Look at this crazy Ice Cream product! Not bad!
So I finally wandered into Jang To Marche Oriental (2109 St. Catherine West, 514-932-9777) which is close to Maison Bulgogi. Pretty good selection! Those of you who are craving Bun Dae Gi (canned silk worm larvae) can satisfy your craving here (ewww). The kimchi looks appealing, I met the grandmother who likely makes it, she is a character! As soon as I have gone through my mother's homemade kimchi batch, I plan to try this kimchi, it looks like it has potential.
(I am going to try to make my mother's stuffed cucumber kimchi, if I am successful, will seriously consider opening a business. Well, no i won't, but the thought has crossed my mind. I must get parents to move here.)
In the frozen dessert section, I saw a host of interesting ice cream-like products with a distinctly Asian bent. As well as the usual B-B Big red bean frozen dessert bar, I saw the following product, and had to buy one to try it. It is a Corn ice cream. The name in Korean is pronounced "Cohn - ok soo soo" which is the word "corn" in Korean followed by the korean word for corn ( ok soo soo). The outside wafer is made of the stuff they make cheap ice cream cones out of (you know, the cheap cones that you usually upgrade to the sugar cone, the stuff that tastes like there might be plastic involved). It is fashioned to resemble a cob of corn. Inside is a bunch of vanilla ice cream flavoured with corn, and with occasional pieces of corn embedded in the ice cream. In the third picture you can see a yellow blob in the body of the ice cream, it is a real piece of corn. The brown smear on the top appears to be a chocolate-flavoured substance. The flavour of corn is somewhat subtle yet oddly haunting. I like it much more than I thought I would! If you happen to be wandering by the store, take a look and give it a try, it is surprisingly tasty. And quite amusing. Don't expect Havres-Aux-Glaces, this is a campy ice cream experience. But I like food that makes me laugh.
So cute. The funny thing is if I've seen them I would have sworn that they were individually frozen corns on the cob. That is what happens when you lack the language skills to read the labels and that is why I am still afraid to shop at Asian groceries by myself. One day I will bring home some chocolate covered kimchi, or something equally wacky, thinking that I bought an innocent candy.
Yes! I first had this last summer and it's amazing. Corn is such a perfect flavour for ice cream.
I'm in Hong Kong at the moment but strangely I haven't seen anything similar. Of course, I haven't been looking very closely.
Melona (honeydew-flavoured ice cream) is pretty good too. They're a standard corner store treat at depanneurs in Toronto but Jangte seems to be the only place that sells them in Montreal.