Coconut milk ice-cream is the most memorable dessert of my childhood. In Lopburi province, I used to chase the ice-cream man, wearing his business attire, whenever I heard his bell ringing from the ice-cream trolley that he pushed along the road. I remember everyone called his mobile shop an “ice-cream wearing suit”, which became his signature. His ice-cream is like soft icy flakes with coconut milk flavouring, topped with corn kernels and Lod Chong. It was a light and refreshing dessert compared to western-style ice-cream that is thick and creamy. Coconut milk ice-cream (Thai: ไอศกรีมกะทิ) is a local dessert that’s great for summer and it’s an all-time favourite for all ages.
The coconut milk ice-cream originated in the reign of King Rama V after the first ice factory was founded by Nai Lert who is known as Thailand’s first and foremost developer and investor in that era. The creation of ice could be a miracle for some. It took a while to prove that making a solid shape out of water is possible. The ice factory in Thailand changed the way Thais consume and preserve food and drink. It created many new product lines and one of them was ice-cream. At the beginning, ice-cream was expensive for people in general as Thailand still needed to import ingredients like cream and milk from oversea to make western ice-cream (The Standard Team, 2018).