Open until June 2018
In the universe of vegan ice-creams, coconut milk is considered king. Creamy and rich, it provides the fat component necessary to bind ingredients.
But Chacha’s Bondi is a nut-based ice-cream shop.
The pop-up (open until June 2018) is the sister to Nalini’s Wholesome Streetfood, a Bondi Junction cafe. The menu at Chacha’s (“uncle” in Hindi) is similar to Nalini’s: it’s gluten free, sugar free and full of probiotics.
The ice-cream-making process starts with nut butter. Cashews, peanuts or pistachios are soaked in water to reduce phytic acid, a so-called “anti-nutrient” that’s found in plant-based foods. The nuts are then processed through a stone grinder until they form a paste that’s used as the base for the ice-creams.
Miso-caramel is Chacha’s interpretation of salted caramel. It’s sweetened with dates and rice malt, and the miso gives the ice-cream a satisfying umami aftertaste.
Turmeric is mixed with ginger, cardamom and black pepper. The result is deliciously creamy and has a pleasant but strong bite. Turmeric (which is said to have anti-inflammatory properties) is also in the popcorn ice-cream, but the flavour is gentler, allowing the toasted-popcorn flavour to shine.
In the ice-cream display there are notes explaining that Chacha’s believes dark chocolate is for lowering blood pressure; salted pistachio is for a healthy heart; and cinnamon.