Corn ice cream

Monday, January 09, 2006

My very first favourite ice cream flavour was not, as people might suspect, chocolate. Not even close. It was, in fact, corn.

Yes, corn.

When I was a kid, my Lolo (grandfather) would take me to his country club and treat me to ice cream. I could pick any flavour I wanted and I'm sure I sampled them all: chocolate, vanilla, banana, strawberry, ube (taro), cheese and the ever-yummy corn. I loved feeling the corn kernels popping in my mouth amid a swirl of sweet ice cream.

But we moved to Sydney and I thought that corn ice cream would forever be lost to me.

So imagine my surprise when I was walking around Melbourne's Crown Casino and happened to look in on the Japanase takeaway counter at the food court.

Long lost tropical ice cream flavours at Crown Casino food court

Coconut. Taro. Sweet corn pumpkin. And even durian. There they were, those tropical ice cream delights. I could scarcely believe my eyes. I might have even squealed.

I tried some sweet corn pumpkin on a cone. After twenty years, it was even better than I remembered. For this alone, I could move to Melbourne.

Japanese takeaway
Crown Casino Food Court
8 Whiteman St, Southbank
(the food court is along the promenade overlooking the Yarra River)

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