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Spaghetti Ice Cream

I can’t say I’ve ever had a massive craving for an ice cream sundae that resembles a pile of spaghetti with meat sauce, but at least this isn’t ACTUAL spaghetti-flavored ice cream (weird flavors being the rule rather than the exception in Japan)! This concoction at the “German Cafe” in Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse is actually vanilla soft serve topped with mystery red fruit sauce. Enjoy.

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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  1. “Spagettieis” is the still the most sold icecup in german icecream parlours! The italian-german 17 year old Dario Fontanella invented it in 1969 (That is undisputed). Unfortunately Dario never got his invention patented. He would be rich for sure.
    The vanilla icecream is made into spagettinoodles with a “Spätzlepresse”, a very german thing to start with. It is topped with strawberrysauce (tomatoe) and white rasped chocolate or coconut (parmiggiano). Also key to the real deal is the heap of whipped cream underneath the mount of spagetti. It is supposed to get lightly frozen by the vanilla icecream.
    Incidents of childeren are reported who started to cry when the served dish turned out to be not warm spagetti but cold icecream.

    Do the perfectionist japenese have it right this time ????????

    • Wow, I didn’t know that! I was wondering why the “German Cafe” was offering this specialty, and after you described what a high level of art needs to go into the perfect spaghetti sundae, now I want to try it. Of course, I’d have to come to Germany and eat one there too, for an accurate comparison…. Thanks for correcting me that this isn’t “only in Japan”!

  2. We love spaghetti icecream! It’s a very German dish and I have rarely seen it anywhere else. If it’s done well it should have cream underneath the icecream which starts to freeze slightly, that’s the best bit! 😋

    • I can see that I have revealed my ignorance, and need to do a remedial course on Only In Germany (><;;) You make it sound so delicious, I may have to go back and try this – will check to see if the all-important slightly frozen cream is hiding beneath the "spaghetti"! It will be interesting to see if they do it right – "foreign" foods in Japan are either meticulously recreated with the finest possible ingredients, or they're "improved" by (for example) substituting red bean for raspberry… lol

      • 😊 I only discovered it was a very German dish when I moved to London… there was just nowhere that sold it and I had to satisfy my cravings for it when I was back home! Now I know where to go next Summer when we’re in Tokyo! どもありがと

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