Happiness in a bun

It’s a sad sad time for Bangkok, full of strife and fear, so I thought it might be a good time to remember a love of something that we all share (in case you need the other shoe to drop, that thing is food).  This is what I’m talking about:

Thai coconut ice cream in a hot dog bun

Ice cream ruamitr, a mix of jackfruit and water chestnut flavors against a coconut cream background, is drizzled with carnation milk and served in a hot dog bun. This is the way Thais — rich and poor, young and old, big and small (okay, usually pretty big) — have been enjoying their ice cream for decades. This dessert/snack spans from the humblest streetside mobile vendor’s offerings at 10 baht a bun to a more “hi-so” (and dare I say, overpriced) version with black beans, palm sugar fruit and mango at 10 times that price. A reminder that, as bad as things have gotten, we all have something in common.

Ice cream dish from Ruen Mallika restaurant

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Filed under Asia, Bangkok, dessert, food, Thailand

2 responses to “Happiness in a bun

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    Haha, yes the humble ice cream bun. A classic street food sweet. If only us Thai’s could be happy with other things, not just ice cream.

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