Sunday, September 4, 2016

Preview: Kakigori @ Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya







Break the ice at Kakigori (opening Sept. 10), which promises Japanese shaved ice desserts that play it cool with distinctively spirited flourishes - a sub-zero remedy for the Klang Valley's perpetual summer, supplying succour like snowfall in the Sahara.




The venue is meant to resemble an ice factory, warmed by the unexpected presence of a garden-like centrepiece that evokes a children's playhouse, surrounded by custom-constructed furnishing inspired by origami motifs, with tables & chairs whose 'feet' mimic those of both humans & birds. You'll also note caricatures of a mysterious mascot nicknamed Yuki, a 'snow lady' whose tale is inscribed on Kakigori's menu (long story short: she needs to consume frosty fare to save herself from melting).



It's ice to meet you: Kakigori's founders are the three Beh siblings, who also spearhead Bangsar South's Thirdwave cafe - these cool cats say they've always loved air-conditioning & chilled treats, so when they discovered Japan's kakigori, they were determined to launch a venue dedicated to this dessert. After scouring Tokyo for all the kakigori they could eat, they're ready to unveil no fewer than ten wintry creations - traditionalists can start with the tea-based interpretations: Hojicha kakigori with candied chestnuts & kinako milk (RM17) & the Uji Matcha kakigori with red beans, own-made warabimochi & kinako milk (RM17), relying on tea cultivated by Kyoto's revered Marukyu-Koyamaen. The Beh siblings uphold exacting standards, sourcing clear, strong ice shaved into smooth, ultra-light shards that melt slowly, complemented by natural, seasonal produce.



Kakigori's versions emulate the most recent wave offered by Japan's speciality stores, imbued with the new-millennium thrill of experimentation. You'll find recipes that challenge perceptions & broaden the horizons of our palates - the Shoyu kakigori conveys an umami resonance that's rare in sweets, made textured with dango rice dumplings & balanced with kinako powder (RM14), while the Japanese pumpkin kakigori is a creamy dream come true, buoyed by a potent burnt caramel sauce (RM15).



Some of these big chills convincingly channel cherished Malaysian flavours - tau foo fah acolytes might be smitten by the Ginger Tofu kakigori, which melds morsels of a super-silky tofu pudding with sweet puffed rice to revive memories of childhood snacks (RM15), while apam balik disciples can find cold comfort in kakigori snowed in with corn puree, a milky coconut espuma & toasted nuts (RM17). Kakigori worked on numerous recipes frozen down to these final ten; you can expect specials to pop up from time to time - perhaps a mooncake-inspired kakigori in 2017, or even a spicy-sour tom yum kakigori?




Fruits are dressed to chill at Kakigori - watermelon puree (strictly no artificial colouring or concentrates here) with the unmistakable floral fragrance of rose espuma, berries & grapes (RM17) & guava with jelly & plum salt (jeruk jambu, anyone?).



Our favourite kakigori is predictable - avocado with pistachios (RM18), its delicate purity shining in every biting-cold spoonful. For an even safer choice, the tiramisu kakigori is a portrait of frigid familiarity, insulated by inventive brushstrokes of coffee espuma & Valrhona chocolate (RM16) - only the tip of the iceberg of Kakigori's capabilities. Pack your mittens, hats & scarves & head to this brrrrrr-and new venue soon - what's cooler than cool? Ice-cold, indeed. Thanks to Kakigori for having us.


 


Kakigori @ PJ Paramount Garden
25, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Business commences Saturday, Sept. 10. Will be open 1pm-10pm for the first weekend.
Open Tuesday-Thursday, 1pm-10pm, Fri-Sun, 12pm-12am. Closed Mondays (but will stay open Sept. 12). Tel: 03-7865-8666


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18 comments:

  1. Are these the size of bingsu? I haven't been able to get into those because I don't think I could finish one of those myself :P

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    1. SC: ooo, i was trying to avoid the B word, heh ;) the kakigori here seems slightly smaller than most of the bingsu servings i've seen in KL, but it's still a lot of ice to get through. personally i'd prefer to share the kakigori, especially since some of the flavours - like the apam balik one - can be fairly rich ;)

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  2. Would be lovely for the hot weather we are experiencing here now.

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    1. Suituapui: i actually enjoy eating frosty desserts during cold weather too! like having ice cream on cameron highlands ;)

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    2. great stuff and variety but it doesnt help eating sweet icy dessert during hot weather as it will make u thirstier hence best to eat it in their air con environment outlet and not outside in 35c heat...a whole lot of water after dessert is advisable LOL

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    3. Sheila: drinking more water sounds like good advice! :)

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  3. I want one of these! Pretty and cooling. :D

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    1. CK: and perfect for customers like you who love japanese delicacies! :D

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  4. just as i moved away from that area, all these places came up. this one's like KTZ went to Europe and got a Masters' Degree?

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    1. KY: haha, that's a cool analogy ... but ya, paramount garden is going to become hipster central at this rate ;)

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  5. That definitely looks like the tastier version of ais kacang! =) It'll serve well in the crazy, humid weather of ours.

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    1. Ciana: heh, yeah, i think many folks who love ais kacang will adore kakigori too. and yep, when the temperature rises, people can escape to kakigori! :D

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  6. Whoa! Those look like super big ais kacang! So many varieties too. Oh yes, I would love to have one especially on a very hot day.

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    1. Phong Hong: it's not too far from damansara uptown ... so maybe you can pop by when they're open later this month! :)

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  7. Very appealing presentation, I want them all!

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    1. Choi Yen: go get them all! :D

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  8. hello there...just wondering if it is suitable for muslim? (halal?) just wondering... ☺ because the pictures itself very tempting... i wanna try it

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    1. Siti: yes, the desserts here are all suitable for muslims - the cafe welcomes muslim customers, and no alcohol is used to make the desserts :)

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