One of my favorite comfort food is ice cream, especially in this season where it gets warmer by the second. Ice cream, being popular and loved in the country, can be enjoyed in different flavors. I read somewhere that your favorite ice cream flavor says a thing or two about your personality. My favorite is definitely Vanilla, which according to the read, I am “ a colorful, dramatic risk taker who relies more on intuition than logic, emotionally expressive and idealistic”. I’ll take that.
Other favorites will be chocolate, pistachio, rocky road, cookies and cream, and the very Filipino, cheese. But what if you favorite ice cream isn’t anywhere near these flavors? What if your favorite is so different and unique? What does that say about you?
I have recently discovered the most interesting flavors of ice cream that are very Filipino in every way. And I found them all in a restaurant in Bicol.
First on my list is the SILI ice cream. Yes, you read it right. Sili or chili pepper is distinctively Bicol. Bicolanos love their spicy food and now, with pure ingenuity, turned this favorite into a spicy dessert. With its pink to reddish color, you would never know you are in for a treat. You can even mistake it for a strawberry flavored ice cream, the only give away is the sili garnished on top.
The first taste of the ice cream is ordinary, but after a few seconds, there is a certain kick that tastes of pimiento and a distinct spice. I guess if you love this ice cream flavor, it says that you are... adventurous.
Second flavor I tried is the Pili ice cream. Pili is a nut that is abundant in the Philippines, especially in the Bicol region. Pili delicacies are everywhere in the area, from biscuits to candies, and now famously turned into ice cream.
This flavor is creamery and has just the right taste. With pili nuts garnished on top and a caramelized pili flavor, this one became a hit for me. If you like this flavor, you are sweet and unassuming. Just simply outstanding.
The last flavor is Malunggay. This green plant is famous for its health benefits but never as a dessert, so I was really surprised to see it on the menu. And then it came: green, chilled and unexpected.
My first taste of it was, well, a challenge. I did not know what to expect and I’m not one to experiment with food. With it being malunggay, I expected it to taste like salad. And it did, chilled salad exactly. Honestly the taste is not for me, but the people I’m with on that dinner finished it so I guess it’s an acquired taste. So if you like this flavor, I guess you are... healthy?
Each serving of ice cream (1scoop) is 75php ($1.8).
Experimenting and trying out new things may lead you to the not-so pleasant to the utterly delicious. Do not be afraid and have fun on your food trips!
Make sure to try these delicious desserts at 1st Colonial Grill in Sagpon, Daraga, Albay.
To get there:
There are branches at -
-Old Albay district Rizal St. Legazpi City
-SM City Naga
-Gaisano Mall in Legazpi City
+63 52 4831212