Charlie Buttrey

May 27, 2020

Hong Kongers who miss the heady days of last fall’s pro-democracy protests can relive the eye-watering tang of tear gas at a local ice cream shop, which is selling the new flavor as an homage to the protest movement. “We roast and then grind whole black peppercorns and make them into gelato,” says proprietor Chung Yiu-wa, who noted that he tried other combinations, including wasabi and mustard, before landing on the peppercorns.

The flavor is selling well.

“It feels difficult to breathe at first, then it’s really pungent and irritating,” says customer Anita Wong, who was gassed in the protests. “It makes me want to drink a lot of water immediately.”


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