Salt & Straw, the awesomely innovative ice cream makers from Portland, Oregon, are celebrating all that’s fermented, funky, and delicious at their three Los Angeles scoop shops this month. Spoiler alert: there’s fish sauce ice cream!
Dreamed up by Salt & Straw’s resident flavor guru Tyler Malek, the limited edition series includes “California Avocado & Cardamom with Fermented Carrot Custard,” “Sourdough with Chocolate & Strawberries,” “Cacao Nib & Red Miso,” and an oddly refreshing “Dill Pickle Sorbet.”
Given my passion and penchant for Vietnamese cuisine, the far-out flavor that piqued my interest most was the “Fish Sauce Caramel with Palm Sugar”—fermented anchovy sauce meets its lusciously sweet, candied destiny.
The secret to the flavor’s success is balance. The subtly sweet backdrop of palm sugar and molasses made way for the forward and punchy fish sauce caramel. Fresh lime zest added brightness and depth, bringing the flavor together like a well-orchestrated nuoc cham.
Growing up on a steady diet of fish sauce, I never could have foreseen its frozen dessert destiny. I loved how this little pint made me rethink a beloved ingredient and its seemingly endless possibilities.
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