonder how they can tolerate such super-sugary pastries on a regular basis! their monthly consumption of sugar could easily be double of ours in asia. but yeah, the cheese is nice. creamy-soft and mild-tasting :D

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  7. Hey...are ice-cream cakes available here?

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    1. Ulric: nopes, unfortunately no ice cream cakes. maybe it's not part of the turkish culture, heh =)

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  8. Nice! I haven't been to the BB area for ages. It's usually Changkat BB at night but not BB itself.

    I should go and try the ice cream one of these days. :)

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    1. Huai Bin: yeah, it might be fun to just park at Lot 10 and stroll around the intersection. and since it's not the holiday season for middle easterners yet, the area is quite peaceful and not too crowded on weeknights :D

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  9. Seems to be than just your usual ice cream shop. Lots of interesting pieces there.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, it's definitely a nice addition to all the gelato, fro-yo and other chilled dessert outlets in KL :D

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  10. ice creams. doesn't matter whether the weather is hot or cold, ice cream is always perfect:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: you're so right! actually i love eating ice cream in cold weather. munching on ice cream on cameron highlands is one of my favorite things to do, heheh :D

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  11. "A flour obtained from the tuber of mountainside orchids" - wah, so poetic the description. I wonder if it tasted poetic too... hehe.

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    1. Kenny: heheh, well, i'll answer from a down-to-earth perspective. i couldn't exactly taste orchids or a mountainside in the ice cream :D

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  12. Wow, this place looks nice, and so many new names to me. I missed baklava though, good to know that I can find them in KL too. =)

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    1. Eat Only Lar: oh yeah, most of the dessert names here are pretty much alien to me too! Hopefully we'll see them offered at more outlets in the years to come :D

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  13. Ohh the Supangle definitely looks tempting.. I think I can finish it on my own! Especially when it's one of those days, if you know what I mean :P

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    1. Iamthewitch: i think i know what you mean! i've been having many of those days lately, when i need some supangle to sweeten my sorrows! :D

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  14. I think the lemonade must have been a digestive?

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    1. Eiling: it was for my friend who doesn't drink :D

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