Thursday, August 30, 2012

LN2 + Creativity reinvented ⇨ L❤ve Nitrogencream 2

Ever since Chin Chin Labs opened in London I have been a fan of Ice-creams made with Nitrogen and the laboratory fun that comes with it.
As well as CCL, Heston Blumenthal does a great job too.

The first time I came across Nitrogen in food was in a drink, but it was not pure Nitrogen but nitrous oxide N2O to make it fizzy and "supposedly" to give you euphoria effects.
However that drink did not turn out fizzy and I did not feel any euphoria effects. As well as fizzing up the drinks it is also used in whipping cream and laughing gas.

On the first week Lab Made opened, there were two flavours i wanted to try the purple rice and the sticky toffee, however I went too early and it didnt open until 3pm so I went elsewhere.

The second time they changed their menu, I wanted to try the Bailey's flavour but I was busy then so finally made it the third time when they changed the flavours again.

This time they had: Strawberry and greek yoghurt, Purple rice, Lemon Meringue and Chocolate.
I tried the purple rice and the Lemon Meringue first, I did not intend to try the Strawberry because on a their website it was just plain strawberry but on the board it was written as Strawberry and greek yoghurt which made it worth trying.

I really like the ice-creams here because as well as gimmick and fun, the flavours are great too and they are not too sweet which can put you off with the first taste.
They had a good balance of western flavours and asian flavours because for people with western tastes are bound to choose the Western flavours.

There was a water dispenser there which was great.

I am not sure if dry ice is expensive but it would be fun if they had dry ice on the floor so when you walk in the shop it would be fun walking on fog as well as seeing it being produced when the icecream is made.
Lemon Meringue:
I loved the taste of the Lemon, it was really refreshing and extremely tart.
It contained lemon rind as well so it tastes a little different to the usual lemon flavouring.
The taste of this dessert was exactly the same as a dessert sold at UK's Marks and Spencers, which I cannot remember the name of but it was lemon mousse with grated lemon rind and a sweet ginger sponge at the bottom.
Strawberry with Greek yoghurt: - No Picture
The taste of this was great as well, some people did not seem to know it contained yogurt hence they said it was sour.
But the yogurt ingredient was why I tried it as well, it tasted like fresh strawberry yogurt and it was not too sweet.
Apple crumble:
So far, this would have to be the best flavour and you would be missing out if you havent tried this.
It was literally like eating a mashed apple crumble mixed in with ice-cream.
The pieces of apple were exactly the type you would find in an apple crumble, soft and stewed, same with the delicious pieces of buttery crumble.
Purple rice:
I am not fan of Chinese desserts but I just wanted to try the purple rice, there was generous amounts of purple rice in it which gave it some chew, and since the temperature is cooler than your average purple rice dessert, it was nice and chewier.
The taste was extremely creamy.
Overall, the sweetness of all their ice-creams were just right that you can try other flavours without getting that cloyingly sweet feeling.
Apart from the ice-cream the design of the shop was nice, it was clean and chic, and I liked their uniform too. The logo itself is really cute, they have used test tubes as ice-cream cones.

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