Ice Cream Man

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. Each post will be associated with a letter of the alphabet with the theme ‘Malaysiana

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When I was a child, I’d eagerly wait for the the sound of a handbell being rung followed by motorcycle honking. When I did hear it, I’d run to the gate and wait for the ice cream man to make one more round of my neighbourhood so that I can wave him down. In Malaysia, we didn’t use to have ice cream trucks, rather ice cream was sold by men riding motorcycles with a cold box on the back of it.

When they’re not driving around neighbourhoods, the ice cream man would sometimes park at schools waiting for kids to get out or at parks on the weekends.

icecream-manThe variety of ice cream sold would be displayed on the box, along with the price. So, you’d just point at which ice cream you wanted, get your cash ready and the ice cream man would open the box and reach in to get the ice cream you wanted!

Some of the ice cream I’d crave would probably not be as familiar to non-Malaysians. One of the cheapest ones I used to get as a kid cost only 10 Malaysian cents and it’s not quite an ice cream but rather a sweet drink poured into a long tube-like plastic bag which is then frozen.

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We’d chew off the plastic from one end and then suck on the frozen icy concoction! Another favourite would be ice cream scooped into cones although usually the choices of ice cream flavours would only be limited to three types and most often it would be corn, chocolate or durian!

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It’s quite rare to hear the ice cream man’s handbell these days but whenever I’m in the mood for ice cream and see the familiar motorcycle with the ice cream box on the back, I’d revisit my childhood.

What’s your favourite type of ice cream?

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18 thoughts on “Ice Cream Man

  1. 10cents only! My favourite was grape ice lolly yummy! Oh I recall one more flavour of ice cream – purple was yam! Who in the right mind makes yam ice cream??? It was sedap though 😂

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  2. The ice cream man makes me thing of my childhood, too!

    In Spain, we had that kind of plastic bag ice, too. But we bought them liquid, then put on the freezer at home. So I’m not sure they were intended to be eaten frozen…

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  3. We always had an ice cream truck that drove through the neighborhoods and that was an anticipated event every day in the summers. Where I live now in Los Angeles summer will bring out armies of guys with pushcarts going around neighborhoods and through the parks.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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