Ninja Ice Cream

Ninja Ice Cream

You know you always wanted to try ice cream ‘based on ninja stealth and invisibility technique’…. Here was my chance, with the exclusive ‘black gold’ cone from Kyorollen, at Emporium in Bangkok.

It comes at the premium price of 159 Thai baht, but for that you get a creation which is put together by hand like an artistic masterpiece and served in its own wooden stand.

Everything here is black – the cone made with sumi bamboo charcoal, the kuromame black soya beans, the sticky ball of mochi, even the ‘raw’ chocolate cube. Well, I suppose the ice cream itself was slightly on the grey side, but considering it is made with the famously creamy milk from Hokkaido, this was not surprising.

I could probably have done without the soya bean and mocha components of this treat, but they looked great and I very much enjoyed the rest. Japanese ‘raw’ chocolate is always delicious and this one had a fudgy texture which I particularly enjoyed.

It was an expensive indulgence but definitely worth it.

Shogun Burger

Category : Food

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I always enjoy seeing American fast food chains try to appeal to non-Western taste buds with locally inspired menu variations. It often works really well. For instance, I very much liked a McArabia sandwich I tried in Egypt: koftas and salad with garlic mayo, wrapped in a toasted pitta bread. A long ago McBento in Japan, however, which featured rice topped with various things in a cardboard imitation of a bamboo steamer basket, was less successful.

On a recent trip to Tokyo I spotted this offering from Burger King, a ‘kuro shogun’ burger created in threatening shades of black. Black bread has been popular for a while now in Asia, coloured with bamboo charcoal, but I had never before seen black cheese slices.

Hopefully I never will again. The burger which arrived looked nothing like the big and shiny offering on the poster, and the piece of aubergine sticking out of the side was ridiculous and unappetising. The special black sauce, a combination of red wine and squid ink with garlic and onions, could not be detected, and the whole thing was a greasy disappointment. There is no point consuming calories you are not enjoying, so I chalked my few bites of this down to experience, then went on for some sushi.