We were at a lovely Thai restaurant this evening and I enjoyed a beautiful meal. Normally I would have had one of these for dessert, but NO MORE! My friend had this one and it yelled “photograph me!” So I did…
Fried Ice Cream trivia:
Fried ice cream is a dessert made of a breaded scoop of ice cream that is quickly deep-fried creating a warm, crispy shell around the still-cold ice cream.
There are conflicting stories about the dessert’s origin. Some claim that it was first served during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where the ice cream sundae was also invented. Though in 1894 a Philadelphia company was given credit for its invention describing : “A small, solid cake of the [ice] cream is enveloped in a thin sheet of pie crust and then dipped into boiling lard or butter to cook the outside to a crisp. Served immediately, the ice cream is found to be as solidly frozen as it was first prepared.”. A third claim, beginning in the 1960s asserts that fried ice cream was invented by Japanese tempura restaurants.
In the United States, fried ice cream has been associated with Asian cuisine, appearing in reviews of Chinese, Japanese, and Polynesian restaurants in the “Dining Out” section of the New York Times in the 1970s. It also came to be associated with Mexican cuisine, in large part due to national chain Chi-Chi’s adopting a fried ice cream made with tortillas and cinnamon as its “signature dessert” when it opened in the early 1980s.