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.

India Curry Ice Cream: naan extra

Beer ice cream: gives “hit me with another cold one” a whole new meaning

Does a double dip of Wasabi + Squid = ice cream sashimi?

Eight tentacles-worth of octopus-flavored goodness

It’s okay to eat dessert first with this yakisoba noodle flavored treat

Don’t breathe a sigh of relief quite yet, vegetarians: for you, there’s eggplant.

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.

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