Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
One of the newest, and certainly one of the most unique, street vendors around town is a tiny cart called Monsieur Singh Lassi Pops.
We ran into them on the west side of 5th Ave between 23rd & 24th St, across the street from Madison Square Park. They did tell us that the cart moves around between a few different spots.
If you’ve ever had lassi, the yogurt drink popular at Indian restaurants, this is a frozen version on a stick. You could call it Indian frozen yogurt, but that would be doing it a disservice, because there are several flavors in each lassi pop.
The girl working at the stand told me this was they opened at the end of July, and they had three flavors on the menu.
Indian lassi can be either sweet or savory, and is used for refreshment during hot weather. With certain spices, it can also be used as a digestif.
The choices were mango, strawberry and honey lemon, but each pop had both fruit and spices mixed in with the lassi yogurt. She also told me they might be introducing a rose flavor soon. The lassi pops cost $2 each.
We opted for the mousson mango, and found out that mousson means “monsoon” in French. That’s a pretty cool name for a frozen dessert, monsoon mango.
In addition to tangy mango, the pop had ginger and mint mixed into the yogurt. This gave the lassi pop several different flavors while eating it. The mint added even more cooling power to the pop.
Freezing lassi obviously makes it even more of a hot weather treat, and the lassi pop was creamier than Italian ices or gelato. This was perfect for a hot New York summer day.