HARBIN, China - Called the "Moscow of the East," Harbin in Heilongjiang Province was originally built by Russians. A specialty on Zhongyang Street, a busy shopping area lined with Western-style buildings, is the ice cream of Modern, a long-established ice cream parlour.
Modern, which uses only milk, eggs, sugar and water in its ice cream, still uses the same production methods that it did when it was founded in 1906. It is interesting that the ice cream does not taste fatty though it is rich. The price is 10 yuan (S$2.05) per cup.
Outside the shop, ice cream bars are sold at 3 yuan each. The bars are very popular, with the shop selling about 10,000 a day in the summer and several thousand even in midwinter when temperatures drop to minus 20 deg C or lower, according to shop employees.
Guan Shaoyun, 40, who has ice cream at Modern at least once a week, said: "I like it for its nostalgic taste, which isn't available elsewhere. When I take relatives and friends who visit Harbin to the shop, everyone loves the ice cream."
Makita is a correspondent in Shenyang.