Chocolate, Strawberry and…Bean Powder?

Okay, buckaroos, it’s time to play Guess That Flavor with these cones of soft-serve goodness I spotted recently in Asakusa! Our first contestants are the lovely blue ice cream on the left, and the tasty-looking coffee-colored one on the right. (Wily contestants will recognize that’s a hint it definitely doesn’t taste like a cup o’ Joe!)

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Next up, that delightfully vanilla-ish-looking one in the middle (a dead giveaway, of course, that it’s NOT vanilla. heh.)

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And finally, the bonus round! Extra you’re-turning-Japanese points for naming the specific seasonal and regional flavor atrributes!

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So, how did you do?

Answers: 1: Purple Sweet Potato and Buckwheat Noodle; 2: Bean Powder (to be fair, this is not just some random bean powder made from yucky lima beans or something, but is actually roasted soybean powder and it’s quite tasty and I myself sometimes order this kind of ice cream DON’T JUDGE); 3: Fully Ripened Melon, Chinese-Style Almond Jelly, and Chocolate Banana

If you’d like to try some of these amazing flavors the next time you’re in Tokyo, I found them at a soft-serve place on Nakamise-dori, the shopping street in front of Senso-ji temple, in Asakusa. Directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

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