With October typically comes the demise of New York’s ice cream season -- but according to famed NYC ice cream chain OddFellows, ice cream is best enjoyed year-round. This October, to kick-start a rotating five-month series of cultural, limited-edition flavors, the place is serving an ice cream treat that can only be consumed with chop sticks: ice cream mochi dumplings. “We decided to collaborate with Mimi Cheng's on this because we love their dumplings,” OddFellows head chef Sam Mason told Thrillist. “We thought it’d be interesting to do an ice cream version -- and mochi just became the liaison.”
To create the dumpling treats, Mason and his team steam a mixture of rice flour, sugar, and water to form the mochi, before cooling the dough and dusting it with corn starch. Next, they fold scoops of this month’s limited-edition Asian-inspired ice cream flavors (think coconut sticky rice and miso cherry) into handmade dumpling mochi shells, all of which are garnished with matcha powder and black sesame seeds. Each dumping order is served in a traditional white cardboard take-out box, with a pair of chopsticks, and a packet of salted coconut dipping sauce.