If you still dunk your cookies in milk, you seriously need to get with the programme. Haven’t you heard? Liquid nitrogen is the way to go. Take your cookie, dip it in liquid nitrogen and eat it semi-frozen while you breathe out cold smoke like a dragon in winter.
So who came up with this latest craze to hit the Klang Valley? Frostbite. Available exclusively at OW:L Espresso in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Frostbite is the brainchild of four friends who wanted to get a little Heston Blumenthal action of their own.
“We discovered this frosty treat while watching food videos online and were immediately drawn to it. We couldn’t sleep until we found out how to produce similar effects with food that we make in our kitchen,” says co-founder Brian Lee.
There are two Frostbite sets available: Cookie Avalanche (RM13) that comes with bite-sized oatmeal and black velvet cookies, and additional macarons with the Frosty Treat (RM17).
The tray arrives with a metal flask containing liquid nitrogen – and an eight-second dunking rule is applied here.
“To dunk it for less than eight seconds would produce less vapour, and dunking it for more than that would freeze the cookies, although it would create a whole lot of vapour,” says Lee.
The initial contact with the cold cookie takes a little getting used to, but exhaling that first breath of vapour is really fun. Customers are encouraged to breathe with their mouths slightly open, as it would reduce the chance of the cookie sticking to their tongue. That’s no fun.
Of course there is always the question of health and safety when it comes to liquid nitrogen, and the people behind Frostbite have taken that into consideration.
“Using liquid nitrogen in food is practised all over the world. The boiling point for liquid nitrogen is about -196°C and in our current room temperature, it would basically evaporate almost immediately off our food hence making it safe for consumption.”
But they also want their clients to be cautious when handling the material.
“Dining with liquid nitrogen is as basic as dining at your favourite steamboat restaurants. You generally do not dip your fingers into or ingest the boiling hot soup. So do treat our liquid nitrogen as you would treat hot oil,” he says.
Currently, Frostbite only offers cookies and macarons with their liquid nitrogen, but that is about to change soon.
“We are planning to introduce popcorn, meringues and perhaps even a beverage to go with it, but rest assured that we will always ensure customer satisfaction and that it is worth the price that they are paying.”
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