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Published December 25th 2016
Update August 8th 2017
** This cafe has now closed permanently**
Fried Frozen Yoghurt Fun
On Grote Street in Chinatown, a small stall which was previously an egg waffle cafe is now serving an arguably equally exotic snack. While other novel frozen dessert houses including liquid nitrogen ice cream are nearby and froyo is now a popular snack "Ice Ice Ice Fried Yogurt" is the latest in a line of unusual offerings clustered around the Central Market area.
Although the name of the cafe evokes thoughts of deep fried ice cream, the reality is both peculiar and familiar. After selecting yoghurt and toppings from a small list to one side, liquid yoghurt is poured over a supercooled metal plate where it is rapidly solidified into a firm but crumbly disc. During this process, a variety of toppings of your choice including sunflower seeds, lollies, fruit and nuts are scattered onto the rapidly cooling mass and are soon incorporated into the solidifying yoghurt patty much like unfortunate prehistoric animals stuck fast in mud. Prices range from around $5 for a small serve to $6.50 for a large serve, with the addition of fresh fruit or nuts an extra 50c.
The end product is refreshing and delicious but also mildly disconcerting. Too irregular and firm to be balanced on a spoon, the yoghurt connoisseur is perhaps encouraged to pound the fragments into smaller splinters of rubble. At the beginning, the firm but yielding slivery shards are reminiscent of when, in primary school, I would eat off the yoghurt topping from muesli bars before tackling the muesli itself. The preparation ensures that texture is more toothsome and chewy than thick and creamy.