[Tokyo] Goma or ‘sesame’, must be one of the most under-rated ice cream flavours in other parts of the world. Except in Japan.
However, it was still a surprise to find the ice cream parlour Gomaya Kuki ごまアイス, that sold nothing but Goma Ice Cream.
The small shop is located about a 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from Omotesando station, on a stretch lined with artisanal coffee houses and indie fashion boutiques. This is where the Japanese hipsters go to.
The ingredients used to make the smooth ice cream, are from the established Kiku Sangyo, a time-honoured sesame house from the Mie prefecture.
I saw 6 different Sesame Ice Cream flavours, from the basic Kuro (black) and Shiro (white), with both versions with an option of higher intensity, Kuro Shio (black sesame with sea-salt) or Tsubutsubu Zakkoku (chunky mixed sesame).
A cup of 2 scoops was priced at ¥500 (SGD$6.30, USD$4.50).
I chose both the more intense options, but didn’t regret at all.
The texture was rich and smooth, but what was appealing was the deep, layered sesame flavour that could leave a lingering taste even after a while.
Each Kuro Goma “Super Rich” ice cream scoop is said to be made out of 9000 black sesame seeds, thus the intense ‘packed’ flavour.
Not sure if this can be considered “richest sesame ice cream” in the world, but it was enough to cause some rolling in the deep.
Minami Harajuku Bldg 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (Omotesando station)
東京都 渋谷区 神宮前 4-6-9 南原宿ビル１F
Tel: +81 70 3265 0783
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm