I’ll Have the Eel Sundae with Pepper and a Cherry on Top
Yep, it’s actually eel-flavored ice cream. With a handy packet of sanshō pepper on top for your take-out dining pleasure! At the Cup Ice Museum, you can buy individual servings of this and many other flavors that at best might be described as…interesting.
Not to be outdone, the ice cream stands surrounding the museum in Ice Cream City serve up their share of odd delights. This “gelato” stand features REALLY black “Nero” (black sesame) and a “Rosso” offering spiced with Japanese togarashi red peppers.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix. If you’d like to visit the Cup Ice Museum (part of Ice Cream City, upstairs from Gyoza Stadium) in Ikebukuro the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.