Tale As Old As The Ais - Georgetown, Penang

The citizen might not easily spot on this little store whereas it's apparently a favourite pit stop for the backpackers who are in their journey to explore or wander in the heart of Georgetown. Little did you know that there's a tale - difficult to believe over its little yet warming story created continuously along the operation of The Ais, a homemade ice cream store run by Oong's family.

Admittedly, I just can't help but being hooked at Tale As Old As Time where it's apparently, part of a little contribution to the title of this post. But, The Ais truly deserves for such a unique title, simply because this entry is more to spreading awareness instead of purely my humble review on the homemade ice cream.

The life-long mission in the core of The Ais, Make Children Smile blessings project. This is to help the helpless land and children in Isan, northeastern region of Thailand, bordering Laos and Cambodia. The Ais operates beyond than selling ice cream, not to mention, they invest their time to prepare it wholeheartedly to bring hope to the children, based on their resources.

I bet many of you, deep down understanding that a great production is simply an assembly of passion/huge interest, relentless of failure and re-attempt plus discovering and not to forget, long term of perseverance.

Partnering with The Ais, you can also make a so called win-win contribution to help the unfortunates too. Simply a scoop of ice cream, not a big deal to you right? Better yet, there are up to 16 unique flavours of ice cream available, I'm confident that your satisfaction and surprise guaranteed!
PS: Buy 2 Free 1 scoops is happening from time to time, make sure you follow The Ais Facebook Page to get the real-time updates from them.

Here's some of my recommendations for you in order to create good deeds for the sake of your tummy and most importantly, the children's happiness.

Double & Waffle (RM 15.90)
Two scoops up of your choice among 16 flavours of ice cream and freshly made waffle.

Ice cream flavour: Banana + Green Tea
Simply a wonderful tea break choice for me! The big highlight, certainly, goes to the homemade ice cream. Frankly, it is the purest flavour I've ever tasted in Penang (Despite being a big fans of New Zealand Natural Ice Cream). 

  • Banana flavoured ice cream contains a faint taste of lemon as the latter one is added to avoid oxidization happens in banana flavoured ice cream.
  • Green Tea flavoured ice cream is at the right level of bitterness which is to my own liking (No additonal sugar added though)
  • Waffle itself is smaller in serving as compared to that of others. Moderately crispy outside and fluffy. We don't get to the starchy taste, simply just the fragrance of leavened batter. 

Nutella Guinness (Single Scoop / RM 8.90)
A scoop portion is relatively larger at The Ais (which excites us the most)
We love this alcohol-based where it unleashes at the back of throat, giving us sort of refreshing tasting experience.

Promising to be a natural and fresh ice cream store, no stabilizer is added during the preparation of the ice cream. That's simply explains on its melting starts so much quick (shortly after it is served and we start to take photo). In other words, this also means that you are safe from plant, bacteria and animal-by products in consuming it.

Water Kefir (RM 8.90)
Available in Roselle, Coconut, Pineapple, Lemon, Passion Fruit and Nutmeg
Not our go-to sipping choices despite it has a number of healthy benefits. Carrying a tiny bits of burnt and sour vinegar at times.

More about the ice cream
  • Grab your favourite unique flavour such as Horlicks, Cinnamon Plum, Butterly Pea, Charcoal Cheese
  • Vegan ice cream are coconut, mango, avocado and Gula Melaka
  • Time-consuming in the preparation - from cooking the custard, chill overnight, churn till smooth and freeze till harden. All these prepared at the premise, and only serve customer 2 days after. 
Save the location for your driving convenience now!

 (Scaling Point: 0 - Lowest; 5 - Highest)
Price: 3.5/5 (Compatible with franchise ice cream outlet, even, more valued)
Taste: 3 + 0.5 / 5 (Another 0.5 denoted by "homemade" - no chemical fertiliser/ artificial colour/ MSG)
Cleanliness: 4/5 (One of the few cafes which is clean and in neat arrangement)
Dining Ambience: 3 + 0.5 / 5 (Air-conditioned indoor seating +  interior mural paintings by Oong's children)
Vehicle Parking: 2.5/5 (Street parking, might be tricky during peak lunch hour)
Business Hour:  2pm - 10pm (Closed on Mondays)
Address: 473, Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, Penang. 
Contact: +605 261 0427 (Jonathan Oong)
Facebook Page: The Ais (click me)
Possible for return visit? YES

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Deepest gratitude to Mr Jon and his family for extending the invitation and hosting us