Fanny Ice Cream – Ho Chi Minh City

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Fanny Ice Cream

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.

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Mango & Coconut

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.

Yee Shun Milk Company – Hong Kong

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Yee Shun Milk Company
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Yee Shun Milk Company

Yee Shun Milk Company has several branches throughout Hong Kong. They specialize in steamed milk. They serve both hot and cold steamed milk.

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Cold Steamed Milk with Red Beans

I chose the cold steamed milk topped with azuki (red) beans. The beans weren’t too sweet and were a little bit on the hard side.

The steamed milk was cold and tasted like fresh milk. There was a slight undertone of egg whites.

Even though dairy based, the dish is light and refreshing, at least the cold version. I couldn’t imagine eating this hot when Hong Kong is usually hot, and almost always humid.

Service was friendly. A complimentary glass of tea was served. They do have English menus available. It is cash only however.

Michelin Guide – Mammy Pancake – Hong Kong

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Michelin Recommended

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.

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Mammy Pancake

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.

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Menu

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.

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Green Tea & Red Bean
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Packaging

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.

King of Coconut – Hong Kong

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King of Coconut

King of Coconut is a small stand that only sells one thing, and does it magnificently.

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Freshly Grated Coconut

Their product is a coconut drink, made with fresh grated coconut, evaporated milk, and coconut water.

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Made to Order

The drink is made to order.

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Large Bottle

It is a little expensive at a little over $3 for a large bottle, but totally worth it.

The drink tastes like fresh squeezed melted coconut ice cream, if that really existed. It was just a tad bit too sweet for my taste, but is refreshing in the hot and humid Hong Kong streets.

Mae Varee – Bangkok

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Mae Varee

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.

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Hanging Mango

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.

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Mango Sticky Rice

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.