From the outrageously weird to the still weird but legitimately good, Bangkok has a penchant for creating odd ice cream flavors. Shabu chain Shabu-Bootueng is the latest to dabble in ice cream alchemy with its new, midnight-blue hotpot of broth-flavored ice cream.
Turning hotpot into a cold treat and blurring the line between savory and sweet in all the right (or wrong?) ways, the “shabu black soup” offering is precisely as it sounds: hotpot broth transformed into an ice cream, at least in spirit.
The ice cream, fortunately, does not include popular add-ons such as sliced pork, seafood or mushrooms.
A cup of this unusual creation currently goes for THB39. The regular price is THB49 per cup or THB100 for three cups at any branch of the budget shabu buffet chain, which includes spots in Ari-Saphan Kwai and Pattanakarn, as well as several out of Bangkok in the central provinces of Singburi, Suphanburi and Nakhon Sawan.
In the meantime taste some other unexpected flavors such as Yora’s Fish Sauce Caramel (THB100 per cup), which gives the decadent treat a subtle umami quality and a salted caramel-like taste, as well as their Chilli Rocky Road, made with chunky chili-laced marshmallows. In perhaps darker times, we’ve also borne witness to dark soy sauce-flavored ice cream from Dek Somboon and, more recently, fish sauce and cough syrup flavors at 10010 Bar.
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