REVIEW|YOLKIN by Sammie Le

 

 

London is like a Pandora’s box when it comes to hidden gems. Whether it be the cheapest, most delicious dim sum restaurant in china town or a long-standing bagel joint in the heart of Shoreditch. We know a good thing when we see it and with word spreading like wildfire, hidden gems turn into great bustling businesses at the blink of an eye.

This is no different in the case of Yolkin founder Sammie Le, with her one woman team of outstanding macaroon ice cream sandwiches.

Trading from Whaam Banhmi on weekends beginning at 12 pm on the corner of great windmill street, Sammie has truly created a buzz among social media with everyone and anyone flocking to taste one of these beauties.

Titled as the UK’s first and ONLY macaroon ice cream sandwiches, Sammie really drew us in with her amazing flavours, simultaneously creating a niche in the market and filling it perfectly.Flavours change every week her most memorable including her signature red velvet, creamy cheese frosting flavoured ice cream, adorned with vibrant scarlet crumbs. She posts the following weekends flavours every Tuesday, creating such a buzz that as 12 pm strikes on Saturday there’s already a long queue of people awaiting their first mouthful of the legendary macaroon sandwiches.IMG_8950

 

 

After following Yolkin for some time, the first chance I got I joined the Sunday morning queue. The energy surrounding this place is quite different to what is usually expected when queuing for something to eat. The masses, eating in the street, taking pictures of their goodies, the woman shooting daggers at her husband who almost dropped her macaroon (an unforgivable sin).The queue moved quite quickly and before you know it you’re face to face with sammie le and her small freezer full of treats.

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Less than an hour and a half after opening, she had already sold the last of my beloved jasmine tea macarons, so I opted for the equally delicious looking mixed berry with my friend choosing the classic red velvet.

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I consider myself somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur, not because I make it particularly well but because I have inhaled enough if it to know when its good or not.The ice cream was silky smooth, full of the natural sweetness of fresh berries and rich cream.

I tasted the red velvet and it was even better, its thick cream cheese ice-cream the perfect balance, not too sweet not too savoury.

Its macaroon shell sweeps you off your feet with its beautifully crisp outer and its chewy sweet inner.Making macaroons is a delicate act which requires such precision.Factors such as quality of ingredients, temperature, and humidity can all spell disaster for an anxious baker but sammie’s macaroons are uniform, delicate and the perfect accompaniment to her incredible ice cream fillings.

I am impatiently awaiting her matcha green tea(my absolute favourite flavour) macaroons to make a comeback,and when they do i’ll be first in line.

Go and follow her Instagram for behind the scenes snaps,where she posts pictures of the process she undertakes whilst  creating these incredible culinary treats.

When longing at the pictures of these jewels is no longer enough,get yourself down there and treat yourself,you deserve it!

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