Sangkaya is the latest artisanal ice cream craze in Malaysia, serving fresh coconut ice cream similar to the one in Chatuchak, so you don’t have to fly all the way to Bangkok anymore. 😛 Started off at the street corner of Jalan Alor and pasar malams all over KL, Sangkaya is the establishment of John and Natnicha, who initially planned to open a traditional coffee shop. Due to immense competition, the couple decided to venture into coconut and it turned out to be a huge success, with 32 outlets launched in 2015 nationwide and still counting.
In JB, Sangkaya only has one outlet in Mount Austin, but I’ve seen a “Sangkaya Coming Soon” banner opposite The Ice Cream Project along Jalan Dhoby (read my review here). You definitely need a car to reach here but for Singaporeans who do not drive, fret not, wait for the one in Jalan Dhoby (NOW OPEN). 😉
Sangkaya’s tagline: “Nuts About Coconut”. Coconut is so versatile, therefore Sangkaya’s boss John was really nuts about coconut and utilised every single part of a coconut in his ice cream as much as possible.
Look at all these coconuts. I believe they import their coconuts from Thailand, even the flesh was exceptionally sweet.
This is me getting excited over the self-service toppings counter, and since they don’t allow refills, I had to scoop in large amount of toppings until it overflowed. How exaggerating.
Signature: 4 scoops of coconut ice cream with 3 toppings (RM10.50)
Sangkaya’s coconut ice cream was perfect. It was packed with real coconut flavour, nothing artificial in there. The secret behind this is the usage of the freshest and purest form of coconut milk, which does not dilute its flavour and does ultimate justice to it.
Their signature ice cream served in a coconut husk, comes with fresh coconut flesh hidden beneath the ice cream as well as your own selection of 3 toppings. I chose sweet corn, cereal and coconut flakes, which complemented the coconut ice cream really well. I especially enjoyed the coconut flakes, which were slightly fried till fragrance, with a hint of saltiness and faintly burnt flavour. Highly recommended topping.
Signature: 2 scoops of Cha Yen ice cream & 2 scoops of coconut ice cream with 3 toppings (RM10.50)
Cha Yen is Thai milk tea infused coconut ice cream. I personally felt this wasn’t on par with their coconut ice cream, as it paled in terms of flavour. I would say it tasted alright, but nothing that stood out in particular. Another good thing about Sangkaya’s signature ice cream is that you can mix and match your flavour combinations, so you can try all in one go. They recently launched their green tea flavour which I have yet to try.
Also, Sangkaya’s ice cream is dairy free so it is perfect for vegans. According to John and Natnicha, their ice cream is also free from preservatives so they try to churn out new batches of ice cream daily to ensure optimal freshness of product.
Coconut ice cream topped with grass jelly, chendol, peanuts, corn, gula melaka and coconut flesh. There was this family who came in demanding for cendol without ice cream repeatedly, such an amusing scene watching them bickering with the staffs over this. Don’t enter an ice cream shop if you do not want to eat ice cream. :O
This was surprisingly good and tasted like authentic Malacca cendol, in a glass form. Some of the chendol however, were a tad harder, they probably stored it in the freezer I believe. Sangkaya also serves coconut shake and coconut water, and I bet they taste as good as the ice cream.
I am definitely looking forward to more outlets in JB, hopefully somewhere nearer to my place. 😛 Coconut is one of Malaysia’s signature fruit/tree/nut used as an ingredient in so many dishes, so coconut in ice cream form will undoubtedly satisfy our taste buds. 🙂
Sangkaya Coconut Ice Cream
25, Jalan Austin Height 3, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: +60 18 771 8762
Mon-Sun: 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm
14, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Mon-Sun: 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm