Post-lunch at Coluck, my dining companion and I headed over to nearby Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for dessert. Actually, CICF was the real reason we were even in Chinatown for lunch to begin with, honestly.
I decided to have black sesame.
I went outside and couldn’t decide which picture looked prettier, so here’s both. The black sesame flavor was nice; it wasn’t too pronounced nor too sweet (I don’t like overly sweet things). However, I did want it to taste more like tong yuan (sweet soup/dessert balls filled with black sesame paste) and found this tasted more like what was leftover when you were done with the soup after a couple had exploded into the murky, slightly sweet water. After a while, I found the black sesames mixed throughout were too gritty for me, leaving the feeling that I was eating Oreo cookies broken into the ice cream… except the kind that don’t dissolve and melt on your tongue. I wished desperately for a toothbrush after I was done, and spent some time in the bathroom making sure I had no black sesames visible in my teeth. Very annoying.
Yvo says: I’ve always loved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, but I’ll pass on this flavor. And now that they’ve raised their prices to $3.75 for a single, there’s no extra incentive to go down there unless I’m already very close – Sundaes & Cones, much more in my general stomping grounds, is the same price. Recommended for the variety and the fun-ness of going here, but it’s not a must-have.