Ice Fried Yogurt is a thing, and you can find it in Vancouver at ON Yogurt (PHOTOS)

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Specializing in Ice Fried Yogurt, ON Yogurt offers customers a unique choice of frozen desserts to be had in Vancouver.

There’s no frying in hot oil though, as the name might suggest–this frozen treat is actually made without oil or heat; it is simply flash frozen.

Ice frying at ON Yogurt (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Ice frying at ON Yogurt (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

ON Yogurt owners Mary Hou and Joseph Zhao say they learned of this iced-treat making method while traveling abroad in Thailand. In their Yaletown shop, they make their own organic yogurt in-house, as well as a yogurt-based gelato, then “ice fry” it right in front of customers.

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How’s it done? They pour the yogurt onto an ultra-cold grill (along the lines of an anti-griddle, which you may have seen on shows like Chopped), and constantly manipulate it until it’s frozen. Half of it is scooped into the cup, the other half spread thin, then scraped into curls that go into the cup. You can get the yogurt ice fried with a variety of fresh fruit and other ingredients, including tapioca pearls, nuts, seeds, jellies, or chocolate flakes, and more, worked into the yogurt or as toppings.

Ice fried yogurt at ON YOGURT (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Ice fried yogurt at ON Yogurt (Jess Fleming / Vancity Buzz)

Yogurt flavours include original, chocolate, matcha, peanut butter, or Earl Grey, and you’ll find seasonal specials, too. Also on the menu are yogurt-based drinks, bubble tea, coffee, waffles (topped with Ice Fried Yogurt of course), sandwiches, and pastries. In addition to the food and drink offerings, ON Yogurt sells their own merchandise, like tote bags, home decorations, and other daily-use items.

We got a behind-the-scenes look at how ON Yogurt makes their signature “ice fried” yogurt and gelato.

Zhao pours out Earl Grey Yogurt Gelato:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

The yogurt is poured in a circle, and starts freezing right away:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Zhao uses paddles to manipulate the yogurt as it freezes:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

The yogurt is almost frozen and is firming up:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Mixing cookie crumble into the frozen yogurt-gelato:

 Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

With half scooped into the cup, Zhao smoothes out the rest on the pan and forms it into curls:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Finishing up with the ice-fried yogurt gelato by placing the curls upright in the cup:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Over to the toppings station:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

The final product:

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz

ON Yogurt

Address: 95 Smithe Street
Twitter: @ON_YOGURT

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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Jess Fleming Jess is a Staff Writer at Vancity Buzz. Originally from Sydney, she obsesses over where to eat and drink and writes about adventures near and far.
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