Why are ice cream trucks in America so big? Is it that we demand a hundred options and demand everything be in stock? A marketing technique? Maybe it’s a health and safety compliance thing. Regardless, after living in Thailand I am pretty sure a $80,000 truck is overkill:
Homemade coconut ice cream is truly a thing to savor. Add sticky rice and nuts and you’ve got yourself a real delicacy, for only 30-60 cents.
As I get older I really fall in love with the idea of local and homemade. After watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, the idea of buying locally, buying what’s in season, buying what’s coming to harvest at a given time… it’s really a romantic thing. It’s nice to buy fresh ice cream from a cart instead of packaged ice cream from a big truck. It’s nice to buy tomatoes from a farmer’s truck instead of a grocery store.
Seasonality options changing with season cycles comes with local farming but I grew up in New Hampshire. I love the seasons. The cold makes me appreciate summer. After about twenty beach days I start dreaming of snowy days and powdery slopes. Seasonality is a magical thing.
It’s funny how all this works. All over Asia they are building malls, grocery stores, and department stores. Everybody loves them. We have those things in America and I think many of us are sick of them. Maybe it’s that you want what you don’t have…. Or maybe it’s that ice cream carts with homemade coconut ice cream truly are better but you need to experience both before you realize you had it right all along.