Pong serves handcrafted gelato and sorbets made daily to ensure that only the freshest dessert is served.
Their signature Coconut Gelato and Sorbets are lactose-free and naturally rich in vitamins and minerals.
Coconuts are carefully selected and imported directly from Thailand to complement the gelato with tender coconut flesh and luscious coconut juice.
With gelato scooped into a young Thai coconut and perched on a tiny cup of coconut water, this set-up is bound to already catch some eyes. The gelato on its own is already great. You can choose from a number of gelato flavours and toppings; but for a truly refreshing, authentic Thai coconut experience, I’d say go with coconut flavour. My favourite toppings are nata de coco and aloe vera, both of which go well with the clear coconut water. Don’t forget to also scrape out every last bit of that juicy coconut flesh. It may be hard to do with the flimsy plastic spoons the store provides, but the fresh, supple texture of the coconut flesh itself makes the effort well worth it.
With the sun only bound to get more merciless, Pong is a definite treat at the end of a sunny afternoon. At $5.50, I’d say it’s pretty worth your money. The store’s seats are also never really filled, so use this opportunity to settle down, kick back, and enjoy a piece of Thailand’s most refreshing in the heart of Singapore.
The highlight of this dessert is the coconut ice cream and Pong absolutely aces it. The gelato has a thick and creamy consistency, with each spoonful it leaves behind a delicate mouthfeel that lingers on your tongue.
While their mango gelato is great, the coconut flavor is still the star of the show. The coconut they serve it in, can be a hit-or-miss, but with Pong I always got tender and juicy coconut flesh. Most of the time you can scrape the leftover coconut from the shell with just their little plastic icecream spoon. That’s the litmus test for the perfect coconut.
The coconut flavour hit me hard. It was quite concentrated and strong, but not to the point where it is artificial. The rich taste of coconut sets it apart from other ordinary coconut ice cream. I really liked the combination of nata de coco and coconut, but wasn’t a fan of the grass jelly. It created conflicting tastes with the coconut that I didn’t enjoy. If not for the price, I wouldn’t mind a second serving of the coconut ice cream. All I could think of was the 50 Baht ($2) coconut ice cream they sell in Thailand.
The $5.50 covers a cup of coconut water that has a one-time refill if you upload a photo of Pong and tag their Instagram account. I definitely got my refill.
Located conveniently in town at *SCAPE, Pong offers the conventional gelato in a husk, perched on top of a cup of coconut water, with a choice of 3 toppings. I chose the azuki red bean, nata de coco, and cornflakes, which my server, sadly, seemed to scrimp on. It could be due to the too-small size of the coconut husk though - the limits of the size of your serving really relies on which coconut husk is bestowed unto you. The gelato was smooth, but the sweetness a little overbearing.
My verdict - quite overrated. I compare this $5.50 dessert with a 3.00RM coconut ice-cream in a husk I had gotten at a random hawker stall in Penang, and I see no drastic difference. I haven’t had coconut gelato from Thailand though, so I wouldn’t know if it’s comparable.