Though temperatures may just have begun to drop, be sure to treat yourself to a perennial icy dessert trend that has found a home right here in Bayside.
Roll Smash Ice Cream Bar at 45-43B Bell Blvd. is serving one of the newest sweet treat crazes — Thai rolled ice cream.
Owners Dan Kim and Min Kim decided to open up the special ice cream bar within their food establishment Pâté — which serves variations of Vietnamese street food — allowing customers to get their sweet and savory bites to eat in one place.
“Bayside doesn’t have anything like the rolled ice cream,” Min Kim said. “So they really, really like it.”
Watching the process of creating the confection is almost as fun as eating the finished product. Pictured below is the making of the Breakfast Cereal rolled ice cream, which features sweet milk ice cream, Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch cereal, fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce and is one of eight selections currently offered on the menu. Thai rolled ice cream is created first by pouring a milk-based liquid on an extremely cold metal surface.
Staff then uses a pair of special metal spatulas to manipulate the liquid, which eventually becomes a solid ice cream, and adds a variety of toppings and treats into the mix.
The mixture is then smoothed out and carefully carved into small rolls, which are placed into a cup and adorned with various toppings.
What sets this rolled ice cream apart from others is that the ice cream is milk-based rather than custard-based, according to Dan Kim — creating a lighter and more refreshing ice cream.
Food choices at both the ice cream bar and Pâté are constantly changing and new items are always popping up on the menu, the owners said.
The most recent addition to Roll Smash’s menu are milkshakes and frappes. As far as savory food options go, Min Kim highly recommends the Bánh mì — Vietnamese sandwiches served on a French baguette.
“[Bayside] didn’t have the Vietnamese sandwiches either, so they’ve responded really well,” Kim said.
Another interesting savory bite are the Kimchi fries, which features French fries topped with a house-made kimchi stir-fried with bacon and a creamy chipotle sauce — comfort food with a kick.
“Everything is made in-house: fresh ingredients; everything is à la carte … We don’t have anything pre-made.” Dan Kim said.
All ice creams are $6 each. The location is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sundays. Learn more about Pâté here and Roll Smash Ice Cream Bar here, or by calling 347-235-0045.