NITRO-FRESH

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I was invited to get a taste of Nitrogen ice cream for the first time over the weekend at 320 Degrees Below, Singapore's very first Nitro ice cream cafe. I have since then been in love and gone to ice cream heaven! Its been all I've spoken about since my visit and I'm so excited to be able to share this here...Nitrogen ice cream has been around for quite some time now, it started out about 100 years ago (hard to believe) in Britain. Susan and Keith, the couple behind the cafe, patiently explained to me how it works which was great because I never knew there so much behind one particular method of making ice cream. Basically, the ice cream is made fresh on the spot for you on colourful Kitchenaids the cafe has for use at the counter, there is no such thing as an ice cream maker or whatsoever. Just simply by using liquid nitrogen which is nitrogen at about -320 degrees (so cold that no nasty germ has yet to have survived the temperature) to harden the ice cream. Taste wise, it felt so fresh! Because it is freshly made, customers do not have to worry about preservatives or whatsoever. There is no such thing as artificial flavouring and the quick freeze means that the sugar can be reduced giving the ice cream a very light texture. What I loved was that it was so light that I didn't feel bloated after I was done neither did it give an aftertaste, which is what I think everyone normally experiences with ice cream. Hence, gulping down tons of water and feeling even more…bloats. Nah, not anymore for me since I can't wait to go back and try all flavours. And even better, you can have 2 cups or three and still not feel bloated. Because it is so light! Susan and Keith are the most dedicated people I've ever met, and it was an honour to be able to be served ice cream personally made by them. I got to hear so many of their future ideas, one which includes customization... Like I said earlier, everything is fresh so they were telling me all about their experiementations before coming up with the flavours for the cafe! They tried tofu and soy (woa would love to try this one), a waldorf salad (celery, apples, grape…! AH!!!), durian, mangosteen…..I was fascinated and asked why they didn't want to bring this in right away and they patiently explained that they're because they're still new to the whole business, they really want people to get used to what nitro ice cream is all about. Minus the technicalities. I got to try earl grey and coconut that day and they were both so so so so good. I might conduct a tour soon because all my friends are dying to try. But anyway, tons of other flavours to try from at the cafe, they just added Green Tea and Lychee Martini to the menu! 320 Degrees Below is located at 33 Mackenzie Road, Singapore 228686. Opposite Rex Cinema. Check them out on Facebook.