Bangkok Post reviews
Keep cool and go bananas
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: March 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Sweets are dandy, but in a hot country like Thailand, they need to pack an extra punch to really hit the spot and end a meal nicely. Cold desserts can bring you back to life like nothing else, but since nam kaeng sai is like eating water and ice cream sundaes are so ho-hum, we hunted through the city to find a "cold sweets" place that doesn't just smack a gob of ice cream on top of everything _ because that just won't do for our sophisticated palates!
Tropical Monkey, a frozen dessert boutique in Rain Hill on Sukhumvit 47, does no monkey business and fits the bill. We love how the menu items are a union of bakery and ice cream: be it in pies or crumbles, home-made ice cream is used instead of the usual cream fillings.
A best-seller is the banoffee ice cream pie (120 baht), with a block of caramel ice cream sitting on a crunchy and salty pie base, topped with fresh bananas, chocolate chips and home-made caramel sauce. It doesn't taste sugary, which makes a nice change for a usually sickeningly sweet dish. A choice popular among men is the brownie ice cream sandwich (85 baht for one piece/150 baht for two). The no-frills block is massive, with vanilla ice cream between two almost-bitter but gooey brownie slices.
However, the star here is the layered ice-pop (55 baht). The ice-pop's kiwi and strawberry layers give a sour kick, but thanks to a layer of vanilla ice cream, it becomes a pleasant, well-rounded treat fitting for a hot day.
You can feel all tropicana about it too, sitting on teeny-tiny wooden pallet stools at matching tables.
Owner Pui Warussaporn loves bananas and as the name suggests there are plenty on the menu: among the ways they come are grilled, in smoothies and covered in chocolate. But fear not, this place is not dictated by bananas. Pui also says she doesn't like to top everything with whipped cream, which is a tactic some use to cover their mediocre flavours _ well, we simply like the sound of that because it means less fat! With a cool place like this, perhaps Bangkok's heat might just be easier to take in.
Tropical Monkey, 2nd floor, Rain Hill, Sukhumvit Soi 47. Open daily from 11am to 10pm.