Ice Cream with Traditional Thai Sweets in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Ice Cream with Traditional Thai Sweets

by Chata Thamachart Cafe, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Ice cream might seem like quite a modern invention, especially when you think of it as being served in a hot climate such as Thailand.

However, a few weeks back, my family and I ordered a delightful ice cream dish made with traditional Thai flavors and topped with all sorts of old-fashioned sweets from Thailand. Although ice cream may be modern, this fusion-style sweet is something fantastic that people from all around the world will love.

traditional Thai ice cream flavors by Chata Thamachart
traditional Thai ice cream flavors by Chata Thamachart

The four scoops of ice cream were strawberry sorbet, mango sorbet, Thai tea (or cha yen) ice cream, and coconut milk ice cream.

The ice cream, which is big enough that it is clearly meant to be shared amongst a table of hungry people, came with three bowl full of traditional Thai sweets: bua loey, tubtim krob, and foy tong. Each of these sweets has its own unique story and history.

Bua Loi

Bua Loi, which literally means "a lily floating on top of the water", is an old-fashioned Thai dessert made from rice flour cooked in coconut milk and sugar. These chewy, multi-colored, pastel rice flour balls are colored with natural dyes, and are always served in a multi-colored array, often drowned in sweet, warm coconut milk.

Tubtim Krob

Thubtim Krob, which translates to "crispy rubies", are one of the most popular traditional Thai sweets, even winning an award as one of the best desserts in the world by CNN! This crunchy and sweet Thai dessert is made from small pieces of water chestnuts soaked in grenadine and boiled in tapioca. The grenadine gives the "rubies" their iconic red color, and the tapioca gives them the typical sweet and soft exterior around the crunchy water chestnut core.

Foy Tong

Foy Tong developed from an old traditional sweet that Portuguese merchants brought to ancient Siam called Fios de ovos (literally "egg threads", but often translated somewhat romantically as "angel hairs" in English). 

These thin strands of sweet golden threads are made from strained egg yolk boiled in a sweet syrup to form thin, stringlike strands of sweet golden threads. 

traditional Thai sweets: Thai ice cream, bua loey, tubtim krob, and foy tong
clockwise from top: Thai ice cream, bua loi, tubtim krob, and foy tong

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Chata Thamachart Cafe is located at 168 หมู่7 Rai Khing, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom 73210, Thailand. It's most easily accessible by car.

Chata Thamachart Cafe in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
Chata Thamachart Cafe in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

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