6 Ice Creams Around The World And Where To Find Them In SG

The presence of social media and internet has allowed people to explore the world without actually having to physically travel and globalization has brought many wonderful things, to our shores.

We probably know most of these or have even seen these ice creams, be it on social media, in the countries they originated from or even in Singapore, but how many of us actually know it’s origin or story behind these creation?

America – Baked Alaska

ice creams from american baked alaska

This old-fashioned dessert, which originated from New York City’s Delmonico’s restaurant, is said to have been created to commemorate the purchase of Alaska in 1867. However, some sources attribute the invention of Baked Alaska to Count von Rumford, an 18th-century physicist and pioneer of thermodynamics.

Described as a “dessert food consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue”, some restaurants further heighten the drama by dousing it with liqueur and setting it ablaze at the table. Now the question on everyone’s mind: Why doesn’t it melt? How does the ice cream inside stay frozen for five minutes in the oven? The answer is meringue. The meringue around the ice cream is full of tiny air bubbles, providing insulation for the ice cream. Hence heat transfer is slow as it conducts heat poorly and the ice cream stay protected underneath all the meringue. In reality, there is a lot more to food than just art and that is science. This is a fine example of that.

Find it in Singapore:

Shashlik 

545 Orchard Road
#06-19 Far East Shopping Centre
Singapore 238882

Czech Republic – Doughnut Ice Cream Cones

ice creams from czech doughut ice cream cones

Though they have been dubbed “doughnut ice cream cones”, they aren’t actually doughnuts. Traditionally cinnamon-flavoured pastries from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, trdelník has been around for years and is usually made by wrapping around rods. The pastry is then roasted above an open fire till it turns golden brown. In recent years, however, it has been popularised by Good Food Coffee and Bakery in Prague and they have taken it to the next level by using trdelník as ice cream cones.

These “chimney cakes” are then filled with chocolate or nutella on the inside, followed by ice cream and then topped with toppings of your choice, usually fruits, caramel or nutella. Whatever it is that you pick, you can’t really go wrong. For nutella and ice cream lovers, this is a match made in heaven.

Find it in Singapore:

Chimney SG Scape*

2 Orchard Link, #02-02

Singapore 237978

Japan – Taiyaki

ice creams from japan taiyaki

Taiyaki is a fish-shape cake with red bean filling made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings includes custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato. A classic street vendor snack in Japan, Taiyaki is very popular at street fairs and festivals in Japan.

Tai means “sea bream” and yaki means “grilled/baked”. Hence, Taiyaki literally translates to “baked sea bream”. The original taiyaki iron mold was round and the mold was for making Imagawayaki, a Japanese pancake which is the same as Taiyaki but with a circular shape. Back in Meiji-era (1868 – 1912), Tai was considered a very expensive fish and only eaten for special occasions. The circular shape mold was then changed to the sea bream shape mold, and Taiyaki was born.

So that is how Taiyaki came about and when the ice cream was added, it became a hit. Since Taiyaki is made using regular pancake or waffle batter, you could say that Taiyaki ice cream is a twist on the traditional waffles and ice cream.

Find it in Singapore:

Chateraise Singapore (Chateraise Taiyaki Ice Cream)

They have many outlets in Singapore. Check out their PAGE for all their outlets!

Thailand – Coconut Ice Cream

ice creams from thailand coconut ice cream

Those who travel to Thailand often will be familiar with this ice cream. This coconut ice cream, or ice cream ga ti as the locals call it, is both sweet and refreshing, perfect for the heat in Thailand. The locals often add corn, peanuts and sticky rice, amongst many other toppings, to complement the ice cream. Served in coconut shells, you also get chunks of coconut meat to go with the ice cream. Coconut meat is rich in fiber and promotes thyroid health. Not only that, coconuts are also one of the best foods for your skin due to their hydrating properties and their ability to restore elasticity and boost collagen.

Thai people started to make ice cream from coconut milk as dairy products were not readily available in the past. Even though dairy products are available in Thailand now, the ice cream is often made solely from coconut milk or from a combination of dairy milk and coconut milk. If you have never tried them before, this is a must try if you ever go to Thailand.

Find it in Singapore:

Pong Gelato *SCAPE

2 Orchard Link #02-18C

Singapore 237978

Germany – Spaghettieis

ice creams from germany spaghettieis

Spaghettieis is a German ice cream dish made to look like a plate of spaghetti. Vanilla ice cream is put through a Spätzle press or potato ricer, to imitate the long strands of spaghetti. Strawberry sauce is then poured over the dish to mimic tomato sauce. Finally, this is topped with either coconut flakes, grated almonds, or white chocolate shavings to represent the parmesan cheese. Besides the usual strawberry sauce, one may also find variations like ice cream with dark chocolate ice cream and nuts, mimicking Spaghetti Carbonara instead of Spaghetti Bolognese.

Created in 1969 by Dario Fontanella, son of an Italian immigrant and owner of an ice cream parlor in Mannheim, Germany, it has since become a German specialty although it is not very well known outside Germany. Dario served it to children once and they broke into tears because they wanted ice cream and not a plate of spaghetti. Personally? I wouldn’t mind either but I will happily take the plate of ice cream disguised as spaghetti.

Find it in Singapore:

Giovanni L

Fort Canning Arts Centre

5 Cox Terrace

#01-01, 179620

&
1 Marine Parade Central

Singapore 449408

Singapore – Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

ice creams from singapore rainbow ice cream sandwich

An integral part of many people’s childhood, I know it certainly played a part in mine, most Singaporeans would probably have had this ice cream sandwich after school when they were a kid or on a hot day. At just a dollar each, you don’t really have an excuse not to. When Buzzfeed UK editor Luke Bailey dissed it last year, it led to a uproar from Singaporeans who considered this an iconic dessert.

The Daily Meal, on the other hand, proclaimed that “This Singaporean Ice Cream “Sandwich” is the Most Amazing Thing (they’ve) Ever Seen”. I am sure most Singaporeans would not disagree.

Find it in Singapore:

Not as common these days but there’s bound to be one or two mobile carts set up along Orchard road and in Bugis outside OG. If you keep your ears peeled in your neighborhood, you might find hear their iconic ice cream bell during the evenings when children come back from school.

So, have a craving yet?

 

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