These sweet and slightly spicy corn cakes may not have the same sought-after elasticity of classic Thai fish cakes, but the sweetness of the corn and the crispiness sure make up for it.
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Kaffir lime leaves are somewhat hard to come by but well worth the effort. You can find them in Southeast Asian markets, either refrigerated or frozen. This ice cream is just begging to crown a warm, toasty fruit cobbler in need of a perfumed, citrus element.
Star anise contributes more depth of flavor, elevating this from a citrusy ice to something more exotic. You don't need much, and it doesn't need to steep for very long to impart its flavor. The coconut water base is subtle and anise easily overwhelms everything it touches. But when your flavors are balanced, you'll be rewarded with a dessert that's bright and exotic, with a tinge of gingery heat and a kiss of licorice sweetness.