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Dessert shake from Tempo Doeloe

icefruitRegarding places that I have reviewed so far, there tend to be some eyebrow-raising items on the menu that I have sampled and for one reason or another, don’t make it to my final review. Indonesian restaurant Tempo Doeloe, my most recent review, is an example.

Tempo Doeloe contains a lot of interesting dishes compacted onto small print-out menus. On the back of the menu is a selection of Indonesian fruit shakes made with chipped ice that is processed by a grumbly machine stationed at the restaurant’s front counter.

Per the cashier’s recommendation, I sampled the es teler seger bener, which is a mound of the processed ice drizzled with sweet condensed milk and topped with jackfruit, soft shards of young coconut and avocado. I prefer Korean Suno to this, which is similar but the delicate ice shavings in Suno are softer and don’t compact into a hard, melded glob; I used my spoon as an ice pick with the Indonesian fruit cup.

Don’t fret though, if you have the patience to wait for it, a slushy moat of sweet fruity flavors will slowly form around the base of this dessert iceberg.

- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.

3 comments Add your comment

Anniegetyurgun

April 5th, 2011
5:05 pm

Yes, Suno rocks! Seems that many Asian cultures have variations of a shaved ice dessert. Penang has iced kacang (sp?) with red beans and other unusual toppings. The late, lamented Cafe 101 had a terrific fruit and shaved ice dessert, plus many fruit shakes. Anyone else know of other restaurants offering these desserts?

Eric

April 6th, 2011
7:03 am

The best I’ve had is the Thai sno-cone at Tuk-Tuk. Bring your child and ask to have them work the machine!

Gene Lee

April 6th, 2011
9:20 am

A lot of the Korean-run bakeries off Buf Hwy and in Duluth (i.e. Mozart, White Windmill, etc.) have a dessert called potbingsu. It’s a huge platter of shaved ice, sweet beans, fruit, etc..