Saturday, November 15, 2014

Milkcow Malaysia & Magnum Ice Cream Cafe Kuala Lumpur @ Mid Valley

Ice cream lovers won't be left out in the cold in Mid Valley, thanks to two new ice cream parlours that began heating up the mall this week; first up, we're checking out Malaysia's pioneering outpost of Korean soft-serve ice cream specialist Milkcow.

 Milkcow at The Gardens Mall - near Cold Storage - is all about deliciously smooth, decadently dense but delicately mild-tasting ice cream, well-constructed with organic milk, wisely crowned with various toppings. Each cup costs between RM11 & RM13.

 Gorgeous natural honeycomb steals the spotlight in Milkcow's showcase, reputedly sourced from local farms for freshness.

 Begin with the basics: Ice cream partnered with thick 'honey chips' that are lightly sweet & not cloying in the least, featuring a comfortable, candy-like gummy-chewiness that pairs well with the ice cream's rich texture.

 Ice cream with liquid honey is available too; at first brush, the smallish portions might seem expensive, but take the first bite - the ice cream is clearly not made with substandard ingredients. We really like it.

 We were sceptical about the popcorn-flavoured macaron & almond toppings, but the macaron turned out to be a triumph too - winsomely fresh, well-balanced in flavour & finely tuned in texture. This is named Macao Dream on the menu for some reason.

 Other combos include chocolate sauce with cocoa balls & organic sea salt, as well as organic cotton candy with jelly beans.

 .Next up, exploring Malaysia's first Magnum cafe, already a major magnet for crowds near GSC's Mid Valley multiplex.

 The lines are long outside the cafe, but no fear; it'll probably take only between 15 to 30 minutes to inch toward the counter. The hours-long wait only occurred on the first day, when folks were baited with free ice cream. It's more manageable now.

 Magnum has two floors - the cinema-level space is for takeaway orders, but upstairs, patrons can also opt for sit-down meals.

 The hook: Make Your Own Magnum. Choose an ice cream base (vanilla or chocolate), coated with milk, white or dark choc, then customise it further with a plethora of intriguing toppings. A novelty that has worked for Magnum in many cities worldwide.

 RM9.90 for a basic serving. Potato crisps with pretzel pieces? Goji berries plus culinary rose petals? Sea salt & chilli flakes? Blackcurrant pastilles & dried mango? Chopped pistachios, crushed Oreos & marshmallows? Seemingly endless combos.

 All in all, no surprises - as indulgent as expected, certainly crowd-pleasing. Nothing overly bold or punchy, flavour-wise.

 Magnum hot chocolate & Magnum affogato (RM14) also have their virtues, expertly crafted for a pleasurable polish.

 The Magnum dine-in section also offers a savoury selection that sounds tantalising on paper, but this brick-pressed & pan-fried Cornish chicken fell short, suffering from a frozen-meat feel. Save RM28 & skip this one.

 Battered corn-on-the-cob slices with aged parmesan & chilli salt (RM15), a bit too bland to really recommend.

 Almond-crusted fries (also not quite right in texture & lacking in taste), utterly mismatched with a Magnum chocolate dipping sauce (RM15). Based on these three savoury recipes, it might seem safer to stick solely to Magnum's satisfying desserts.

 Milk Cow Malaysia @ The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley
LG K23, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur

Magnum Cafe Kuala Lumpur
Third Floor, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur


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15 comments:

  1. I want popcorn macaron Milkcow ice cream! Looks so good.

    Saw the crazy queues for Magnum on their opening day.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, i think your kids would love milkcow's ice cream, and there are different toppings for them to try :D if they're patient, you could take them to queue for magnum later on too! :)

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  2. Wow, such a long queue for Magnum!
    Hmmm this post remind me that I haven't had ice cream for long time, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, hopefully the magnum queues will be less long before the end of the year :) heheh, i love ice cream ... i would happily eat ice cream every day if possible :D

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  3. Can't wait to try that Magnum place...when the crowd has dwindles, no more queues. Milkcow looks good too.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, both magnum and milkcow were enjoyable ... satisfied my ice cream cravings :D

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  4. milk cow looks better! haha magnum is too mainstream :p

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    1. Ken: milkcow was delicious, true. but the magnum cafe was pretty interesting too ... you won't find customisable magnum ice cream anywhere else but at this cafe :)

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  5. It looks like quite an ice cream afternoon! Create your own magnum toppings is a fun idea.

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: it was great fun digging into all that ice cream at both places! :D

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  6. Not really understand the Magnum hype, maybe I'm not a fan of that :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heh, ya I guess in a way, we could actually "make our own Magnum" at home. Buy a magnum and sprinkle our own toppings on it :)

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  7. Wow...you've already visited Magnum cafe. I'm looking forward to pay a visit.
    Milkcow reminds me of "Crumbs", the frozen yogurt.

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    1. Melissa: hope you enjoy both magnum and milkcow! :D i like milkcow a lot ... it might seem similar to frozen yogurt, but it's different in a lot of ways, heh :)

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