Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sangkaya Coconut Ice Cream @ Alor

Yet another Thai street-food treat is set to make its Malaysian breakthrough this year: Independent newbie Sangkaya Creamery is bringing locally made, Chatuchak-influenced coconut ice cream to the sultry streets of KL, hoping to lure the kind of long lines that have blessed the similarly Bangkok-inspired Boat Noodle.

We visited Sangkaya's first stand on Jalan Alor in early June; in the weeks since then, our helpful, trusty spies have spotted these stalls in guerilla-style pop-ups & night bazaars all over town, from Bangsar to Damansara Heights to Jalan Gasing, Cheras to Sri Petaling to SS2. But the only place to find them nightly for now is along Jalan Alor (more on the exact location in awhile).

The menu is kept short, simple & wallet-pleasing: Splurge on the Signature (RM7.90) for Sangkaya in its full, four-scoop glory.

Sangkaya has been relatively low-profile so far, but expect these half-shell pleasures to pop up eventually on your timelines. Filled with ice cream made with coconut milk instead of cow's milk, it's exactly what most folks might want coconut ice cream to taste like. Coconuts, totally transformed into ice cream, with a clean & clear flavour.

Texturally persuasive too _ not as smooth as, say, gelato, but still richer than sorbets, cushioned thickly with coconut flakes to form the perfect partnership for an evening's refreshment.

Basic toppings of roasted peanuts, sweet corn, Nestum cereal & kidney beans won't steal the show from the star attraction. We hope that other options _ attap chee, sticky rice & more _ will be offered once the brand matures.

Tip: Remember to specifically request the coconut husk. The first time we ordered, we received a plain cup instead.

Teh tarik ice cream is also available at the Alor location. Not bad, but not the real reason to head here.

Look for Sangkaya midway through the street, opposite Restoran Beh Brothers. It operates every evening, 6pm-1am.

Sangkaya Co
Jalan Alor in Kuala Lumpur nightly. And pretty much everywhere else on occasion. 


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20 comments:

  1. Very cool, Sean, and I love how you incorporated some cars into your photos. :)

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    1. Linda: thanks, linda, 'cool' is appropriate in every way to describe this ice cream, yeah.

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  2. OMG! We have sooo much of these coconut ice cream whenever we go to Thailand! :)

    It's nice how every vendor there has their own special touch and it's good to see it's in Jalan Alor. I can imagine it becoming a food trend as well.

    Dude, I gotta ask, how do you find all these cool new places to eat all the time?

    BTW, great work with EatDrink, I'm going to go check it out! Keep fighting the good fight!

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    1. Huai Bin: yay, now there's no need to travel to thailand for these treats, though it'll be interesting to see whether you enjoy Sangkaya as much as you enjoy the thai ice cream :) heh, it can be hard work, but it's worth it :) thanks for all the positive vibes :)

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  3. Ahhhh!!!! Finally you are promoting this. My nephew is in that venture but I feel the promotion is rather lacking. Bet many has never heard about it or seen it...especially at Jalan Alor - not a place the locals would frequent, I'm sure. I blogged about it myself here:
    http://suituapui.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/coconut/

    Incidentally, it has been revealed that coconut has a whole lot of health benefits. We have been misled by those anti-tropical oils people in the US.

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    1. Suituapui: that's a nice coincidence. yeah, maybe you could nudge your nephew to step up on publicity efforts... or maybe he has a master plan in store for the future. sangkaya ice cream has the potential to become a major hit, and it has the thai-style coconut ice cream market mostly to its own for now :)

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  4. Yummo! I love coconut ice cream. I like that natural serving container way better than the plastic one.

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, the shell does add an element of fun to eating this ice cream, and it'll help everyone to capture more attractive photos of the ice cream and to promote it more effectively :)

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  5. Yes, i'm good for ice cream anytime! :D

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    1. Ken: oh yes, my absolute favourite dessert is ice cream.

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  6. I love coconut ice cream! We ate a lot when we visited BKK, and miss it so much, hehe. :)

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    1. Ck: ooo, heheh, maybe can try to check out the one at jalan alor one day after work. The stall opens at 6pm everyday :D

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  7. I just saw this the other day on my friend's IG feed.... gotta hunt them down in the pasar malam one of these days :)

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    1. Baby sumo: ooo, I think your kids would enjoy this. They have made an appearance in cheras, I think, at taman connaught. Hopefully they return! :)

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  8. well, this coconut ice cream sold for RM5 each in Setia Alam pasar malam woh~

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    1. Happy Walker: hope you enjoy the coconut ice cream, ya :D

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  9. Yea saw it but not sure if it's the same brand in SS2 night market.
    Another ice cream concept is the one that's served in a tiny flower pot & looks like a plant - choc ice cream. For the "soil" and then an edible herb/leaf on top. Lol

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, it should be them, since they've been at SS2 :D ya, i think the flower pot one was at OUG recently, but i haven't managed to check them out yet. it should be quite fun too :D

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  10. Hmmm..SS2 you say. I may just be crazy enough to brave traffic to go and get my fill =)

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    1. UnkaLeong: heheh, it would take a lot to get me to brave SS2's pasar malam crush, but coconut ice cream could do the trick :D

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