Forget the Beach... CoCoMoo Ice Cream Is Port Dickson's Best Kept Secret
I know I said forget the beach, but picture this for a second: You're spending the day at the beach and it's clear skies and sunshine all around. Strolling along the shore, you feel a soft, gentle breeze tousling your hair as smooth, foamy waves spill over your feet, washing away your footprints in the sand. In your hand, you're holding a cup filled to the top with swirls of frozen lusciousness so divine each bite leaves you wanting more... and of course, it's none other than ice cream.
And so enter the subject matter of this post - CoCoMoo Ice Cream.
First things first, I have to come clean and say I hadn't heard of CoCoMoo Ice Cream until a couple of months ago. It happened completely by chance. Right around that time, my friend, Linda, was raving about it on Facebook. The funny thing is, I don't spend a lot of time on Facebook these days, but by some odd coincidence, I happened to log in that day and the first thing I saw was her post - and ta-da! - that's how I got the scoop (excuse the pun!) on CoCoMoo Ice Cream. I'd like to also mention that thanks to her generosity of hooking me up with a tub of the Gula Melaka flavour, I got to sample the ice cream for myself, and here I am now writing about it. Thanks a million, Linda. You're awesome!
Let's begin with a few fun facts, shall we? The brainchild of retiree Chong Siew Lian, CocoMoo Ice Cream was founded in 2016 after she moved from Penang to settle in Port Dickson. A chirpy white- and orange-coloured shack within the compound of Weng Yin Seafood Village PD is home to CocoMoo Ice Cream, and it gets decked out with a lot of love during the holidays. Mmm... I love that. And with the seaside close by, this winsome little shack exudes the beach vibe to darn close perfection, making it a refreshing change from its garden-variety counterparts so commonly found in big cities. If you're wondering why the name "CoCoMoo", it's because Siew Lian uses coconut cream and dairy to make her ice cream base, ergo "CoCo" and "Moo". Hah! But of course, right? 😆
A professionally-trained ice cream maker, Siew Lian's penchant for experimentation couldn't be more evident. Her ice creams, which are artisanal, gloriously rich and melt-in-your-mouth creamy, come in all colours of the rainbow, and then some. You'll be greeted by Rich Italian Chocolate (a delicious classic which I'm guessing is always a crowd favourite) in addition to trendy flavours like Adzuki Bean, Sesame Seed and Green Tea. Do you consider yourself an ice cream connoisseur? Then why not take your taste buds for a spin by trying her indulgent local flavour combinations? There's Pulut Hitam, Teh Tarik and of course, the one I had, Gula Melaka. Prefer a fruity treat? Not a problem. Select from Durian, Mango, Pineapple, Jackfruit or Lychee. Of course, these flavours aren't exhaustive. The creation at CoCoMoo Ice Cream never stops, so expect the unexpected!
At CoCoMoo Ice Cream, six delicious flavours are available at any given time. Pop in and let yourself be surprised. Good news: On the heels of the brand's mounting success, Siew Lian has begun to take orders, which means you can order a tub (or more) of any flavour you like off the menu. Just let Siew Lian know which one(s) you'd like. Bear in mind, though, that this is artisanal ice cream made in small batches entirely from scratch using the freshest, purest ingredients (some organic, some seasonal), so if you select something that isn't available at the shack, she will need to source the necessary ingredients before she can hand-craft your ice cream for you. So do allow time. More good news: She accepts orders from KL. Delivery is done in batches. So KL folks, take note and start ordering! (See contact details below.)
So anyway, about the tub of Gula Melaka ice cream that Linda gave me, I'm going to go right out and say that it was so good it blew me away. No, seriously. And I have to admit I was surprised by how balanced the flavour was. Because here's the thing about gula melaka: In untrained hands or an inaccurate recipe, the result can be a final dish that tastes overly sweet or bitter-sweet. And there's nothing like a crappy dessert to diminish your enjoyment of the whole experience. This CoCoMoo blend tasted extraordinary. And the texture was equally incredible. It was soft and smooth just as ice cream should be. In other words, it was flawless. Remember that "strolling along the seashore" scene I described at the beginning of this post? It almost felt real when I ate the ice cream with my eyes closed. Yeah, I know I'm weird, but hey.
My verdict on the ice cream: Boom! She nailed it.
You know what? It's a sad state of affairs when everyone seems to be glorifying big international brands when the truth is, our own home-grown ones can be just as remarkable. Some are truly special, yet they're hidden in a corner somewhere just waiting to be found. We just have to look a little harder, you know? CoCoMoo Ice Cream is a prime example of a gem of a find right here on our shores, and you know what? I'm beyond happy to give it two thumbs up. My voice may not be very loud in the blogging sphere, but if I'm able to create even just a bit of buzz for CoCoMoo Ice Cream (and other local brands like it), then maybe I'm doing something right.
Anyway, if you have an ice cream addiction (like some of us do... ahem 😁), you'll definitely want to check out CoCoMoo Ice Cream. Trust me, you won't regret it. Of course, since we're still living through the COVID-19 pandemic, do remember to mask up and practice physical distancing when you go, OK?
CoCoMoo Ice Cream
Weng Yin Seafood Village
Lot 4132, Batu 9.5 (KM15.5)
11, Jalan Pantai, Taman Orkid
71050 Port Dickson
6.30 pm to 10.00 pm (Thursdays to Sundays)
12.00 pm to 3.30 pm (Sundays)
Open every day during school holidays, public holidays and eve of public holidays.
From RM3.50 per scoop (varies depending on flavour and cup size)
From RM32.00 per tub (varies depending on flavour) - 650ml tub.
To order, call:
016 636 2254 (Siew Lian) - Port Dickson
012 218 0535 (Julian) or 016 307 8558 (Anne) - KL
Or visit the shack.
Note: Prices, where mentioned, are correct at time of writing.