FroYo For Real? (Tutti Frutti @ De Garden, Ipoh)May 24, 2010 | 11,518 views
In life there will be missed opportunities, and there are those times when you secretly wished that you have done one particular action sooner; as soon as you get your hands on them. We call it ‘seizing the opportunity‘ …. or getting into the thick of the action.
No, this post ain’t about grieving over dearly departed ones, nor wobbling over lost contacts. Someone once asked me to write about places for desserts in Ipoh; with no regards to the existence (abundance?) of the Secret Recipe’s, the Gold Visions, nor the glitzy-yet-down-to-earth Tong Sui‘s(sweet soups) from Tong Sui Kai, or Funny Mountain’s velvety Tau Fu Fah.
Ahhhh …. to imagine being in those shoes once again, without a care in the world! WHAT?? What riots in Bangkok? Volcanic ash from Ejyajallaf … (etc etc)? AH1N1’s the latest R2D2 ?!!!!
Due to procrastination and forgetfulness, I missed writing about Essence Plus (a quaint Taiwanese cafe in Ipoh Garden East, serving an array of healthy foods and drinks, but has since closed … sadly), while San Marco Polo Ice-Cream Parlour (With years of history, they made their own ice-cream with a supposedly first-in-Ipoh ice-cream machine) chose to cease operations just when I was about to go for a second visit.
The weighing machine at the end of the check-out counter, just right after you pile everything onto your scoops/squeezed/dispensed FroYo @ Tutti Frutti
And so, when Jason made it back one blistering weekend, we settled for a tummy-warming Thai feast in Bercham, followed closely by an impromptu exodus to the relatively new (opened since April 2010) Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt (or FroYo, for short) kiosk at De Garden Ipoh.
Thankful for the staff whom proceeded to show each and every one of their customers on the self-served mechanism at Tutti Frutti
Definitely more healthy than your usual pampering indulgences masquerading as ‘merely appeasing the sweet tooth saga‘ of ice-cream @ Baskin Robbins, Haagen-Dazs (not here in Ipoh … yet?) or even sinful chocolatey affairs at Theobroma or Schokolart.
Six flavours being rotated on a daily basis, so you won’t feel bored after the umpteenth visits. Not to mention the 20 or so assorted toppings/condiments.
Priced at RM5.30/USD1.70 per 100 grams, you don’t actually feel the weight UNTIL it’s a little too late. So don’t pile a rubble if this is your first time. Your bowl of FroYo might cost you a bomb (albeit a healthier one?) before you know it.
When we were there that afternoon, Tutti Frutti was offering flavours such as Green Apple, Triple Berry Smoothie, Mango Delight, French Vanilla, Original Tart and Death By Chocolate. You can mix and match the flavours, or stick to one if you feel like it. First you take the container which comes in two sizes, then you proceed to the dispenser for your FroYo(s) of choice.
I am hopeless with my buttered fingers. But art is a touchy, subjective matter … is it not?
Then you proceed to the counter with all the toppings, condiments, sauces, and such to complete your masterpiece (or in my case, the mildly devastating pile of rubble). From cornflakes, gummy bears, fresh fruits to candied fruits, colourful Smarties and drizzled (or doused, depending on your state of sugar-deprived depression that occasion) with the Hershey’s syrups.
This entertaining fiasco is a riot for the young ones, indefinitely. Seeing their child customizing each bowl with sheer creativity and eagerness, the parents can only look on with a glimmer of pride in their eyes … until the bowl topples over from the abundance of yoghurt + toppings, and their wallets suddenly felt much lighter than before ……
The zesty fruit flavours (Original Tart & Triple Berry) came out tops, edging out the generic Death By Chocolate (which tasted exactly like the its generic ice-cream cousin). The French Vanilla was rather good though; with a suave and smooth finish.
Good to see the signboard being populated with bigger names as we go along …..
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yoghurt is brought to you by Naza Group of Companies, this being the 7th outlet in Malaysia. All the other six outlets are situated in the Klang Valley. The full list of branches can be found on their website HERE.
“So, do you FROYO?”
Tutti Frutti @ De Garden Ipoh,
Lot No G-OR-3, Ground Floor, De Garden,
No 3, Persiaran Medan Ipoh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Situated between Pappa Rich and T.O.S Coffee Bistro @ De Garden.