"A thing", in this particular instance, refers to an inexplicably explosive gustatory trend that has been popularized by night market snack food as of late. I admit to attempting the likes of the cylindrical creation before: Teppan Ice Cream at Night It Up had presented me and a friend with flaky, frozen chunks of flavourless milk - how could I forget that?
When the trend came rolling back into this year's list of summer must-try items, feelings of sheer disgust and severe doubt resurfaced once again. But as with anyone and anything, food also deserves second chances. When an unmistakably Asian-sounding name popped up on the insauga page indicating a new spot to enjoy this sweet treat, I decided to check it out for the sake of being a good sport.
Located just off the edge of the food court in Rockwood Mall, which, might I add, is really more of a rundown plaza than a proper shopping centre, this was the single stall with a lineup of over five people amidst the lunch rush.
Between the options of caramel popcorn, soft serve ice cream, Pinoy waffles, hot dogs, egg waffles, and "Thai Rolled Ice Cream", I could hardly make sense of which ingredients/toppings/prices were associated with each item or item combo.
"Give me one second!" a stout, ponytail-donning lady called out to me in a strong East Asian accent. I nodded and smiled in reply, content with the fact that I had been acknowledged.
"There are four people ahead of you anyway." she added ten seconds later.
"Um, alright?" I thought, "I suppose she means that there's no point in ordering if I have to wait for my dessert anyway. However, she could have omitted that, as the wait time was pretty obvious given the amount of people I had spotted outside."
When she finally returned to the cashier to take my order, I took the opportunity to ask for menu clarification.
Her first response was "Did you look at the menu?!", to which I answered that I did but remained very much unclear about their pricing and flavour options.
I proceeded to inquire about egg waffles, soft serve, and rolled ice cream combos; with each question, she appeared increasingly more annoyed at me, despite the fact that there was not a single customer in line behind me.
"I noticed that you have different options of egg waffle flavours - how are they priced?" I replied.
She insisted that she had just told me the answer, though, in fact, she had been talking about the rolled ice cream flavours.
"And how does the combo work?" I continued.
"With egg waffles? Do you want an egg waffle?!" she barked.
"Uhh, how much is it?"
"It says right there!" she pointed to extremely tiny writing reminiscent to exam cheat sheets only the creator could decipher.
Quite frankly, I couldn't comprehend why she couldn't have just asked me if I was alright with waiting an additional five minutes for the waffle. She had begun pouring the batter even before I had completed my wallet-destructive ten-dollar order of an Egg Waffle x Mango Rolled Ice Cream Combo. "This better be worth the drive and price" I muttered to myself.
"We don't accept credit under ten dollars before tax." was the follow-up phrase that I truly did not want to hear.
Each rolled ice cream order included one free topping (GASP. Did I hear that correctly?), though several specific toppings were additional charge. I opted for the safest choice: sweetened coconut flakes.
While I did appreciate the small bits of mango and the uniformity of flavour, there is no possible way to justify the price of this dessert. Seeing that even a single flavour of the rolls would cost a hefty $6.50 (and the double $7.50), chances of returning are beyond slim.
In other news, my Official GOT7 Lightstick arrived one month earlier than its anticipated delivery date!