February 13, 2011

Dirty?

Ever since I was a little kid, I've always just known the ice cream in these colorful carts as "dirty" ice cream. My guess is that it was to distinguish this cottage industry ice cream from those made in big, commercial factories. And because these industries aren't strictly regulated, their sanitation and hygiene standards probably leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully, I haven't heard of anyone getting sick from eating "dirty" ice cream, which began with flavors which are distinctly Filipino: cheese (my favorite), ube (purple yam), buko (coconut) and mango, though more standard flavors like strawberry and chocolate are also available. You can choose between a wafer cone or a sugar cone or, if you find the serving size in cones too small (like my friend), you can bring your own glass and the sorbetero will fill it to the brim.

'dirty' ice cream cart

11 comments:

bfarr said...

sounds interesting...cheese ice cream...really?

George said...

I'm trying to decide what cheese ice cream would taste like. But it wouldn't surprise me if these ice creams had better flavor than the ice creams made by the large firms.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Sorbetero? You've just extended my Spanish. Here we call them palateros but then, I don't think they sell sorbet. Sign me up for the mango.

DeeBee L. said...

I think it's the best way to develop anti-bodies! Too uch hygien kills...
I often use these little outlets when i am in Asia, and am never sick.
They are part of the asian culture, colourful and cheap. It will be a pity when they are made to disappear. DeeBee

Cezar and Léia said...

Cheese is a different flavor for me, I'm curious about the taste!
Léia :)

Leif Hagen said...

A very cute, yellow ice cream cart! I guess they're staying cool in the shade!

Hilda said...

Barb, George, Léia:
I wish I could send you some queso ice cream — it's really very good! :)

James2785 said...

Queso Ice cream one of my favorite flavor, It's just delicious. Mouth - watering.

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Francisca said...

I've been trying to get a good photo of one of these "dirty" ice cream carts for years, and have particularly been looking lately to get one to post... I like yours, Hilda.

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boystownfamily said...

hahaha. dirty? it's never been dirty to me. and it's a Philippine Icon.
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