Thai Ice Cream with Basil Seeds & Chocolate-Ginger Ganache

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Ice cream is served throughout Thailand just as it is in many countries. Often served by bicycle vendors or via motorized carts, as shown in pictures below. Here is a basic icecream recipe using coconut, the most common icecream flavor, producing a rich, creamy icecream we know you'll enjoy. We've enhanced it with sweet basil seeds, giving an interesting texture & subtle fruit flavor. We highly recommend that you make this recipe just as described, served with the chocolate-ginger ganache and fragrant Thai cookies. It's an unbelievably perfect balance of flavors, the type of dessert found in the most prestigious, not just Thai, restaurants. This dessert really spans the international spectrum of culinary appeal, people will rave about it for weeks after trying it.

Idea: Dairy Queen in Thailand offers Thai icecream topped with pandan sticky rice.


2 3/4 cups coconut milk
1 1/4 cups heavy cream (whip cream)
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon sweet basil seeds


In a saucepan bring the coconut milk, cream and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and let it cool down a bit. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs well. Now, gradually beat the coconut mixture into the eggs. Do it slowly by ladling a bit of coconut milk into the bowl first, making sure the coconut milk is not too hot, otherwise it will cook the eggs. Gradually add more and more coconut milk until everything is mixed together well. Let it cool completely, and chill in the fridge.

Pour the cold mixture into a small loaf pan, cover it with cling wrap and remove any air between the wrap and the mixture. Freeze for about two hours, until it starts to get firm throughout. Remove from freezer and mix with a spoon, then place the mixture into a food processor or blender and beat until smooth. Pour it back into the pan.

Separately, add 1/2 tablespoon sweet basil seeds to 1/2 cup water. Stir it up and within a minute or so, the seeds expand as shown. Gently fold the basil seeds into the icecream, and stir it up well. Place cling wrap back over the pan, again removing any air, and freeze several hours.

Ingredients (chocolate-ginger ganache)

One 13 oz can coconut milk
1/3 cup palm sugar
1 teaspoon ginger powder (or 1.5 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger)
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

Method (chocolate-ginger ganache)

Combine coconut milk, palm sugar and ginger powder in saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the palm sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until mixture is melted and smooth. Makes 2 1/2 cups.


Spoon the icecream into a dish and add Thai fragrant cookies to the dish as shown. The smoky aroma of the Thai cookies really ties this dessert together, but you can omit the cookies if you'd like. Drizzle warm ganache over the iceream and cookies, enjoy!

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November 4th, 2008
3:08 PM
wow..Yummy :P
April 2nd, 2009
2:55 PM
woo hoo!!! :)
April 23rd, 2009
11:17 AM
that looks really good!!!!!!!! Yummmmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 11th, 2009
3:46 PM
we don't now how to makeice crean and i love you lol...........
April 5th, 2010
11:00 PM
wow...i love this ice cream...i think im going to try to make it...
June 21st, 2011
10:29 PM
This is a great recipe !! The basil seeds really taste great as a flavor addition. I'm going to make an ice cream cake with this recipe(Coconut Cake ).
May 12th, 2013
5:03 PM
Did you mean to include the whole egg in this recipe? I followed your directions and am disappointed with how yellow this ice cream is. I have tasted it yet but just by appearance I can tell it's not what I am looking for.
May 18th, 2013
5:47 PM
Okay, Sal here again. I have to say that although the color remained more yellow than I am accustomed to, the flavor got a thumbs up from the family.

Still I am curious if I should have used just egg whites?
July 23rd, 2015
1:08 PM
I love Thai food. I always try to cook Thai food at home.. My first choice is Thai food.

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