Fanny Ice Cream gets rave reviews on Trip Advisor, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. I think the rave reviews have more to do with their Instagram presentations on some their dishes, rather than for the ice cream itself.
First of all, this is gelato not ice cream. In the sweltering heat, having something cold seemed like a great idea.
The mango had a nice, vibrant fruity taste and was not overly sweet. My only complaint was that it was really soft and on the verge of becoming soupy in a matter of seconds.
The coconut had a deep, rich coconut flavor but was a little too sweet for my taste. There were flecks of coconut throughout. The ice cream came with a little cookie.
This is not the best “ice cream” that I’ve ever had, but eating something cool on hot humid days is hard to beat.
I found their prices to be on the higher side for what it is. I guess their presentation commands top dollars by Instagramers.
Big news hit the streets of Hong Kong in the culinary world this year, when the Michelin Guide came out with a “Street Food Guide” for Hong Kong. Unlike Singapore, no “street food” was awarded a Michelin Star.
Mammy Pancake was on the short list of street foods, to make the Michelin “Street Food Guide”. They specialize in Hong Kong waffles.
The stall is very small, and from what I can gather recently moved. I must have walked past it at least two or three times in my quest to find it, showing just how small the place really is.
Mammy Pancake is just a few steps away from the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui. When exiting the hotel, make a left on Hanoi Road and walk to the intersection at Carnarvon Road. Right at the T-intersection is where Mammy Pancake is located.
The menu at Mammy Pancake is limited to Hong Kong waffles as you would expect. I came later at the night, and they were sold out of most things.
Out of the remaining items, I chose the Green Tea & Red Bean Hong Kong waffle (puff). The waffle is very light and crunchy. The green tea flavor was not very strong. The red beans were interspersed throughout the waffle, and were individual beans rather than a paste like you might find in Japanese desserts. The beans were on the firmer side and appeared to be unsweetened, or only very slightly sweetened.
This would not have been my first choice of flavors if the whole menu was available; I would went for the original flavor.
Mae Varee Fruit Shop arguably has the best mango sticky rice in all of Bangkok. They do serve more than mango sticky rice, as they do sell other types of fruit and other fruit based products.
Mae Varee is just steps away from the Thong Lo BTS station, but is somewhat hard to find unless you can read Thai, as the sign is actually very small. The identifying marker is the large mango hanging from the ceiling.
Although I am not a huge fan of mango sticky rice, I figured that I had to try it since I was in Bangkok and in the neighborhood.
The Mango Sticky Rice does look like a big portion of mango, but is somewhat misleading. You get a half mango stacked on top of the seed. The portion of rice is on the smaller side, but was more than enough for me. It come with a side of thin coconut sauce that was very plentiful. Also included were some crunchy bits which tasted familiar to me, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.
The mango was sweet, but not overly so. Both the rice and coconut sauce were slightly salty, giving a good counterbalance to the mango.
I can see why Mae Varee is popular and highly regarded. The play on the sweet and salty combination of ingredients dances on your palate like a Beethoven symphony.
If you are a lover of mango sticky rice, then this is must on your list. If you happen to be in the area, I would also highly recommend it.