Connect with us

Thai Life

Phuket Food: FroYo – The cool new trend in healthy snacks

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The latest Korean craze to hit Thailand, after TV dramas and the Gangnam-style dance, is soft-serve frozen yoghurt, also known as “FroYo”.

Opened recently in The 6th shopping mall in Patong (just across the road from Jungceylon and next to the White Tiger Bar), Bang Frozen Yoghurt offers a healthy alternative to traditional full-fat and sugared ice cream.

“Although frozen yoghurt is very popular in the USA, Australia and Europe, it actually originated from Korea,” says Sujin Lyu, the Korean- American owner of Bang Fro Yo.

Sujin, an English teacher who has lived on the West Coast of USA and is married with two young children, traveled across Thailand last year. In Phuket she couldn’t help noticing the lack of frozen yoghurt here.

Hoping to capitalize on this business opportunity, Sujin, instead of opening an English language school in Korea as planned, opened Bang Frozen Yoghurt.

Situated in one of the colorful Sino-styled shop houses in The 6th, the light green façade of the establishment leads inside to a modern and playful interior decorated with cut-out stencils. The atmosphere is carefully created to be “cool, hip and friendly,” in an effort to entice young people. An L-shape sofa lines one corner of the room, while a few tables and chairs on the terrace provide additional seating. There is also free WiFi and laptop stations.

From the soft-serve ice cream machine, customers fill their cups with frozen yoghurt (at the moment the flavors are: plain, and mixed wild berries, but more flavors are coming soon). You then select your fresh fruit and cereal toppings and add flavor with either jam or chocolate sauce. Toppings such as colorful sweets prove popular among young children who, according to Sujin, love to play with their dessert. Bang Frozen Yoghurt is priced at 70 baht per 100 grams.

“Live yoghurt is a good source of calcium. It contains good bacteria or probiotics, which are known to be beneficial for our health by warding off germs and helping boost immunity. And they don’t die through the process of freezing,” assures Sujin.

Although frozen yoghurt is a generic term, Bang is Sujin’s own creation made from live yoghurt and real fruit. It is low in fat, sugar and sodium, making it a perfect snack for people with a weight problem or health-related issues.

Along with frozen yoghurt and in an attempt to feature things Korean, Sujin stocks two types of Korean Soju or rice wine: a strong Hong Cho drunk all over Korea and a sweeter version called Yaku Soju. “These drinks are hard liquor, and I strongly recommend people not to drive after drinking them,” warns Sujin.

“Frozen yoghurt is a popular snack of choice for many Americans,” says Sujin. Leonardo DiCaprio was once booked for stopping in a No-Parking area in Beverly Hills. Rumor has it that he flouted the law waiting for his FroYo.”

Well, if it’s good enough for DiCaprio…

— Nanthapa Pengkasem

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Travel8 hours ago

Where to find underrated international cuisines in Bangkok

Bangkok9 hours ago

Chinatown manhole covers to use art, tech to become cultural map

Transport10 hours ago

Man fights Indian Railways for 22 years for justice (and 9 baht)

Events12 hours ago

Tourism Minister visits Full Moon Party, supports later curfew

Crime12 hours ago

Thais cautioned against fake government websites

Thailand13 hours ago

Another Thai boxer dies from brain injury after fight in Malaysia

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand14 hours ago

Expats in Thailand, Cartoon characters & Letting Loose | Thaiger Bites

Pattaya14 hours ago

VIDEO: Young Thais have a blast at Pattaya Music Festival weekend 2

Pollution15 hours ago

Anti-Corruption Network complains of smelly wastewater in coastal Thai province

Weather15 hours ago

Flooding from overflowing rivers soaks Chiang Rai and the border

Phuket16 hours ago

Phuket police nab 3,373 meth pills from 5 suspects

Pattaya18 hours ago

Pattaya night club owner gives free meals on Thai Mother’s Day

Thailand19 hours ago

Current Thailand Visa Options for Digital Nomads

Central Thailand19 hours ago

Police find fake Covid-19 tests worth millions in central Thailand

World20 hours ago

UPDATE: Rushdie is talking again, attacker pleads not guilty

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending