The great thing about living in a sub-tropical climate is that ice cream is popular year round.
Mister Softee is a Hong Kong institution and while it only serves four items (see menu), I preferred the traditional “Soft Ice Cream Crispy Sugar Cone”, which comes in one flavor: vanilla.
My favorite Mister Softee spot was near the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, across from the former Welfare Handicrafts shop. What better way to enjoy the spectacular skyline across Victoria Harbour than with a vanilla cone in hand?
According to the company’s website, Mister Softee came to life in Philadelphia in 1956 and started selling franchises in Hong Kong in 1985.
So I was a bit surprised that a recent New York Times article about Mister Softee going to China didn’t mention its long history in Hong Kong. The injustice!
For a sense of Mister Softee in Hong Kong, complete with Blue Danube playing from the trucks’ loudspeakers, rent Wong Kar-wai’s 1995 film, Fallen Angels. There’s so much Mister Softee ice cream in the film, you’ll probably stay away from vanilla cones for years to come.