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Ask Udder-Smith: What are Japanese Slurpeees?

June 29, 2010

Dear Udder:

It’s my first summer in Japan, and I am enjoying the beach houses that unexpectedly sprung up near my home in Zushi. What are the mounds of shaved ice they are selling, with the brightly colored syrup?

Snow-Cone In Zushi

Dear Snow:

Although the closest American incarnation would be those “snow-cones” of shaved ice we ate as kids in the States, the Japanese summer dessert, kaki-gori, is a much more elaborate concoction. The ice, shaved much smoother, melts in your mouth refreshingly in the humid months of summer. There are many variations of flavors and styles (some establishments add icecream underneath, or azuki bean paste), yet all come in the deliciously big sized mound you’ve noticed at the beach.  Some people call them ‘the Slurpees of Japan’. There are even kaki gori machines you can pick up during this season at any department store in the kitchen wares section. Enjoy this summer, and lose yourself in a daze of shaved ice splendor!

For a picture and more details, click here.

Moos.

Udder

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2010 8:55 am

    Craving an Uji kintoki now…

  2. Udder permalink
    July 6, 2010 9:28 am

    Moooooo! Please explain — what is a Uji Kintoki?

    Udder

  3. humorusguidetojapan permalink*
    July 6, 2010 9:52 am

    More on the Ujikintoki here:
    http://japanesefood.about.com/od/japanesedessertsweet/r/shavediceujikin.htm

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