This is where you’ll want to get ice cream in Essex Market. This offshoot of the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has a ton of flavors, and we’ve always gone with some sort of combo of pandan, Thai ice tea, and ube (sometimes all three). Just know this location is only open until 6pm.
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This Thai vendor in Essex Market specializes in Hainan chicken rice and crispy fried chicken bánh mì.
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