Sunday, January 13, 2013

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream @ N Brew, E@Curve

Cloudy with a chance of sweet success: Forecasting food trends might be a thankless science, but these swirling cryogenic mists wrought by liquid nitrogen technology to create super-smooth ice cream look certain to return the e@Curve mall to food-lovers' radars.

In a prelude to a complete cafe that'll launch at e@Curve within weeks, newbie business N Brew has opened a concourse booth where fresh ice cream mixes are flash frozen with liquid nitrogen, a process that takes mere minutes to produce soft, sumptuous desserts.

Friendly staff members in lab coats churn out fun flavors that include, subject to availability, watermelon, chocolate & nuts, popcorn, Oolong tea & more.

Nitro-ice cream has captivated customers everywhere from America to Australia; N Brew show-runner Peter Tan was inspired by a tasting in Sydney to bring this to his home country Malaysia, with plans to embark on more branches eventually in multiple malls.

Two can share a nine-ringgit cup; the texture is terrific, thanks to a lovely lushness.

The ice cream is made without stabilizers & must be eaten immediately.

Liquid N2 tanks. Too gimmicky? Not when the results taste so satisfyingly distinctive.

At E@Curve, customers can also check out EspressoLab's most recently opened outlet.
Entry on EspressoLab @ Solaris Dutamas: March 8, 2012. Gardens Mid Valley: June 12, 2012.

This branch offers cute homemade macarons, with flavors like green tea & salted caramel.

Chocolate & red velvet cakes are also available, perfect to partner with coffee.

Love EspressoLab's mocha, kinda like thick hot chocolate with a caffeinated hit.

Iced coffee with cassis monin syrup? Fans of Ribena might like the blackcurrant twist.

Ending with ice cream, EspressoLab's affogato is always admirable. Hey, maybe both N Brew & EspressoLab could team up sometime to create something spectacular.

NBrew & EspressoLab,
E@Curve, Mutiara Damansara.
NBrew's full-fledged cafe will open on the first floor, perhaps before mid-February.
NBrew currently opens around 11:30am-8:30pm daily.
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45 comments:

  1. I see my dinner right there for tonite.. heheheh! Happy Sunday Sean!

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, convenient, a very short drive from your home to e@curve! hope you enjoy it, yeah =)

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  2. Not to be nitpicky, but it's now ECurve - they dropped the "@" :P

    LOL.

    That said, I guess now I have some reason to go there in the future :)

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    1. Lifeasacynic: whaaat?! but i guess that's a sensible move, since ECurve takes less time to say out loud compared to e@Curve :D yeah, at RM9 per cup of really, really smooth ice cream, i think it's worth the trek there, heh =)

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  3. The way they make the icecream looks cool! Like doing experiment in lab, lol.

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    1. CK: heheh, yaaa, it's like these young scientists conducting strange experiments, with lots of smoke and fog. fun to watch, as long as nothing explodes! :D

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  4. Hi Sean,

    Thanks again for the mention.

    We are talking about collaboration with N Brew in the near future, and yes, the mgmt is rebranding the place as eCurve :-)

    Leong
    espressolab

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    1. Leong: thanks for the info. See you guys again soon at eCurve =)

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  5. The liquid nitrogen ice cream is pretty cool, but I've read somewhere that too much of it is no good for the body.

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, from what i understand, it's not toxic or unhealthy, but the warning that since liquid nitrogen is super-cold, we need to wait till it has completely evaporated before consuming any ice cream or beverages made with it =)

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    2. Baby Sumo: Yes, as long as the liquid nitrogen is fully evaporated, you are not consuming any of it. It works like a cooling agent to rapid freeze it in a few minutes!

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    3. Tan: thanks for the reassurance =)

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  6. i think i have tried this type of ice cream better in singapore. the only thing i like is, the customizable flavour for each cup of ice cream made there...

    Latest: Home of Giants

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    1. Fish: the makers of this ice cream get to be quite creative here! :D

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  7. I think I will have to skip the coffee unless I am headed there first thing in the morning. No harm with the ice cream though. I can sleep with lots of ice cream in my tummy!

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    1. Missyblurkit: the coffee here at espressolab is worth waking up early for, heheh :D and yeah, there's always room for ice cream right. it melts right in and fits happily in our tummies :D

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  8. Hi Sean,

    Thank you for the review/visit, we definitely will be collaborating with Espressolab in the near future! We will be launching many more new flavors to come! Xp

    Peter Tan
    NBREW


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    1. Peter: looking forward to the flavors and the espressolab collaboration =)

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  9. The ice-cream looks incredibly luscious...I think I m gonna try the popcorn and oolong tea...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: popcorn ice cream does sound like it could be quite addictive! and oolong tea ice cream could be calming :D

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  10. Looks good. Name sounds like one of those beauty products women put on their faces... LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, a catchy name. i didn't expect it to be a brand for gelato :D

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  11. I am impress on how they make the ice cream..
    this is technology..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, it's fun watching the gelato being prepared in front of us this way :D

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  12. Intriguing...is is a gimmick or does it make a noticeable difference?

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: ooh, there's definitely a discernible difference, essentially in the texture. smoother and softer than regular gelato :D

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  13. Fun fun fun! I love food with a show!

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, this would be a hit with kids of all ages! :D

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  14. I like the EspressoLab at The Curve better. I'll give N Brew a try when I'm at the curve for my hair appointment. That should be soon. :D

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: there's definitely a nice friendly vibe at the espressolab here :D i don't go to the curve very often, but now there's a reason for me too! =)

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  15. I'm such a regular at IPC but I haven't realized that the Curve has since welcomed some new tenants into the family. It's quite embarrassing for me. >.<

    Sean, I thought e@Curve is actually the former Cineleisure?

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    1. Waverly: ooh, u're right, this is at e@Curve, the former Cineleisure, not The Curve. heh, sorry for the confusion =)

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  16. ahh, nitrogen, the very thing diver avoids, but so useful on dry land. :D

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    1. KY: heheh, my science is very rusty, but nitrogen gases make up more than two-thirds of our surface atmosphere, rite. and ya, useful for ice cream-making, heh =)

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  17. Nitrogen ice cream?! All the chemistry equations come to mind...hehe..pretty interesting I see...

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i can barely recall my secondary school science anymore. but ya, luckily there are food scientists out there who'll create these gastronomic wonders like nitrogen gelato :D

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  18. Cool, like experiment lab, going to explode!lol

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, really fun to watch! :D

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  19. Finally! After watching so many episodes of Top Chef where they make liquid nitrogen ice cream, I can finally taste them. Hahaha. :)

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    1. Jeanette: hope it lives up to your expectations! yeah, it's cool that we can finally have this in malaysia =)

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  20. Fantastic Ice cream experimenting lab. The quality ice cream can be found here. Looking Yummy :p

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    1. Shariful: hope you enjoy it! =)

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  21. It is very important that the liquid nitrogen dewar’s inner vessel is completely cleaned with water and all cleaner remains are removed. Spraying the solution into the inner vessel is the best but agitation of the solution inside the inner is also tolerable.

    thanks a lot for sharing
    http://www.inoxindia.com/inoxindia/cryogenic-liquid-nitrogen-container.php

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  22. it is a nice post and nice food.of Liquid nitrogen should in no way be part of any liquid diet! Just touching it without protective gloves or clothing will cause a severe case of frostbite. Swallowing it is unthinkable, though some people do use it to make ice cream and other frozen desserts.

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  23. These articles and blogs are certainly sufficient for me personally for a day.

    Eliquid

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