There is a great Chinese restaurant in my home town. Chinese is the predominant language spoken by its customers. This really adds to the atmosphere of believing that we are eating authentic Asian food. One of the specialities of the house is Hot Ice-cream Balls. I have a sneaky feeling that this is not a traditional recipe as I understand that Chinese cuisine does not offer a wide range of Chinese desserts. Anyway, I always without fail leave room in my tummy for Hot Ice-cream Balls. After patronising this restaurant for a considerable time, I plucked up enough courage one night toward the end of the evening, when only a few customers were left, to ask the waiter if I could have the recipe. No, to be honest, I begged for the recipe. :) After much to-do which involved remaining customers and a lot broken English, I managed to get this recipe. 90% of the recipe can be made way ahead of time but it only takes 3 seconds to cook the balls. It seems like a lot of mucking around but it really is worth the effort for the treat that is certain to please.