Thursday, August 13, 2015

ラーメンXかき氷 (Ramen and Shaved Ice)

ラーメンXかき氷

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I was out grabbing the limited chilled noodles at Soranoiro Salt and Mushroom the other day. At least that is the excuse I'm giving!

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Sure, their chilled noodle dish was fantastic. Goya, daikon, and a vinegar sesame sauce all came together to help me cool off in the heat.

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But the real reason I was here was for the kakigori. Japanese-style shaved ice is amazing. Unlike the stuff you are used to at festivals in America, the stuff in Japan is on another level. Crunchy ice? No way, Japanese-style is finely shaved, akin to fresh powder snow. Sickly sweet syrups? Nope, Japanese-style is usually very lightly sweetened using only fruit, cream, and flavorings like matcha.

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And for some reason I can't quite figure out, a few ramen shops are serving up kakigori as part of their summer menus.

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Here at Soranoiro, they had Hokkaido strawberry, roasted soybean flour with black sugar, kiwi, and sweetened milk. They had a special Fukushima peach bowl  on this day.

This one was epic. Instead of a regular block of ice, they used milk and fresh cream to make the mountain for snow. It was like eating a cloud. The strawberry matched perfect. Strawberries and cream, Japanese style.

They around only serving this from 1pm to 3pm, and then again from 6pm until around 9pm.

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A few other shops do this during the summer. Ones that pop into my mind are Kabo-chan (above) and Neiroya (below). I can't recommend these enough. Come September, expect them to have melted away.

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