I-dtim Mat Phrao. That means ‘coconut ice cream’ in Thai. While we only used to see them sold by mobile ice cream vendors in Bangkok and stalls at JJ Chatuchak Weekend Market, Singapore is seeing a mini-wave of Thai dessert shops opening up.
What I like about the Thai Coconut Ice Cream – It is more than just ice cream, scooped in coconut husks, toppings of corn and peanuts, with juicy slices of fresh coconut flesh adding some superfood element.
Some shops also include coconut water, making it a ‘full-package’ dessert for a hot Singapore day.
5 Thai Coconut Ice Creams In Singapore
*Scape, 2 Orchard Link #02-18C Singapore 237978 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 1230pm – 10pm Daily
Likely the first shop to introduce this dessert in Singapore, and easily one of our favourites.
Opened by a brother-in-laws team whom one of them is Thai, the Coconut Gelato with Sorbet in a Husk ($5.50) would come with 3 toppings of your choice and a complimentary cup of coconut juice. Can eat, can drink.
Pong’s Coconut Gelato is smooth and thick, dairy-free, sweet but not cloying. Fresh fruits are used in the sorbet flavours, made fresh daily on site. Their sorbet interesting didn’t have the ‘sorbety’ texture, and was instead tasted almost like smooth gelato.
Juicy slices of coconut meat and sips off fresh young coconut water in the cup complete the cooling experience. (Read: Pong Gelato)
3 Pickering Street #01-30 (China Square), Singapore 048660 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Qoolco’s menu is more extensive compared to their competitors. Instead of just coconut gelato, Qoconut offers coconut soft serves in cups or coconut husk.
Their signature items – Soft Snow ($3.80) made from coconut milk, and the Volcano ($4.60) coming drizzled with egg yolk sauce. Yes, egg yolk sauce.
Coconut husks are frozen (literally “qooling”) prior to serving to slow down the melting rate of the soft serve. The texture is milky, slightly icy with a lingering refreshing aftertaste of coconut. I like. And I think the people working around the CBD should like too (Read: Qoolco)
Old Airport Road Block 51 Market & Food Centre #01-51, Singapore 390051 (Dakota MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Thu-Tue), Closed Wed
Foon’s Thai Recipe popular for their Thai Wanton Mee at Old Airport Hawker Centre opened this dessert stall diagonally across. Wah, business must be good for them to open two within a short span of time.
Mango sticky rice ($5.90), and ice creams ($3.90, $4.90 and $5.50) in three different portions are available.
The coconut ice cream was rich, creamy with distinct coconut taste. In contrast, the mango ice cream was too subdued, ‘weak’, not as pleasurable. Thai Milk Tea flavour is their most popular.
However, plastic spoons are provided, making scooping of the coconut flesh a tedious task without the risk of breakage. (Read: Waan Waan)
Wimi Ice Cream
321 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-13, Singapore 129905 (5-10 min walk from Clementi MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
The simple takeaway store at the new 321 Clementi Mall, Wimi Ice Cream is named after the 2 owners, WIlson Lim and MIke Koh, selling Thai Coconut Ice Cream ($4.90), Coconut Softserve ($3 for cup, $3.50 for cone) and Fresh Coconut ($3.30).
The in-house made coconut ice cream set atop thin slices of coconut flesh with colourful toppings made it appetizing. They emphasized that no stabilisers and preservatives were added and everything was made fresh daily.
The coconut ice cream was thick and creamy, but lacked the richness of coconut milk. Without the toppings, it could be pretty bland on its own. We loved the coconut flesh which was smooth and fleshy though. (Read: Wimi)
Koko Ice Cream
7 Maxwell Road #02-104 Amoy Street Food Centre Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm (Mon-Fri)
Causeway Point 1 Woodlands Square #01-K10 Singapore 7338099 (Woodlands MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
One of the most price friendly versions in Singapore – a single scoop with 3 toppings in half a coconut shell, plus a small cup of coconut juice all at $3.50 (double scoops for $4.50).
Consumption of such desserts can be messy. Thankfully, the coconut flesh has already been scraped out, included below the ice cream, making eating a much easier affair.
The ice cream was not as creamy as I liked though, icy at parts.
A unique feature is Gula Melaka sauce drizzled all over, giving this Thai dessert a local flavour.
* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Follow their food findings at Instagram, and now Snapchat and Weibo.