IKEA Taiwan ‘Ice Dog’ sparks heated discussion online

瑞典知名家居品牌IKEA近日推出美食新產品「冰狗」|the Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently launched a new snack item, "Ice Dog", a hot dog burger with ice cream in the middle. (Courtesy of @jl_ksupfe/IG)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently launched a new snack in Taiwan, the “Ice Dog” — a hot bun filled with mouthwatering ice cream. Thanks to its growing popularity, global fashion magazine HYPEBEAST also reported on the new food item launched by IKEA Taiwan, causing heated discussions among foreigners in Asia.

The summer treat took Taiwan by storm, with many photos of “Ice Dogs” circulating on social media, and the wildfire has even spread to other countries. After HYPEBEAST, headquartered in Hong Kong, reported this Taiwanese summer delicacy, the post attracted many Malaysians who commented, “We already have it!”

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA recently launched a new snack item, “Ice Dog”, a hot dog burger with ice cream in the middle. (Courtesy of IKEA Taiwan)

The “Ice Dog” is similar to Malaysian childhood dessert “toast with ice cream,” which is considered a national dish in Malaysia.

In response to the report, many Malaysian netizens posted pictures of traditional desserts of their home country. 

Some commented: “Have been having this from the 80s. Way behind time over there,” while another said that our country has been eating it forever, it’s not a new thing.

Another wrote: “When you finally catch up to Malaysian Desserts.” 

In addition to Malaysians, Filipinos also took pictures of ice cream with toast, saying that they also have ice cream with toast in their hometown.

According to IKEA Taiwan, only stores in Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei’s Dunhua North Road stores are selling “Ice Dogs” for NT$25 each as of press time.