X-Pro1 Diaries: The Ice Cream Man Cometh
Belgian chocolate? Nope. Macha (Japanese Green Tea)? Nope. Madagascan Vanilla? Nope. The flavours on offer from one of the last vestiges of Singapore’s past, The Ice Cream Uncle are rather more local and unpretentious, childhood favourites like Red Bean, Sweet Corn, Coconut, etc, conjuring up memories of running after the Ice Cream Uncle on his modified motorcycle/mobile ice cream stall as kids, and sticky fingers from melting ice cream we subsequently wolfed down. The ice cream options are available either in cone form, or sandwiched between two pieces of wafer, or even the local favourite, between a slice of colourful bread. Unapologetically low fi, the Ice Cream Uncle plies his trade in various locations at various times, there’s no regularity as to where he will be at any one day, charging only $1 (USD0.80) for each indulgent treat.
I no longer see any young person doing this, the young no doubt opting for more glamourous career options, and once this batch of Ice Cream Uncles eventually disappear, surely, so will a part of our collective childhoods.