And naturally we’re getting a fist-sized purin pudding as a topping.
It’s just about unattainable to get through a Japanese summer without eating shaved ice. Delicious and widely available, it’s the proper method to satisfy your sweet tooth while coping with the new and humid weather.
What if as a substitute of shaving ice, though, you shaved a milkshake? That’s the query posed by Motosue Hanare, and we stopped by the cafe within the town of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture to seek out out the reply.
Along with the restaurant, the Motosue company runs a small chain of high-class confectionary shops specializing in egg-based sweets equivalent to cakes and custard puddings. They applied that expertise to creating what are known in Japan as miruku seki, an old-school corrupted pronunciation of “milkshake,” which often refers to a version of the beverage with a sweet, eggy custard flavor. Hanare then freezes that milk shake and shaves it to create its Milkshake Shaved Ice.
As if that isn’t tempting enough, Hanare also offers quite a lot of different toppings. On our visit, we decided to double down on the eggs-travagance by ordering the Pudding Milkshake Shaved Ice, which comes topped with a purin, or Japanese-style custard pudding. Naturally, we also opted for the massive size.
After putting in our order, there was a 15-minute wait until our dessert arrived. That’s pretty long for shaved ice, however the cafe’s interior is nice and cozy, and we could definitely understand the long prep time after we saw how incredible the Pudding Milkshake Shaved Ice looks. It was a thing of towering frozen beauty, and comes accompanied with a small glass of condensed milk to pour on for extra sweetness, do you have to so desire, in addition to some monaka wafers to stuff with shaved ice/shake.
▼ The little support stand for the spoon is an especially classy touch.
Then there’s the purin itself, which was enticingly huge, about as big as an adult’s clenched fist.
▼ Every week is Purin Week here at SoraNews24, but this week is Giant Purin Week!
As you possibly can probably tell from it, the ice here is finely shaved. It is a contrast with traditional shaved ice stands in Japan, which often provide you with a coarser grain, but this soft and fluffy variant is gaining popularity for fancy eat-in shaved ice at cafes. The flavour is delicious, and since miruku seki is speculated to let the egg play a robust role in stimulating your taste buds, it’s not overpoweringly sweet, but still satisfyingly creamy.
Speaking of textures, purin’s tends to differ by maker in Japan. Sometimes it’s almost drinkable soft, but other times it has a more solid consistency. Hanare’s purin is on the firmer side of the dimensions, which is certainly the precise call, because it allows the pudding to keep up its form without dissolving even while it’s sitting atop a pile of shaved ice. That firmness also makes for an interesting interplay of mouthfeels whenever you get each purin and ice in the identical spoonful, and the flavour is as strong and engaging as we’d expected it to be.
Adding a pour of condensed milk, obviously, kicks the sweetness up a level, and the intensity could be sort of peculiar in comparison with the ice and purin on their very own. Not that we’re complaining about our dessert being sweet, though, since this tastes amazingly good. And just after we were worrying that our taste receptors could be beginning to get saturated…
…we found a surprise supply of lemon kanten (agar) at the underside, and the citrusy gelatin cleansed our pallate and had us ready for one more circuit of sweetness.
It was at this point we remembered the monaka wafers. Truthfully, we were a little bit skeptical of the concept, but it surely seems that shaved milkshake monaka are great, with an attractive outer crunch and snowy soft center.
The massive-size Pudding Milkshake Shaved Ice cost us 1,350 yen (US$10), but there’s also a small size that’ll prevent 400 yen (and in addition possibly prevent from a brain freeze when you can’t stop eating so long as there’s shaved ice in front of you). Really, our only grievance is that Hanareya’s Milkshake Shaved Ice series is barely available in the course of the summer, so we may have to go again this month to try those with matcha azuki and sweet potato toppings.
Motosue Hanare / 本巣ヱ 離れ
Address: Hyogo-ken, Nishinomiya-shi, Kikutani-cho 1-28
Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekdays), 11 a.m.-630 p.m. (weekends, holidays)