Cool ideas to scoop up
1. When it comes to unusual ice creams, I immediately think of sakura (cherry blossom). It's a light and fresh flowery taste that you'll fall in love with from the very first bite. There are few floral ice cream flavours, so this one is truly special.
Milk Top (www.milktop.com.hk); Shop B2-12A, Basement, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay; 4/F, Piago, Phase 2, Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay
2. Torta di mele (apple tart) ice cream is my ultimate recommendation. For those who enjoy eating apple pie as much as I do, this sweet treat has a strong apple and cinnamon taste without being heavy at all. The texture makes it especially addictive - one scoop is seldom enough!
Shop L406, The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; Tel: 2682 1566
3. XTC first sprung up in Hong Kong in 2002. While it does all the regular flavours - chocolate, strawberry and so on - there is also a wide range of eccentric flavours to choose from, including Szechuan pepper, tofu cheesecake, Earl Grey and ube.
XTC (www.xtc.com.hk), Shop B, 45 Cochrane Street, Central; 4/F Food Court, The Landmark, Central; KP-01, Star Ferry Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
4. You wouldn't normally put seafood and sorbet in the same category, but at Ice Cream Gallery, that's exactly what you get. Recently exhibited at the HK Food Expo, Lobster ice cream and White Truffle ice cream are both quite a catch - as are other peculiar flavours such as Bacon and Egg, and Ginger, Black Vinegar & Egg.
Ice Cream Gallery, (www.icecreamgallery.com.hk)
Unit G117, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road; Tel: 2838 8086
5. Compared to other gelato (Italian ice cream) on offer in Hong Kong, Holly Brown's recipe tastes lighter. Try the peach and mango for something unusual, blended with the crazy choice of berries, chocolate chips, pie crusts, nuts - the list goes on - served in a crunchy waffle cup.
Holly Brown, 22 Stanley Street, Central; Tel: 2869 9008
6. Did you ever think honey ginger could be a flavour of an ice cream? Well, at Tuttimelon, this special flavour can be tried with different toppings.
Numerous outlets Tuttimelon (www.tuttimelon.com.hk)
7. The limited-edition Caramel Apple Pie Haagen-Dazs flavour is probably my all-time favourite. The desert is usually popular among families over Christmas, but have you ever thought of this as an ice cream flavour?
Numerous outlets (www.haagen-dazs.com.hk)
8. The flavours aren't always unusual, but Honey Well Confectionery offers a different monthly flavour of fried ice cream (a scoop of ice cream encased in a crispy crust and deep-fried), such as mango, taro and vanilla.
Unit 4i, 34E Tak Man Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon; Tel: 2333 2699
9. Unlike the quirky Japanese flavours of fish and octopus, Ben & Jerry's Phish Food contains only fish-shaped fudge. The chocolate ice cream also contains marshmallows and caramel.
Ben & Jerry's (www.benjerry.com.hk)
10. Trust a Hong Kong company to make something that's sweet even sweeter. Kowloon Dairy's Ovaltine Malt Cup is a frozen version of the popular hot drink. The malty flavour is rare in a frozen treat, but these seem to sell very well. Available from many supermarkets