When it comes to ice cream, you probably think you've see it all. From avocado to, er, mayonnaise, artisan gelaterias have certainly been pushing the envelope when it comes to flavouring their frozen treats. But, with just one dedicated parlour in the whole of Europe, Filipino 'dirty' ice cream, may well have slipped under a London foodie's radar. That is, until now.
With a name like Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream, you'd be forgiven for being a little apprehensive. But it's nothing rude (or unhygienic). Rather, it's the nickname for the ice cream produced in a steel drum using ice and salt and sold in Manila's hawker markets.
Second generation Filipino Londoners Omar Shah and Mae Maglanoc founded their first ice cream parlour last year in Kentish Town and, having satiated more than a few sweet teeth in north London, they're primed to open a second site in Chinatown's Asian desserts hub, Newport Court.
With flavours including purple yam, guyabano and matcha, their vibrant confections have a distinctly Eastern influence. And, because it's 2018, where desserts are judged on Instagrammability as well as flavour, you'll be pleased to know they're rather photogenic. Just look at those black cones:
If you're in the mood for something even more adventurous, opt for their signature dish, the Bilog. It's basically a Filipino twist on the ice cream sandwich — a traditional milk bun filled with your choice of scoop and toasted.
Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream opens on 15 September 2018, giving you just about enough time to perfect your food photography skills.
Featured image: @mamasonsdirtyicecream