If you’ve been following us for the past few months/ year, you may know by now that we are such big fans of Japanese and Korean cuisine.
Both working in a Korean company in the past, we found ourselves eating Korean cuisine more than we should. One of the Korean usual desserts I find myself eating are the Samanco ice cream sandwiches you see on groceries. They are these fish-shaped waffle stuffed with vanilla ice cream and a thin layer of red bean paste.
When me and Me-An went to Japan a few years back, there was this one dessert which I really liked. I still remember it up to this day. That dessert is none other than the taiyaki. It’s similar to the Korean Samanco ice cream sandwich I told you about. But, unlike the latter, the Taiyaki tradis the ice cream in exchange for different kinds of noncold filling.
Apparently, we’re not the only ones who are fond of them. Some of our blogger/Youtuber friends, the Wandering Waffleheads, decided to put up a store in order to combine their love for the two desserts.
The end result is the taiyaki parfait of Chibi Chibi Soft Serve. They also added other menu items which revolve on soft serve ice cream. Thus, customers have more dessert choices.
Chibi Chibi Soft Serve is currently located in one of Maginhawa’s numerous food parks called, The Station. Like most food parks, a visitor just has to pick a seat from the identical seats in the common dining area. Customers proceed then to the food stall they find most appealing.
Through the hard work of the couple, they proved that a DIY stall can be aesthetically pleasing so long as you’re creative and resourceful. They’re the ones who came up with the name, logo design, food flags, and decor for the stall. Amazing, right?
What caught our attention is their counter. They filled it with photos of their travel in Japan and Korea. It really brought a personal touch and it can be enjoyed by customers who are waiting for their orders.
No one can resist a sweet treat from children to even adults.
We mentioned that their menu items revolve around soft serve ice cream. The first one we go to try is their MIDORI APPLE FLOAT, PHP 50 (or USD 1). It’s essentially soda with midori (or green) food coloring topped with ice cream and real apple slices. It tastes as expected of am ordinary float. If you want something special, go for their Ichigo Pink Float. We heard its strawberry flavored soda with a slice of real strawberry.
We also go to try their dessert for groups which is the MOCHI MELON BOWL, PHP 300 (or USD 6). A melon bowl is filled with melon balls, soft served ice cream, slices of mochi, chocolate syrup drizzle, and then topped with rice crispies. The concept is really unique. I like that they placed some mochi in their to add some Japanese feel to it.
What we just noticed was that the melon balls were frozen. That made it difficult to bite much less to be enjoyed. We already informed the owners. And we definitely think the one you’ll be trying if ever you order now is the new and improved version.
Finally for their flagship product, we had their TAIYAKI ICE CREAM PARFAIT, PHP 100 (or USD 2). Their style is build your own so we get to choose the filling, crunch, fruit, and topping.
1) Choice for filling:
- Red Bean
2) Choice for crunch:
3) Choices for fruit:
4) Choices for topping:
- Choco Wafer
- Almond Pepero
- Choco Spoon
Everyone can get creative with his/her taiyaki ice cream parfait.
I personally had the one with a custard filling, cereal as crunch, strawberry for fruit, and almond pepero as the topping.
On the other hand, Me-An had Nutella filling, sprinkles as crunch, melon as fruit, and choco spoon for her topping. If you want to have the choco spoon, I suggest for you to purchase as soon as you’re there. They have limited stocks for that bestseller.
Regardless of what filling, crunch, fruit, or topping one picks, I think what’s the most important is the fish-shaped cake used. Chibi Chibi Soft Serve aced it. The batter used in the fish-shaped moding pan is really delicious. So the outcome is a tasty cross of pancake and waffle that’s taiyaki. I just have to note that plain vanilla soft serve ice cream is not ideal for an instagram worthy dessert. It easily melts so it can turn into a mess.
Nevertheless, so long as the ice cream can be consumed within the first three minutes, it’s all good. Dig in to the sweet treat as soon as you can.
Their other menu items that may interest you are the following:
- Hana Ice Cream Pot for SOLO, PHP 100 (or USD 1) and for SHARING, PHP 160 (USD 3.2).
- Fried Oreos, PHP 130 (USD 2.59).
Chibi Chibi Soft Serve offers unique desserts that you usually don’t see here in manila for a decent price. Their sweet treats are a good way to cap off a food park experience.
Chibi Chibi Soft Serve
The Station Food Park, 178 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Operating Hours: 4PM to 12AM on weekdays; and 4PM to 2AM on weekends.