It’s official, Thai Ice Cream Rolls are a sure, cool thing in Philadelphia.
Mike Klein saw it coming back in April with the opening of Teassert Bar. As did I. Around that same time, Sweet Charlie’s opened in Washington Square.
Since the openings of Teassert Bar and Sweet Charlie’s, Ice Land opened directly across the street from Teassert on North 10th Street in Chinatown. While they do Thai rolled ice cream, they also serve Taiwanese shaved ice or “snow ice” which is different than Thai ice cream in that it is shaved into ribbons, instead of rolled.
As of tomorrow, Chinatown will welcome yet another Thai ice cream joint, ICE NY Philly, at the new Chinatown Square Food Court (1016-18 Race Street). They call their version “smashed and rolled” ice cream. It is an international chain that originated in Thailand, and now has over 250 locations all over Thailand and Southeast Asia. Their first US location opened in New York City. This is the first Philadelphia location.
Since I’m a sucker for a good food craze, I decided to swing by Teassert Bar today since I am unable to attend the ICE NY Philly grand opening tomorrow. I threw lactose-intolerance to the wind (by swallowing a Lactaid pill, natch) and got a proper introduction to Thai rolled ice cream.
You can’t miss Teassert Bar thanks to good signage on the building.
There is a basic mural on the wall depicting what they offer. Not pictured are the “Hong Kong” egg waffles they also serve. Egg waffles are spherical egg-based flatten waffles that can be stuffed with your choice of Thai ice cream, unlimited toppings, and rolled up into a cone. Since I’m still a virgin to the whole thing, I opted to just go with the rolled ice cream sundae in a cup.
Among the flavors of ice cream they have are:
Cookies and Creme (Oreo)
Thai Tea & Lychee
Matcha Azuki (Matcha Green Tea & Red Bean)
Ferrer Rocher (yep, those delicious little chocolate hazelnut candies )
Snickers (Peanuts, Caramel, Chocolate)
S’mores (Marshmallow, Chocolate, Graham Crackers)
Caffeine High (Coffee, Chocolate)
Non-Dairy Mango Sorbet
Non-Dairy Strawberry Sorbet
It’s so much fun to watch them roll the ice cream!
Toppings are fun and unlimited! Put them all on if you want! 😉
There is absolutely no wrong way to eat Thai rolled ice cream. I enjoyed the Thai tea flavored ice cream (it’s orange) with chocolate chips, brownie bits, Pocky sticks, sprinkles, whipped cream, and a fresh strawberry! So good! 😋🍨
I highly recommend that you try Thai rolled ice cream in Philadelphia. If you go to Teassert Bar, be prepared to wait especially if it is busy. Allow time for them to mix the ice cream base and roll it on the anti-griddle. It’s quite worth the wait, though.
227 N. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sunday-Thursday 11AM – 11PM
Friday, Saturday 11AM – 12AM
The Doyenne of Dining in Philadelphia and South Jersey.