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Day #30 : Soft Swerve

Today I went to have an ice cream shop with my friends which recently opened in Chinatown called ‘Soft Swerve’. The ice cream shop offers unusual flavors, you can order vanilla but you will also find Asian-inspired ice cream flavors like ube, matcha and black sesame. Ube which has become a sensation, is a purple yam, made popular by a Filipino dessert called halo halo. Purple yam is common in a couple of countries in Asia, including the Philippines. At first all of us were skeptical about eating a yam-flavored ice cream but it is as delicious as it looks. You can also swirl two flavors together in either a black chocolate or red cinnamon cone. They have unique toppings as well which include strawberry syrup, toasted coconut and fruity pebbles. Some signatures sundaes are named after city streets in New York which include Mulberry street and Mott street.  So next time you’re craving something for desserts, you know where to go for some sweet purple ice cream!

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The Most Scientific Dessert You’ve Ever Seen

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Have you ever had ice cream on your taiyaki? ITS SO GOOD.

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How to cut and bake the Green Tea Biscuits.

One the dough has been refrigerated for an hour, it can be prepared into biscuits. Take the cling film off the dough and roll the entire dough in sugar. Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 3mm thickness discs and place on a greaseproof paper. Make sure to place them with some space in between for the biscuits to expand. 

Place in a pre-heated oven at 160 degrees for 18 minutes. Once baked, remove from the tray and place on a cooling rack to retain the crunch.

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Visited Taiyaki in Chinatown after my stop at Eggloo. Taiyaki is mainly known for their fish-cone shaped waffles with ice cream available in a variety of flavors, including matcha, black sesame, vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. I decided to build my own taiyaki cone and decided to be a bit more adventurous and tried the green matcha and the roasted black sesame ice cream swirl, and went with the traditional red bean paste filling (though I want to try the custard filling next time!). For toppings I got a mochi stick, strawberry drizzle, and rainbow sprinkles. The ice cream definitely was more on the soft serve end (also available in a cup or regular matcha waffle cone), which was a pleasant surprise. The matcha and the black  sesame flavors had more of a kick that initially expected, but they were still definitely cool flavors to try. I’ll probably stick more with my traditional vanilla or strawberry the next time I’m here though. 

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Travel Tuesday: Tjing Tjing is Cape Town’s sexiest rooftop bar. Tjing Tjing Torii, on the floor below, is its elegant offshoot: a petite cobalt-blue dining room with Japanese-inspired pop art murals and a terrific menu of Asian small plates. That means shareable portions of panko-beef tataki, sticky pork bao and matcha-and-toasted-black-sesame ice cream.

Here, more amazing places to eat in South Africa.