Oh, Miso Ice Cream!

31 May

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I seem to be on a popsicle kick lately. One of the supermarkets I frequent in KL has a fancy popsicle stand called G-Stick, and they had a limited edition run of Japanese-themed popsicles, including Miso Hazelnut, Wasabi, and…Lavender. (I guess Hokkaido is famous for its lavender fields, but it’s not the first thing I think of when imagining Japanese flavors.) I wasn’t too impressed with my last wasabi-flavored sweets experience, so I went with the miso.

ImageMiso is a fermented soybean paste that most people have probably encountered in the form of miso soup. It’s salty and packed with umami, and in Japanese cooking, it’s often combined with sugar for a savory-sweet flavoring; misoyaki butterfish is a good example. Miso also pairs well with fats, like mayonnaise, so miso ice cream isn’t actually that much of a stretch.

The actual product didn’t have as strong of a miso flavor as I expected. It tasted a bit like salted caramel ice cream, but with a stronger nutty/savory undertone. What I found weirder than the miso ice cream was the wee belt of nori (seaweed). I understand that it makes a cute accent, but I think chocolate would have paired better with the ice cream. Maybe the nori should have been on the wasabi popsicle, maybe with a sushi rice-flavored glaze for the full effect? G-Stick, are you up for the challenge?

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