David from Udders has done what I have always dreamed about – to own a little ice cream parlour serving happy people, with home-made flavours you can only think of, matched with a little blackboard for the classroom atmosphere.
It is a huge career switch, from English teacher to ice-cream maker, but the risk taken has paid of. As David shared with me, “You only live once, why not do something you enjoy?” As he said it, he was humorously digging at his own weight, a result of his diet of ice cream since his childhood days till his constant experimentation now.
In a way, I am a little envious of his success, yet happy because he seems to be a sincere and humble person from the last interview I had with him. I first got to know about Udders from Anna’s Omy Blog, though it wasn’t the ice cream that first caught my attention, but the blackboard. (Hey, I really did think about that idea. All right, it’s probably every teacher’s idea. Haha.)
Scribbled with many possible ice cream flavours you can think of, and I saw a few possible and likely-delicious ones like Ribena-Yogult, Milo-Dinosaur and Mojito. The very thought of it excites me. These are written by customers and the top voted flavour will get its chance to be R&Ded into the next possible sold flavour. I also saw some like Hokkien Mee and Ban Mian, but never say never if you have seen ice cream in Japan and Taiwan. Udders has just successful created a Choya ice cream. Ah…
An udder is the mammary organ of female cattle and some other mammals, including goats and sheep. And as David the “Chief Milkman” and Yan Li the store manager proclaims, the ice cream here is fresh as though it’s squeezed out right from the cow. Indeed, there is a milky dense taste with a smooth smooth texture, just suitably delicious for me.
The Liqueur Flavours
Well, Udders isn’t the first kid in the block with Asian and local inspired flavours, but it’s the alcoholic ones which probably attracted a lot of the working class and young adults to flock down in groups. As advised by the smiley counter staff, having 3 scoops of the alcoholic ones (Rum Rum Raisin, Bailey’s & Bourbon, Orange Choc Bitters, Amaretto Black etc) has alcoholic content equivalent to drinking one can of beer. Real-stuff, cannot bluff.
During my interview with David, he kept emphasizing on the importance of catering to the needs of the customers. I think that’s probably the whole basis on this shop’s concept, to do things that people want. With another branch coming up next, the ice cream parlour full of life and heart is set to do bigger things. Great alcoholic ones, and yes, don’t get drunk on ice cream!
U.d.d.e.r.s Ice Cream, 155 Thomson Road Goldhill Shopping Centre, Tel: +65 6254 6629
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu: 12noon – 11pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: 12noon – 12am