Young Thai coconut ice cream is hard to find in pure form. More often than not, if you are lucky enough to find coconut ice cream, it either isn't vegan or has other creepy additives and sugars. So when I stumbled upon an angel selling 100% young Thai coconut milk ice cream in Koh Samui, my heart skipped a beat.
A few things to know about Young Thai Coconuts:
- The meat is soft and easily scooped out as opposed to older coconuts and those found in the Caribbean (older coconuts with hard meat are what coconut oil is extracted from).
- The water found in a young Thai coconut is rich in potassium, lauric acid, magnesium, and calcium to leave you feeling hydrated and energized.
- Coconut meat is rich in fiber and promotes thyroid health
- Coconuts are one of the best foods for your skin, not only due to their hydrating properties but to their ability to restore elasticity and boost collagen.
- Raw coconut water is the best, unprocessed form of coconuts because it's enzymes and nutrients remain intact. The pasteurized brands commonly found in supermarkets are essentially just straight sugar without all the good stuff - not to mention they taste weird! When it comes to coconut water, always opt for the raw option.
So needless to say when I found some delicious coconut milk ice cream that had all the benefits of a coconut without all the crap I was in heaven :)
Tucked away in the Fisherman's Wharf of Koh Samui is a little ice cream vendor selling her homemade ice cream in a big steel cylinder container. The local woman cracks open a baby coconut to use as the bowl for the ice cream. She scoops out the meat and pours the water in a cup for you to sip on as she fills the shell with her fresh ice cream. Topped with the freshly scooped coconut meat that is still soft, a tiny umbrella, and a straw shaped cookie (don't eat that part), this little treat HITS. THE. SPOT.
Koh Samui is my favorite part of Thailand between the Fisherman's Wharf and stunning Conrad Samui hotel. Friday nights at the wharf there are festivals with floating lanterns and crowded bars. The lights are so magical here with a view of Koh Phangan in the distance. We stayed at the Conrad Samui during the week and the Fisherman's Wharf on the weekend which was just perfection.
We capped the night with a birthday lantern for Kyle.