HELLO ELVIS, HELLO DESSERTS!

Soft serve ice cream differs from regular ice cream by having air introduced during its freezing process, giving it a smoother and lighter t...

Soft serve ice cream differs from regular ice cream by having air introduced during its freezing process, giving it a smoother and lighter texture. This icy cold dessert grew its popularity in recent years as many soft serve joints were set up in the Klang Valley and Selangor. In fact, soft serve ice cream has actually been around commercially for decades, from way back in the 1930s. 

The soft serve ice cream trend in Ipoh is growing slowly, ever since Milkcow from South Korea established a branch in this small town. Hello Elvis joined the local soft serve scene since February this year. Set in the middle of the old shop houses, its huge signboard screams for your attention. Surrounded by kopitiams and restaurants, including the famous Lou Wong bean sprout chicken, Hello Elvis is an ideal stop for ice cream after a meal on a sunny day.

Besides being inspired by the late Elvis Presley, there is also a more significant story behind the name. Two sisters who founded this parlour, named it Hello Elvis in memory of their father, who was a huge fan of Elvis Presley. Its interior is beautifully decorated with pop art paintings of the King of Rock and Roll, and a drum set designed table! It gives off strong retro vibes from the moment you step into the building. 
It was a hot sunny Thursday afternoon when my friend and I decided to chill ourselves with ice cream. The parlour was completely empty when we came because it was on a weekday, and we literally had the whole place to ourselves! Apparently this place is packed with crowds during weekends.  


The menu displayed a collection of 14 variations of soft serve ice creams served in a cup, while there were 5 others that come in different forms such as waffles, cones, affogatoes, and brownies. Besides desserts, you may also order some snacks for your tea time which ranges from cheesy wedges to coney dogs. 
I ordered the Curious Churros soft serve ice cream in chocolate flavour. Not only because I was curious of their ice cream, but I really like the combination of churros and ice cream. The soft serve ice cream was served cold, almost at subzero temperature by coating the cup with a layer of liquid nitrogen. This gives off a smoky effect for the ice cream, besides keeping it chilled. The cool smoke wears off after a few minutes, giving just enough time for photo taking. 
Curious Churros soft serve ice cream, RM9.50
The presentation of the Curious Churros looks plainly simple. The chocolate twisted soft serve was sprinkled with peanuts and three pieces of warm crunchy churros stood next to it. I took a small scoop of ice cream and sadly, it was below my expectation. The chocolate flavour of the ice cream tasted rather artificial and sweet to be honest. The consistency of the ice cream was quite watery. I was feeling a tad bit disappointed with the ice cream, but the churros cheered me up! I like how freshly served the churros were, like they just came right from the oven. That was probably why Curious Churros require 5-10 minutes of waiting. The churros were warm and crispy and they went pretty well with the cold ice cream.

Better Than Ex Boifren/Gurlfren, RM 12
Such a funny name given by Hello Elvis. It’s probably a great dessert for someone to get over their exes. This version of soft serve was sprinkled with choc balls and cereals and accompanied with a piece of Kinder Bueno and a few marshmallows dipped in chocolate sauce. My friend picked the vanilla flavour for this and it tasted very sweet to me. The chocolate coated marshmallows intensified the sweetness, and I felt a surge in my blood sugar level, resulting in instant hyperglycemia. I got a sugar rush after tasting it! Guess that’s an effective method for getting over your ex, which is by settling down for something sweeter!
 Cheesy Wedges, RM 7.50

The cheesy wedges tasted pretty normal actually. The sauce was not as good as KFC’s, as I could hardly taste the cheese.
Overall, Hello Elvis is getting it right, and sets the bar for the other independent soft serve dessert joints in Ipoh. I love how creative they were in coming up with so many variations of ice cream on the menu as well as their quirky names. Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement in terms of the quality and taste of their soft serve ice cream. I will definitely be back for their brownies, as I have heard some good reviews about it!

Address: 124, Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Taman Jubilee, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Operating hours: Mon, Wed & Thurs 2pm - 11pm 
Fri, Sat & Sun 1pm - 11pm 
Closed on Tuesdays











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23 comments

  1. Churros with ice cream is nice!! Just got similar one here at Gurney Plaza, Penang last week. Will put this into my itinerary of ipoh trip next round!

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  2. So cutely designed. Just like the many cafes we have here in Korea. Thanks for sharing. I'd definitely visit the next time I'm back in Malaysia.

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  3. what a pretty place.. looks like a nice place to go for a dessert or two with friends or family..

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  4. Place looks smile but pretty, and have enough spaces (not crowded). Are their soft ice creams too sweet, or they have options of non-sweetened ice creams?

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  5. Looks so yummy! Wait what, at Ipoh?
    How come my hometown got this I don't know? XD

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  6. The "Better than Ex Boifren" is LOL!! This looks so yummy, would need to try it if I ever drop by Ipoh! :)

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  7. Now who doesn't love ice cream? Soft serve ice cream is love! Glad to know there's more option available in Ipoh now and definitely will check it out if I'm in Ipoh.

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  8. The ice cream presentation looks nice. Will try it out when we are at Ipoh.

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  9. Been to this place and enjoyed my desserts. All I can say is that a visit to Hello Elvis will definitely stay in your memory for a long time.

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  10. i like the decor. so bright and chirpy! Hello elvis! :D

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  11. Wow I love the Churros with ice cream, so yummy.

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  12. the ice cream presentation looks amazing, i also love how bright and happy the whole cafe looks, will be great for a date there.

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  13. everything is so interesting - from the design to naming of the cafe/dishes. will keep this in mind and pay a visit when i'm in Ipoh next time.

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  14. They look great! But so much of sugar scares me, I am so scared to miss a workout after having these. May be I can taste.

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  15. The store is beautifully designed and very creative too. And to have Churros too - just yummy!

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  16. Love the interior. So nice and a great place to chillax. I am not a fan of dessert.

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  17. Craving for desserts now!! The serving was really huge too, love the yellow and black theme color design!

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  18. Wouldnt mind getting one of the better than my ex boifren. hahahaha. names so cute!

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  19. I am definitely attracted to the churros on this one dear and the interior of this place is stunning. Wouldn't mind checking this place out one of these days.

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  20. The soft serve look yum yum. And the decoration of the cafe is attractive. Next time will go and try their soft serve.

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  21. another softserve place to check out!!!

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  22. Wow, look at all the delicious foods, can't wait to try out at Hello Elvis :)

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  23. Didn't know there's a place like this in Ipoh! The softserve looks yummy!

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