Juicy Spot Cafe | Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY
Your Non-Traditional Ice Cream Experience: 1st Edition
Article written by Clarice Hu
Q: What is so special about Thai Instant Ice Cream Rolls?
A: It is fresh handmade ice cream that takes form right before your eyes.
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Juicy Spot Cafe[/caption]
I can’t necessarily vouche for the fact that this is a healthier alternative to your traditional ice cream, but you definitely get to see everything that goes into your ‘cheat day’ treat and watch it take form as your sweet, frozen dessert right before your eyes.
How does it work? Basically, there is a freezing cold metal plate that is below negative 10 degrees and all the ingredients are poured on top of it. With the quick hands of your server, he/she will chop and mix all your requested ingredients on his/her work surface. Once it is at the right consistency, the paste-like mixture is spread across the metal plate in a rectangular shape and a metal trowel is used form the small ice cream rolls.
Watch the sneak peeks below: (pay them a visit for your own personalized experience)
How did this come about in the states?
About half a year ago, a video on Facebook started going viral. It was a video of an ice cream vendor in Thailand, recorded by a tourist. Not only was this a brand new concept of ice cream for everybody who watched the video with a sense of awe, curiosity, and bewilderment, but it was also a performance on its own.
The experience as a whole at Juicy Spot Cafe encompassed picking out my own desired flavors, watching the ingredients being poured onto the cold plate, the ingredients being blended together, watching my ice cream take form into little rolls, and then finally tasting my own personal cup of artwork.
Each cup is unique on it’s own. You can actually say that it is your own personalized cup because no matter whoever else orders the same flavors, it is made in a completely different batch.
Although Juicy Spot Cafe is small, it is very well organized and still has about 3 small cafe tables that sits around 10 people or three small groups. The staff was very helpful and was able to tell me the steps in ordering my own personal ice cream. Just follow the steps below to create your own desired concoction!
- Pick your base: Original, Yogurt, Green Tea
- Pick your fruit(s)/flavor(s): Peach, Mango, Strawberry, Banana, Blueberry, Dragonfruit, Oreo
- Pick your topping(s): Mochi, Chocolate, Almond, Pocky, Granola, Sprinkles, Red Bean, Grass Jelly, Wafer Rolls, etc.
- Pick your drizzle: Condensed Milk, Caramel, Chocolate
To be honest, this was not my first Thai ice cream experience, but this was definitely much better than my first cup that I had elsewhere. The green tea flavor was on point; the perfect concoction of matcha and sugar. When combined with fresh, sweet chunks of mango, it is a match made in heaven.
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Mango Green Tea Thai Ice Cream Rolls with Red Bean[/caption]
I also had the liberty of tasting their yogurt flavor mixed with fresh peaches. In my opinion, the yogurt flavor was a bit too tart for my liking. I normally love tart frozen yogurt, but perhaps because it was mixed with white peaches that were not too sweet themselves, the yogurt just seemed even more tart. Next time I will try it with maybe strawberries instead!
Recently, Juicy Spot Cafe came up with a few of their own signature combo flavors. I will not reveal them all here, so you have to go try them on your own, but there is one that tastes like a Ferrero Rocher! Its called the Ferre-Roll Rocher Ice Cream and uses their original Ferrero Rocher flavored Ice Cream that is very creamy and perfectly sweet, which, combined with any of your desired flavors and toppings, would make an amazing treat.
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Ferre-Roll Rocher Ice Cream[/caption]
If these Thai Ice Cream Rolls are not enticing enough for you or if you’re not willing to break your clean eating streak, Juicy Spot Cafe also makes protein shakes, fresh juices, and much, much more. It is not only a ice cream spot, but a full on cafe with sandwiches and etc.