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Monday, 7 September 2015

Sangkaya @ Damansara Uptown

After a more than pleasurable brunch at Fork D World and our caffeine intake taken care of at Beam, we still had a bit of time on our hands before going our separate ways for dinner.  So, to keep our budget for the day in check, we thought we'd go for some (cheap) ice cream! ;)
 
We landed ourselves at Sangkaya @ Damansara Uptown which is, of course, well known for its premium coconut ice cream.  This franchise seems to be opening up everywhere these days.  [#Note: I read in the papers (themalaymailonline) that the owners actually got into this business of coconut ice cream by chance when their plan was actually to open a place selling bread and kaya (coconut jam) but later realised that the market for that was too competitive (and, along the way, they researched about the coconut which is one of the ingredients of kaya).  So, I'm not sure if the name has anything to do with their intention to be in the "kaya" business or that they stuck with the name because it also means "rich" (or "a rich person") which is what they'll be when their business succeeds.]
 
Here are the available toppings for your ice cream....roasted coconut flakes, roasted peanuts and nestum cereal.
 
Also available......cornflakes, sweet corn and kidney beans (that needs refilling asap...it's so bare or is it their ploy to keep us from taking too much.....hee...hee)!

I ordered the Signature @ RM10.50 with 4 scoops of ice cream and 3 toppings served in a fresh coconut husk.  It also comes in Cup (with 3 scoops and 1 topping @ RM7.30) or Cone (with just one scoop @ RM3.10).  Selected toppings were cornflakes, sweet corn and cereal.  When you get to the bottom of the ice cream, you'll find pieces of fresh coconut flesh as well....yum!  Just know that the 4 scoops of ice cream ain't very big...it just looks huge in photos only because of the close up shot! :D

The ice cream had a nice, clean taste with a good enough (but not intense) coconut fragrance...just not as creamy as other ice creams (since no dairy is involved in the making as it's made with undiluted fresh coconut milk (but suitable for vegans since it's dairy-free).  It's smooth and refreshing, with its natural coconut sweetness, but probably not for those who like their ice creams really creamy).  Though some in my eating party did mention that it was not as good as the ones they ate in Bangkok (well, I wouldn't know since I've not eaten it there before).
 
Sangkaya now also serves the Thai milk tea infused ice cream.  This is the 'Cha Yen' Cup @ RM7.30 (with one topping) which comes with three scoops of Thai milk tea infused ice cream (RM3.10 for one scoop on a classic waffle cone).  I actually forgot about the one topping limit and accidentally put in three...kidney beans, sweet corn and roasted coconut flakes....oops!  Anyway, what's with the toppings limit....tsk...tsk!  We should be allowed to put whatever topping we want, after all, we won't be putting in too much so that the ice cream can still shine ;)
 
This 'cha yen' flavoured ice cream, I didn't like.  It did taste like Thai iced milk tea but, for me, it should be left as it is.....a drink!

I also got a glass of their all-natural Coconut Water @ RM5.20 with no added sugar.  It was naturally sweet with an intense coconut flavour and tasted exactly like the Thai fragrant coconuts that I buy to drink and make jellies.  They also have the Coconut Shake which is made up of fragrant coconut water blended in ice with coconut flesh and topped with a scoop of their premium coconut ice cream which we didn't try.

My Personal Opinion

If you have a weakness for all things coconut, then you're bound to enjoy this freshly churned ice cream.  It makes for a very refreshing treat on a hot day, that's for sure, but I'll stick with just the coconut ice cream flavour here though. 

A word of advice, eat it fast as it melts rather quickly!

Sangkaya (Coconut Ice Cream)
No 80 Ground Floor Jalan SS21/39
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Tel: 012-283 0249
 

21 comments:

  1. I heard the opposite - somebody commented on somebody's photo on Facebook saying that it is nicer than what she had in Thailand. I guess it may vary according to where you go.

    My brother-in-law's son (my nephew) is in this business enterprise, not too sure how - I don't quite understand what my missus or BIL said...but I think he and some partners own the franchise and he has his own outlets here and there - I know the one at Jalan Alor is his though I am not fond of that location, so congested.

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    1. Your nephew is probably the owner of the original one in Jalan Alor and maybe some others and also co-owns the franchise when it grew. I read about his story here:
      http://www.themalaymailonline.com/eat-drink/article/heres-the-scoop-on-sangkaya-coconut-ice-cream...-resistance-is-futile

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    2. Yup. He's been in the news a lot and on TV too.

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  2. Er... I probably would not appreciate milk tea ice cream too. So this one you went to, is a whole shop rather than a stall, is it? Got so many patterns.

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    1. Patterns? You mean toppings? Yeah, it's a whole shop (more like half a shop) and they have many of these outlets all over Klang Valley. Not to worry, from their website, it seems they'll be scooping soon in Gurney Plaza, so you can have your fill there too! ;)

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  3. As it is, the cups/coconut shell is so small that we can hardly put enough toppings without spilling. I went there again last week for the Signature and marveled at how tiny the scoops are. But they look big in close up shots :)

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    1. Yeah, me too. When I saw it on some food blogs, I thought they were pretty big scoops too only to find out it wasn't so :'( From some of the photos I've seen, they used to be bigger coz the coconut shell was bigger! :D

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  4. That's great news to find a ice cream that is dairy free.

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    1. Yes, it is...one that vegans can enjoy too :)

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  5. Haven't been here yet.. but it's on the list !! :D

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    1. I guess all of us have some things on our list! :D

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  6. Ya it melts very fast. Had it once in JayaOne. Lol

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    1. Yeah, it melts quite fast because it's made without any emulsifiers and preservatives, it seems.

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  7. I had this in Ampang Point. So did they notice you taking 3 toppings instead of one? Even if they did they couldn't charge you more because you already paid for the ice cream.

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    1. I don't know why there should be a limit on the toppings (I put in so little anyway) coz, from most photos I've seen online, there's usually more than one.

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    2. There is a limit because to get 3 toppings they want you to pay more for the higher price product.

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    3. The toppings are minimalistic in cost, so why so stingy! Anyway, there's hardly any space to put it. I've even seen photos with more than 3.

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  8. the ideal indulgence for the current hazy weather ya :D

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    1. Yes, perfect for our current hot spell :)

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  9. Do you know similar coconut ice-cream now available at pasar malam with cheaper price? ^__^

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    1. Oh, I didn't know that....is it just as good?

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