You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream and that’s kinda the same thing.
Move over bubble tea, there’s a new trend in town. The cool new food trend coming from the ever trendy world of Asian sweets is Thai rolled ice cream. Small vendors all over the world are drawing in big crowds and for good reason. From what started on the streets of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and other parts of the world has seeped through to The States then over to the water to London and ever so slowly up north and finally, it is coming to Liverpool thanks to Roll House – a new Liverpool street food trader. And where else but Liverpool’s premiere street food market Baltic Market, which can be found in the iconic Cains Brewery. They will be launching Thursday 17th August and will be there Thursday-Sunday every week from then so make sure you save room.
The process itself takes a couple minutes but it’s just as fun as eating it. Okay, maybe very close to as fun as eating it. It can be almost hypnotic to watch and we’re not alone in that thought process as videos of people making them are racking up millions upon millions online. It starts by pouring ice cream liquid on to an extremely cold sheet mixed with your choice of fruit or other toppings. As the base of the muddled up mixture starts to freeze, it’s kneaded almost as if it was bread and then spread out to slightly harden. When it’s ready to go, the final and most fun process of all is cutting a spatula through it and turning it into 3-4 strips. Almost like a hollow, ice-cold spring roll. But a very delicious one. The guys are launching with just a few flavours to start but plan to add lots more on the menu in the coming weeks.
Don’t like the sound of that? The Baltic Market is full of amazing street food brands. Hafla Hafla are specialising in Israeli street food and halloumi fries, Timmy Tikka specialises in Indian street food and they’ve got rice bowls, kati rolls and more. Slim’s Pork Chop Express are slinging out cheesy pulled pork fries and smoked meats, Down The Hatch specialise in vegan junk food with attitude. Oktopus have popcorn mussels and soft shell crab burgers, Little Furnace are whacking out wood-fired pizzas, The Midnight Delivery have got doughnut fries and cheesecakes galore and finally Pao are rustling up Asian street food with more kick than a Bruce Lee Movie. We’ve got an amazing vegan, veggie, meaty and gluten-free selection so please pop down. If that hasn’t convinced you we’ve got a massive bar with loads of local beers and spirits. Yeah, we thought that might work.
Address: Stanhope Street, L8 5XJ
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm.