Stir-fried ice cream

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A cup of stir-fried ice cream, with toppings
A cup of stir-fried ice cream, topped with whipped cream, fruit and cookie

Stir-fried ice cream "I-Tim-Pad" "ไอติมผัด" in Thai, ice pan ice cream, rolled ice cream or ice cream rolls is a hand made ice cream dessert made with milk poured on an iced grill, mixed with fruit or different ingredients on the ice-pan.

Stir-fried ice cream existed in Thailand by 2009, as a way of just mixing ingredients together with fruits and different types of candies. There were a few vendors at the time, and it was not popular yet. Around 2011–2012, the ice cream became more popular in Thailand and began to spread to neighboring countries such as Malaysia, and Cambodia in 2012. It spread worldwide in 2015 from internet viral videos.[1]

Background[edit]

Stir-fried ice cream, or "ice pan" ice cream, is a dessert made on a steel plate chilled to below freezing. A choice of soy or dairy milk is poured onto the cold plate and mixed with fruit, green tea, coffee or other ingredients. The mixture is chopped and stirred while crystallizing, until creamy.[2] Cold Stone Creamery, an ice cream parlor chain in the US, sells a similar product which involves combining ice cream with various toppings on a frozen granite stone. It is now common through-out the world.

Preparation[edit]

Stir-fried ice cream is made with a milk base combined with various fresh ingredients and different toppings served with the ice cream. The main ingredients are the liquid base flavour which is commonly milk, or soy milk. Fresh fruit or other choices such as chocolate, green tea, or red beans are blended with the milk, while sometimes extract powder or syrups are used to create the flavour.[3] To make stir-fried ice cream, the mixture is first poured into a −18 to −35 degree C metal pan. The ice cream masher uses two metal spatulas to mix and stir the mixture, which freezes and solidifies. The masher will add and grind different toppings like nuts, chocolate chips, and fruits to increase the texture of the ice cream. By continuously mixing and stirring in the cold pan, a scoop of stir-fried ice cream is created. The stir-fried process has to be quick and instant with only 5–10 seconds used to create the texture of ice cream. The ice cream can be piled for scooping or smoothed flat for scraping into curls and served in paper cups in Thailand.

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