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I-CE-NY at Chinatown Square Food Hall

I-CE-NY at Chinatown Square Food Hall

(The following is a special series on written by guest contributing writer and correspondent for “Small Bites Radio” William Knowles. He highlights his passions of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

I-CE-NY, a new dessert establishment located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Chinatown, held a tasting event on Wednesday, March 15th. I was invited to enjoy their offerings; some of which I have heard of, but have never had the opportunity to try before…

“Rolled ice cream” is something that has taken off recently in the States. The operators of I-CE-NY claim origination of the process and treat in Thailand. The preparation is interesting in itself to watch. The expert staff begin by using flavored milks which they pour onto a frigid circular dish (temperature well below zero). As the milk freezes up, it is crafted using spatulas and small knives, ultimately leading to the “rolls”. Additional toppings are added as requested, as they are in any great ice cream bar.

We tried the St. Patty’s Day special, with mint ice cream and Lucky Charms. The result is unique and more gratifying then your normal every day scoop. Strawberry and banana was next on the list, and the flavor was bold and fresh. The combinations are endless, with many different ice cream bases and toppings to choose from.

I-CE-NY takes the experience to added heights with a friendly, outgoing staff. Their bright, clean shop is located in the new Chinatown Square Food Hall, which is home to numerous new eateries specializing in Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern and Cambodian cuisine, among others. I was impressed by the wide variety of offerings, as well as the set up of the court. This will surely become a destination for those looking to try new and varied offerings for lunch and dinner in the coming months, especially with warm weather approaching…

Visit our friends at I-CE-NY soon, and I will see you there and elsewhere “Around Town”…


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