Ohhhhh lá dứa!
La Dua is pretty much the ultimate add-on to every Vietnamese dessert. We use it to flavor puddings, cover spongy cakes, accessorize drinks, or simply, wrap rice balls to carry around town. It’s like Sriracha sauce: it goes on everything
And that’s because pandan leaves have a uniquely sweet and slightly piney taste that complements other dessert basics, like coconut milk. Put bluntly, it’s probably the equivalent of vanilla extract for western pastries.
So when the happy Miss behind the counter suggested we try the green ice cream, there was no double thinking about it. And oh was it great! It tasted exactly like my aunt’s sticky rice cakes: sweet and delicate, with a creamy aftertaste. Pleased, the cousin went for an entire scoop of it.
More in a sorbet type of mood, I opted instead for a split scoop of Hibiscus and Lime & mint. Again, a lovely outcome; both were fresh and extremely flavorsome.
Next time you’re in Mile End, head straight to Kem CoBa. They have new flavours coming out every now and then that are sure to give your taste buds a sense of adventure.
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