New York is full of food fads – there was the cronut, there was the rainbow donut, and now there is 10Below ice cream. This “stir-fried ice cream” is a traditional dessert in Thailand, and gained major popularity over the past few months in New York. This made-to-order ice cream is made by pouring the ingredients onto an anti-griddle, and chopping and mashing everything up as it freezes in the cold temps. Then (and this is the best part) once it’s frozen, it’s pried up with a scraper and spun into cute little rolls of edible deliciousness.
This post is extremely delayed, but after getting locked out of my site for almost a week (thanks to Bluehost) and frequent freelance deadlines, I sort of fell off the blogging band wagon. I hit up 10Below in May after getting brunch at Pizza Beach in the Lower East Side with some friends – read about that here.
Essentially, this ice cream is a grown-up version of Coldstone Creamery – pick your base flavor, add toppings, and voilá, you’ve got some banging dessert on your hands.
I opted for the green tea flavor with strawberries mixed into the ice cream itself and went with more strawberries and blackberries on top. Honestly, the ice cream didn’t really taste that much different to me that regular ice cream, but watching them mix and roll my custom order was almost worth the crazy 45 minute wait to get in the door.
After you’ve got your long-awaited ice cream, head out onto Mott Street and check out the surrounding neighborhood – Chinatown is one of the best places to aimlessly wander around the city on the weekends and check out the sites. Forewarning: Now that the weather is warming up, more people will probably want to cool off with some ice cream, so be prepared to wait in line. But don’t worry, in my experience it moved pretty quick.