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Natthaphorn Ice Cream

Posted date:  December 22, 2006
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Thanks to the vigilance of devoted readers such as Austin from Bangkok (apparently I’m not the only one), I’m kept abreast of developments in the fast-moving world of the city’s food scene. However today’s entry is not even remotely fast moving. Natthaphorn, an unassuming street side ice cream shop in Olde Bangkok has been scooping for at least 60 years. I’d heard of it before, but hadn’t yet visited, so today after an excellent lunch at the nearby Chotechitr, and with Austin’s praise in mind, I finally made it to Natthaphorn’s with friends Ron, Carla and Giovanna:

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As the sign in the first pic indicates, they have three flavours: coconut, chocolate and coffee:

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The maphrao on, or young coconut ice cream is the shop’s most famous:

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It contains no milk; only coconut cream and tender coconut meat, and like many Thai sweets that contain these ingredients, a very subtle salty flavour. The texture is slightly more “icy” than Western-style ice cream, but is still smooth, and the ice cream seems to take its sweetness from the coconut, rather than added sugar.

I think Ron liked it:

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The chocolate:

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and coffee varieties are made using milk, and are more or less similar to Western-style ice cream, but were also delicious.

The friendly third-generation owner says that she does other flavours on occasion, including “milk tea” and passion fruit, among others. Because Thai-style ice cream is often served with sticky rice, we suggested that she do a mango ice cream in an effort to capture the flavours of the famous Thai dessert, mango and sticky rice. She said she’d do it if we promised to come back. We’ll be back.

Natthaphorn Ice Cream
94 Phraeng Phuthorn
02 221 3954

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7 Comments for Natthaphorn Ice Cream


I think it’s a Californian thing to have mango ice cream. I’ve lived in NYC and I haven’t really heard of it until I moved out West. Great post! I miss ‘real’ Thai coconut ice cream.

Austin,
This is one of my favorite blogs of 2006(the year I actually took time to figure out what a blog was). It obviously is about food, it’s about Thai food, which is one of my favorites,it has excellent photos,and (so far) has NOT included a picture of a cat.
Cheers!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Austin, TX,
Frank

Hi Austin,

hello from Berlin, Germany! While preparing our Christmas dinner I found your recipes for nam prik gapi, and of course your blog.

It’s great! I am a Thai food addict, and all your stories are made for me!

A big fat THANK YOU and happy Christmas!

Dorrie

That dude in the picture has no neck!

Rice and ice cream? Interesting.

Austin –

Glad you finally made it. You forgot one thing, the place is set in a quite a charming locale, away from a busy side street and facing a little park/courtyard of sorts that is the perfect place for a long ice cream break. I still have to go to Chokechitr but it’s on my to do list for this weekend…

Best, Austin (the other one in Bangkok)

It’s a lovely place…..still remember how sweet it is.

Real thai coconut is like water… Why you guy miss that?? I tasted that when i visit thai for the first time.



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