New Nitrogen Ice-Cream Parlor Knocks the Rest Out Cold

(JG Photo/Christi Hang).

By : Jakarta Globe | on 1:54 PM June 22, 2013
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(JG Photo/Christi Hang). (JG Photo/Christi Hang).

I like spectacles, I like showmanship, I like seeing ordinary things made in extraordinary fashions, I like science.

So it’s no surprise that I would be head-over-heels for the new LIN Artisan Ice Cream, which makes the freshest ice cream in town.

Each serving is made to order from raw ingredients with liquid nitrogen. You may have to wait a couple of minutes, but you will hardly notice the time while watching the staff make your ice cream from scratch.

Fresh fruits, espresso shots (also made after you order the coffee ice cream), and even some alcoholic elements (try the rum raisin made with a smidge of 40-proof rum and rum-soaked raisins) are transformed into cold, rich and delicious ice cream.

Owner Astrid Hadywibowo said the idea of using liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze ice cream isn’t a new, but LIN (an abbreviation of liquid nitrogen) is a first for Indonesia.

“Our supplier said they aren’t delivering to any other places like this,” Astrid said. “They are only delivering it to hotels for their desserts.”

Astrid also wanted LIN to engage with more than one of the customers’ senses. Ice-cream lovers can see and feel their order being made from soup to nuts in LIN’s open kitchen.

But LIN isn’t all flash. Astrid said the liquid nitrogen also helps differentiate her ice cream from the big brands in another delicious way. When ice cream is made in bulk in factories and transported to stores and shops, the product goes through many different temperature shifts, which can cause ice particles to develop. But because LIN’s ice cream is made and delivered all at the same time and temperature, it lacks the ice particles and is noticeably creamier.

Astrid said the recipes were developed by an Italian gelato expert whose family has been making the icy sweet treats for generations. Also, for her fruit flavors she chooses varieties that can be easily found locally for freshness and price. Officially opened last week, business is starting to trickle in, and so far, Astrid said lemon is the favorite flavor for grown ups while kids prefer chocolate. Also on the menu is alcoholic ice-cream variations made with real rum, Bailey’s or Guinness.

Even without the show, LIN’s ice cream is delicious and you can really taste the freshness and quality in each overbrimming cup. The next time you’re looking to take care of your sweet tooth, instead of the overpriced imports (Ahem, “Frosty Rock,” anyone), head to LIN for a scoop and a show.

Opens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Jl. Taman Kemang 1 No. 6, South Jakarta

Christi Hang is an editor and writer based in Jakarta who is making her way through Indonesia one shopping mall at a time. She can be reached at christi.hang@gmail.com.

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