April 5, 2005

Häagen-Dazs and Hot Pot/Fondue

POST #    1635

In China, American franchises, products and stores are all slightly different from their original American form. McDonald's has the fried pies that I love so much and Häagen-Dazs is also a sit-down ice cream store. While in the Xin Tian Di area of Shanghai, we stepped into a Häagen-Dazs because someone had a craving for something sweet. Cough, cough.

There were a whole bunch of strange drinks that we couldn't really decipher as well as your standard ice creams. Nothing really all that different on the ice cream front - a green tea, mango, red bean, but nothing too crazy. We opted for the ice cream hot pot/fondue.

The hot pot (not really hot pot, but I believe that's what was on the menu)/fondu dish had something like 14 different small scoops of ice cream, some fruit, wafers, and both chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces. To dip the balls of ice cream, they give you these handy forks that were pretty much long seafood-forks. Great concept, but it doesn't really work that well. The ice cream is so hard that when you try to stick the fork into the balls of ice cream, they squirt away. And the flame that is warming the dipping sauces comes from a candle. Eventually, the ice cream melts enough that the chance of losing ice cream is reduced.

The cost was $200 RMB, which is about $25 USD, kind of pricey.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Travel at 7:58 AM

 

 

OMG!!!!!! thats my heaven!

Posted by: shannan at April 5, 2005 9:06 AM

Of course the Chinese would have this: It's insane, impractical, and totally awesome.

Posted by: Jen at April 5, 2005 11:14 AM

$25? That is nothing. Isn't that the price for one scoop in the US?

Posted by: neps [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 5, 2005 2:21 PM

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