Scoops Westside: Wasabi Coconut Ice Cream Made Me Do It

Matt of Scoops Westside by Caroline on Crack

Matt of Scoops Westside, aka the Enabler

I’ve been on the wagon for a little over a month now. No Trader Joe’s peppermint Jo-Jos, no egg nog and certainly no Scoops ice cream. I decided to start this little dessert strike December 1st. In a cruel twist of fate, this was also the same day that Matt Kang opened his Scoops Westside shop.

Matt pouring Intelligentsia by Caroline on Crack

Matt making coffee the Intelligentsia way.

That didn’t stop me from visiting the new Westside location of one of the best ice cream shops in L.A. After all, it’s in my hood, my blogger buds hang out there and Matt also sells Intelligentsia tea and coffee, pour-over and not from some automatic coffee machine.

Plus, here you can get the same Kenya Gichathaini for a dollar less than at Intelligentsia and you won’t have to stand in a long line of hipsters for it either.

Yet, every time I went into the shop, Matt would entice me with an empty gelato spoon, “You sure you don’t even want a taste?” One time, after I declined his offer yet again, he dipped the small spoon into the salted caramel ice cream, put it in his mouth and withdrew it with an “Mmmm!” Yeah, so mean, but I managed to resist temptation.

We then made a deal. I’d end my dessert strike at Scoops Westside. “Which flavor would you like?” he asked me. And instantly I knew, “wasabi/coconut,” a flavor I first fell in love with back when I had visited the eastside location for the craft beer week preview. Oddly enough, this flavor isn’t exactly popular so Matt would have to special order it from Tai Kim, the “Thomas Keller of ice cream” and owner of the original Scoops.

Wasabi white chocolate coconut ice cream by Caroline on Crack

What got me back on sweets.

I guess not many people can appreciate this beautiful, exotic mixture of flavors. The coconut sweetens and soothes the burn incited by the wasabi. Would be just perfect after a spicy Thai lunch.

Matt had the ice cream ready for me yesterday so even though I’m suffering from an irritating cold, I still made a point to swing by and pick up a pint, courtesy of Matt. But instead of just the original duo, Tai had thrown in some white chocolate. At the store, I tentatively tasted the new flavor combination. I usually hate white chocolate. And here it just seemed to mute the wasabi heat. But Matt assured me that after continual consumption the burn would become apparent. Cool! I enjoy a slow burn.

Sure enough, the more I ate, the more spiciness unfolded. Now, this, I could eat a whole pint of. If you’re intrigued, better grab yourself a scoop of this good stuff now before it disappears this week since there’s no telling when it’ll return.

From Mattatouille:

…this is good ol’ ice cream, that old fashioned treat of Haagen Daas and Baskin-Robbins fame, but with a new twist – more innovative flavors and a bit of a lighter composition.

By the way, if you have some crazy ice cream flavor combos of your own swimming around in your feverish foodie dreams, Matt’s store has the same “Flavors to Suggest” board that the original location has. On there you’ll find the scribblings of mad men and food enthusiasts. “Foie gras and cherry”? “Habanero pistachio”? Wuut?

Tai will visit the board once a week and ponder the suggestions. Some will inspire him, while others will be dismissed. For example, he wouldn’t ever do a foie gras ice cream again as it’s too controversial. As for what I’d suggest? I’m curious what bourbon and ginger would taste like.

Scoops Westside
3400 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90034 (map)
Hours: Mon – Sat: 12pm-10pm
Facebook: Scoops Westside
Twitter: @ScoopsWestside

7 Responses to Scoops Westside: Wasabi Coconut Ice Cream Made Me Do It
  1. DIANA
    January 5, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    All these blogs are making me think I need to make that drive from Palos Verdes and pick up a few pints to take home. I wish there were some way to keep it cooler for the drive home; other than putting it in a insulated bag.

  2. Diana
    January 5, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    ALL of Scoops’ flavors make me do it.

    Hmm… maybe wrong choice of words.

    All of Scoops’ flavors make it impossible for me to ever truly give up dessert for an extended period of time. But especially the banana apple pie one. 😉

  3. Caroline on Crack
    January 6, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Diana #1,
    Have you seen this? It’ll keep your ice cream chilled for an hour and a half depending on the weather: http://www.spoonsisters.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=52824&Category_Code=1007102&Product_Count=94

    Diana #2,
    I know, riiight? I’m definitely going to have to hit the gym a lot more now that I’m back to desserts.

  4. quarrygirl
    January 10, 2011 | 7:25 am

    i can’t wait to check out the new west side scoops! do they still have the three vegan flavors always available like the one on heliotrope?

    also, i’m really glad i read this review. some vegans i know have been boycotting scoops because of the foie gras thing. i’m excited to let them know that flavor is gone for good.

  5. mattatouille
    January 10, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    quarrygirl, we normally have 1-2 vegan flavors a day and eventually hope to have 3-4 a day.

  6. Caroline on Crack
    January 10, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    quarrygirl,
    Glad I could be of help!

    Mattatouille,
    Thanks for the reply.

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