These days, going for ice cream has turned into a sit-down event. Cones of single flavoured scoops topped with sprinkles and a few chopped nuts is just so, well, vanilla. In Bangkok, artisanal ice cream boutiques have gone all creative with a once humble treat. Here are 8 of the best.
1. Emack & Bolio’s. A familiar name for Bostonians, the quirky Emack & Bolio’s has landed in Bangkok, with branches at CentralWorld and Nichada Plaza. Indulge in their obscenely large scoops of creamy ice cream, with flavours such as Grasshopper Pie, Chocolate Moose and Original Oreo, topped with homemade hot fudge. Also, beat the heat with ice cream pizza, tangy fruit sorbets, frozen yogurt smoothies and decadent milkshakes.
2. Milk Solid Nitrogen. Here, at the Central Ladprao and Convent Road branches, kids will get to witness the magic of seeing ice cream whipped into creation in 30 seconds flat with a blender and blasts of liquid nitrogen. This ‘scientific laboratory’ approach isn’t just for show – the rapid freezing process stops ice crystals from having time to form, making the finished product far smoother in texture.
3. Many Cups. What’s not to love about a self-service premium frozen yogurt bar with flavours such as melon, chocolate, honey lemon, berries, lychee and banana? The aptly-named Many Cups, located at K Village, also features an impressive toppings bar, comprised of crunchy cereal, chocolate chunks and fresh fruits, that will get everyone on a high. Bonus: The store has a back door that leads right to a small playground.
4. Farm to Table Organic Café. Getting kids to eat their vegetables is never easy, but this café, located behind Pak Klong Talad flower market, manages to sneak some into their frozen confectionary, using freshly grown produce from its own farm as natural flavourings. So when you’re taking a lick of your pumpkin, carrot or potato ice cream, you can do so knowing they’ve been made using wholesome ingredients. More familiar varieties include strawberry, passion fruit and chocolate.
5. Café Little Spoon. This charming little café in Asoke offers a Thai take on premium ice cream, with a diverse array of flavours, from matcha (green tea) and black sesame soy milk to passion fruit sorbet and caramel macchiato. Also, sample a range of delicious drinks, including milkshakes, and cakes.
6. Tongue Fun Ice Cream. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying that enjoying an ice cream out in the sun. This street-side stall on Plubplachai Road might have you anticipating the melting, ice cream-dribbling-down-fingers variety, but fear not. Instead, your frozen treat comes served in a mor fai or hot pot. For those averse to the outside heat, a second outlet has opened at Terminal 21’s upstairs food court.
7. Creamery Boutique Ice Creams. Bacon and egg ice cream anyone? That’s one of the more peculiar flavours you’ll find on the menu in this trendy little parlour in new Tha Maharaj Community Mall. You might also be intrigued to try Bread Toast, Super Baby Milk Powder, or the obscurely titled Marry Me (a combination of vanilla and rosemary). A popular creation is one where the ice cream is served atop a warm, just-baked cookie.
8. Natthaporn Ice Cream. Sometimes, there’s no substitute for the old way of doing things. Located on Tanao Road (near Khao San), Natthaporn has been making ice cream for over 60 years, and the only flavour once offered was coconut. Just a few classic flavours have been added since then, including chocolate, coffee and mango. You can also add Thai-style toppings such as lotus seeds, corn and shredded coconut.