The Bangkok heat can be a great challenge when you have an entire day of touring and shopping planned. Don’t worry, because the warm climate is actually the perfect excuse to stop for a refreshing Thai coconut ice cream.
It was the Europeans who introduced ice cream to this Southeast Asian country, but the locals didn’t waste time making the refreshment their own.
What makes Thai coconut ice cream different from all the other ice creams is the use of rich coconut cream as its base instead of the usual cow’s milk. The creamy coconut base is generously sprinkled with real coconut bits whose texture is a wonderful contrast against the smooth creaminess.
Nowadays, it is not unusual to see Thai coconut ice cream topped with kernels of corn, toasted peanuts, or cubes of sweet jelly. You can even buy Thai coconut ice cream sandwiched in between pieces of bread!
Here are the best places to enjoy Thai coconut ice cream in Bangkok: Nattaporn Ice Cream (Phraeng Phuthon, Phra Nakhon); Chatuchak Market (Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak); and Baan Peeraka (41/37 Romklao Road, Min Buri).
Price of Thai coconut ice cream in these places ranges from 12 baht ($0.35) to 20 baht ($0.58).