Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Forty Licks Ice Cream & The Potong Artisan Pops

KL's ice cream scene keeps heating up: the future looks deliciously cool, thanks to a big freeze of budding brands that'll have customers chilling out with funky flavors.

A futsal-loving former management consultant might not seem like the likeliest candidate to make ice cream for the masses, but 26-year-old Tat Wei has spurned societal stereotypes, withdrawing from the white-collar world this year to chase a chocolate-laden vision encapsulated in his new Forty Licks enterprise.

Tat Wei has a long history with ice cream, first producing a disastrous version at a cooking class with an ex-girlfriend a decade ago. But there was no escaping ice cream throughout his five-year stay in London, which spawned indelible memories of egg-and-bacon ice cream at The Fat Duck and late-night salted caramel binges at Arbutus.

Forty Licks, its name inspired by The Rolling Stones hits CD (remember the stuck-out tongue?), emerged following months of experimentation in Tat Wei's family kitchen. Discarding dreams of liquid nitrogen ice cream (imagine a Malaysian incarnation of Chin Chin Laboratorists), Tat Wei settled for making handcrafted treats that range from a popcorn flavor with a sweet-savory sting to milk chocolate with sticky bits of peanut butter.

Sensuously smooth and fast-melting, distinguished by flavors both aggressive and indulgent (every two mouthfuls felt like an inch added to the waistline). Comparisons with The Last Polka are inevitable but unnecessary for this post. Forty Licks owes a debt to The Last Polka for blazing the trail in KL, but both deserve devoted fans.

Our favorite might be the honey ice cream, tasting like the best nectar a bee could collect, studded with bittersweet jewels of dark chocolate. Expect more eventually: possibles include eggnog ice cream for Christmas and pineapple tart for Chinese New Year. Prices are fair; we paid RM40 for a six-cup sampler.

Tat Wei has reveled in surprised reactions by customers who say his ice cream exceeds expectations. Deliveries are the main way to sample Forty Licks, but look for Tat Wei starting Sept. 9 at the Plaza Mont Kiara Sunday market. Forty Licks might soon also surface at several burger and coffee hangouts. Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/FortyLicksIceCream.

Also worth many licks: The Potong Artisan Pops, which many enjoyed at Jaya One's Food Bites in May. Now available at Bangsar Village's Wondermama and Section 17's Food Foundry.

We haven't met The Potong's founders, but their creations leave little doubt about their passion, leaving us feeling like six-year-olds in a kindergarten playground, sucking on sweet popsicles to keep our spirits high.

Nutella and coconut make for a fun mix, while mango, grapefruit and rose water combine for terrific tropical temptation. A booster shot of flavor and less of plain ice ensure that customers won't scream 'potong stim.'

Our recommendation: A&W classic root beer, vanilla cream and maraschino cherry. Chic-a-cherry cola, I want you, indeed!

To wash everything down: Wondermama's 7-Up and kumquat fizzy concoction.

Forty Licks Ice Cream & The Potong Artisan Pops.
Consumed at Wondermama, Bangsar Village, Kuala Lumpur.
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48 comments:

  1. I SEE PEANUT BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHA There's an ice cream shop here that has peanut butter & jelly ice cream!! and they named it Obamarama :P
    I've always wanted to make my own ice cream.. Something like cinnamon
    roll would be nice :D

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    1. Vien: omigosh, i'm not a major fan of peanut butter, but i really like peanut butter WITH jelly (it reminds me of the goobers spread, which i've enjoyed since i was a kid). ermm, obamarama's a bizarre name though :D hopefully someday, you WILL make your own ice cream. i'm betting it's gonna be wild and it's gonna be great!!! :D

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    2. eanut butter sounds great..

      eggnog?i've never try eggnogg itself before...eggnog ice cream??wondering....

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    3. Cindy: it might be a nice flavor for a festive celebration :D

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  2. vien: are you talking about jocks!? i love them..

    tat wei was just tellin me he was going to meet up with you last night and voila this morning i read this, you are quick!

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    1. Joe: the ice cream was really nice, and some of the flavors were absolutely better than i had anticipated. wish i had some left over so i could eat a cup today! :D

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  3. I have some peanut butter one in my fridge! :P

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    1. CK: you are gonna love it, i think (i hope), heheh! :D

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  4. Ice cream all the way... I wanna give em forty licks too. But I'm sure they rather not

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    1. Qwazymonkey: haha, if you ask them politely, they might agree! but brush your teeth first :D

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  5. How did you get the ice cream to Wondermama? Is it being sold there?

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    1. Drops of Contentment: i arranged with tat wei to meet him and pick up the ice cream at wondermama that evening. the forty licks ice cream isn't sold there, but the potong is :D

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  6. oo, I shall look out for the stall at the Sunday market in Plaza MK. I've been craving ice cream. Is it as bursting with flavour as Cielo Dolci (my current standard for good frozen sweets)?

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    1. Footfringe: i might wanna pop by the market too at this rate! oh, the flavors are definitely strong, very vivid, though quite different from cielo dolci in terms of texture :D

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  7. wow, nice story on ice-creams. But what I liked about his concept is the simple packaging and unique flavours. Maybe the ex-girlfriend was ex because he made her eat his disastrous ice-cream creations everyday?

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, the uniqueness of the flavors is definitely one of the main selling points =) heh, i guess teenage couples break up for many reasons. and maybe ice cream could be a reason :P

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  8. Yayy...I'm gonna try some of Tat's icecream soon too!

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    1. Pureglutton: hope you like it very much too! it's a real pleasure :D

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  9. Ooya...the Honey with Dark Choc and Roasted White Choco sounds and looks interesting :D

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    1. Ulric: oh yeah, the roasted white chocolate is a surprise. it has something of a smokiness that makes it quite different from the regular white chocolate flavors :D

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    2. Ooo...I like smokiness...haha :D

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    3. Ulric: ya, a nice change from regular desserts =)

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  10. Haha maybe I should start an ice cream business too ;P

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, your children would be excellent taste testers for you (i trust their palate!) :D

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  11. These are new to me...
    I was drooling when I saw 'peanut butter'! =p

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    1. Melissa: hopefully, forty licks will become as well-known as the last polka someday. and yeah, that flavor is guaranteed to make peanut butter lovers happy! :D

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  12. Honey and chocolate ice cream! I'd say I'll be needing some sweets pretty soon to pick me up from the mid afternoon slump. Wish I could get a tub of this close by.

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, if only the calorie content wasn't so high, i'd wanna have ice cream every afternoon! and if i'm ever ordering from forty licks, the honey ice cream might be on the top of my wish list :D

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  13. Bah... Only if Forty Licks available on Plaza Mont Kiara Thursday night market too!

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    1. Chong: ooh, that's an idea! maybe you could suggest it to them on their facebook page :D

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    2. Hi Chong, I think if a petition is made to the Mont Kiara organisers, they might allow it! I am currently on the wait list for thursday

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  14. ahh!! Aku mauuuuuu try!!! ;DD sedap!! ^^

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  15. at first I was wonder what rolling stones gotta do with ice creams..
    the ice creams looks very smooth..

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, artistic inspiration :D but ya, some of the ice cream had melted in the end, but they still were very enjoyable =)

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  16. I see peanut butter! anything with peanut butter is,always good!

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    1. Missyblurkit: gosh, it feels like 80 percent of the population are peanut butter fans! heheh :D

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  17. Ahh..a wonderful preview from u Sean!
    Would try to catch them at the market to grab a few tubs...

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    1. TNG: thanks! ya, i do have a good feeling that you'll enjoy this ice cream, though hopefully there'll be tasting spoons at the market for you to test all the flavors so you can decide which one you like best =)

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  18. Ice Cream Delivery? That's a first for me, hehe. I'm guessing the cups are packed in dry ice or some other method to ensure it doesn't melt en-route in the heat of our weather?

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    1. Timing: heh, I'm not sure exactly, but he managed to get the ice cream to us in bangsar in perfectly edible condition. I think the ice cream might be rock-hard when he takes it out of his freezer =)

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    2. Hey Timing, I would only need dry ice when I am doing mulitple deliveries a night, in the case with Sean was that it was a pre-arranged meeting, so yeah, rock-hard when I left my house, so by the time I got there, it was perfect :)

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  19. Hey Sean, thanks for the amazing write up! Do come on by on the day of the market, I have some stuff installed for it! :)

    Glad you enjoyed the ice creams!

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    1. Tat Wei: sounds great, will try to drop by sometime on a sunny sunday! :D

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  20. I've tried The Potong's beer and lime one at Food Bites... not something I would like to repeat, as I already don't like the taste of beer. I can be such a masochist sometimes.

    Can't wait to try Forty Licks if I come across it - some of the flavours sound delicious.

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    1. Synical: heh, i'm not much of a beer-drinker myself, but i do wish the potong would make its alcoholic flavors available at wondermama or food foundry :D i think by the end of the year, there'll definitely be a few outlets that'll be selling forty licks =)

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  21. Nice to see the KL ice cream scene coming on! Yes, he will pick up some flack for looking similar to Last Polka (LOVE these girls!) but nice touch for the updated ais krim potong!

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    1. Hungry Female: oh yeah, i think the last polka doesn't need to worry, cos there's probably plenty of business in KL to sustain several good ice cream makers, heh. and yeah, maybe there'll be a resurgence in the popularity of ais krim potong too! :D

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