Thai Fresh is one of the many wonderful eateries in Austin that is focused on using local ingredients. In fact, part of the store is an old style grocery – selling anything from local sausages to hard to find Thai ingredients. The owner offers many cooking classes to teach people the delicious ways of Thai cooking. I have been many times for lunch and have enjoyed many different dishes as my main course, but I just can’t seem to get away from the coconut mango ice cream and hot sticky rice. I order it every time I’m there. There is something about the ice cream melting over the delicious sticky rice. . . it makes me drool just thinking about it every time. And I mean every time. I’m drooling now.
I discovered that Jam has a blog and she posts a lot of her recipes on it. I found the one for the ice cream. Oh. My. Goodness. So. Incredible. She uses coconut cream to replace the dairy in the recipe and coconut cream is so rich and delicious, much like cow’s cream. It makes me want to make a lactose-free creme brulee it’s so dense and rich. I will say that if I make this recipe again, I’ll use half coconut cream and half coconut milk. It was almost TOO rich (if that’s even possible). I was hoping to make the sticky rice to go with it (as she has the recipe here) but I did not have the sweet or glutinous rice. . . just basic basmati. But trust me, once I find this rice, I will be making it sticky and making some more mango ice cream to go on top . . .