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Ice Ice Ice Fried Yogurt

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by Reductio ad absurdum (subscribe)
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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.

Fried Yoghurt Yogurt Adelaide Central Market Chinatown dessert summer
Ice Ice Ice Fried Yogurt


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.

Fried Yoghurt Yogurt Adelaide Central Market Chinatown dessert summer
The Pancake-like yoghurt on a supercooled plate

Within minutes, the now frozen mass of yoghurt, seeds and fruit is chopped up into shards, excavated from the cooling surface and lowered into a cardboard cup.


Fried Yoghurt Yogurt Adelaide Central Market Chinatown dessert summer
Yoghurt being levered from the surface of the plate


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.

Fried Yoghurt Yogurt Adelaide Central Market Chinatown dessert summer
The Finished Product


As it melts, however, one is left with the familiar taste of melted frozen yoghurt and topping, much like any other offering from a frozen yoghurt depot if left too long in the sun.

If you're in the city and in search for a cool, nourishing, refreshingly unusual frozen dessert experience, Ice Ice Fried Yogurt may well be an interesting option.
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Why? For a cool yoghurt dessert
When: Usual Business Hours
Where: Grote Street
Cost: Around $5 for a small, $6.50 for a large
Your Comment
This is a very novel concept. It reminds me of those Asian bars, where I have seen chefs slamming and shaping ice cream onto a surface to prepare it.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12479) 1055 days ago
Very interesting concept, Reductio, I love yoghurt, so will be sure to try this if ever I find it on the Sunshine Coast.
by Elaine (score: 3|6766) 1057 days ago
Congrats on the bronze, nice article
by Lucinda (score: 2|342) 1057 days ago
Sounds like a great place!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1057 days ago
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