We put the city's top itim kati names to a blind taste test.

Nuttaporn Ice Cream RUNNER UP

 
The refreshing, clear flavor and tart finish evoke sorbet or granita, but come at the expense of a creamy texture.
Verdict: Coconut ice cream for the guilt-ridden. 
Price: B220/eight scoops
94 Phraeng Phuthon Rd., Phra Nakorn, 089-826-5752. Open Mon-Sat 9am-4pm
 

 Phai Tong

 
The favorite ice cream of Bangkok’s street corners tastes like milk powder riddled with condensed milk.
Verdict: Not worth chasing down the cart.
Price: B240/2.2 kg
Charoen Nakorn Soi 56, 086-789-1817. Open daily 6am-7pm
 

 The Local Canteen YUCK!

 
Candy-sweet and artificial, like sipping from a can of Carnation. 
Verdict: This is not coconut ice cream.
Price: B45/cup
Narathiwas Soi 3. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5:30-9pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
 

 Mahachai

 
Smooth and creamy, but without character and closer to vanilla than coconut.
Verdict: Its rightful place is a Bangkok food court.
Price: B25/cup
Lotus Supermarket, Rama 4 Rd., 087-072-0073
 

 Jing Jing BK PICK!

 
The silky texture goes well with a smoky, roasted-coconut fragrance and the full flavor of a ripe coconut.
Verdict: We can eat this every day.
Price: B50/scoop
154 Charoenkrung Soi 14, 081-974-1929 
 

 Ete

 
The starkly white color conjures up toothpaste, while the fake sweetness does little to spruce up the hard chunks of coconut. Melts rapidly.
Verdict: Its chemical color says stay away.
Price: B55/scoop
7-Eleven citywide
 

 Thiparot

 
A little too rich on the tongue and the orange tinge is off-putting, but the bits of jackfruit and lod chong add good variety.
Verdict: Almost there.
Price: B80/box
Krungthep-Nonthaburi Soi 2, 02-585-0415 
 

See our previous taste tests for Sriracha sauce, croissants and lobster rolls