History credits the invention of ice cream to a few sources. One of the most credible links is that of the Chinese during the Tang period (A.D. 618-907). The Chinese recipe included milk from buffalo, cow and goat, flour and camphor.
Needless to say, the travel budget doesn’t allow for a trip to China to investigate this claim. I could, however, drop by Chinatown during my New York visit. While I wasn’t able to confirm China’s historical connection to ice cream, I did discover the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
An unofficial landmark of Chinatown, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory serves up exotic Asian flavors like Almond Cookie, Green Tea, Taro, Ginger and Black Sesame. I had to smile upon seeing Vanilla listed as an exotic flavor. After receiving generous samples, I settled on Red Bean.
Since the shop has no seating, I decided to take my ice cream and see the sights of Chinatown. Let me just say, you haven’t truly lived until you’ve feasted on Red Bean ice cream while looking at crispy ducks hanging in a window.