If you find a small local store that has been serving only one type of food for more than 60 years, it’s very likely a place that does that one thing very, very well, and you should definitely give it a try. Such place is the Nattaporn Ice Cream Shop in the Sao Ching Cha neighborhood. We found out about this place from an article on the website covering eateries in the Sao Ching Cha neighborhood. On the hot, sunny afternoon after eating a nice lunch at the meatball noodle soup store, we thought ice cream would be great to have before we continued on with our walk to the next destination during our full day visiting Bangkok, Thailand.
It took us quite a bit of time to find the ice cream shop, as it was tucked away on a quiet neighborhood street among residential areas. When we found the place, we had to wait for a few minutes since there were only three tables with 4 seats each, and those were all occupied. Once we got seated, we ordered the ice cream. I had the coconut ice cream that seemed to be the specialty of the place. You can get toppings on the ice cream. This is where this differs from the western counterpart; it has very different kinds of toppings to select from: red bean, taro, roasted mung beans, sticky rice, sweet corn — all natural toppings, none of the things you find in western ice cream shop (candies, chocolates, etc.). I had mung beans and sweet corn as my toppings. It was a unique combination of taste. I can’t say that the ice cream was that memorable, but the experience looking for the place, sitting outside the store, and enjoying the ice cream while watching neighborhood traffic passing by was definitely one to remember.
The photo below was taken from the street after we’re done eating our ice cream. You can see the little store with the tables and stools outside, and the blue basin and bucket outside where they would wash the bowls after you’re done with the ice cream. It may not be some people’s idea of great sanitary place, but the bowls seemed clean (you can watch them washing the dishes if you like) and 60 years of history means they’re doing something right.