February 20, 2020

My Top Best Favorite Japanese Desserts, Wines, and Sweets – Great Foods & Drinks From Japan 日本デザート, ワイン, アイスクリーム, 食べ物

We all love sweets, and though some of us have more of a sweet tooth than others, it still feels good to eat fresh desserts. So today, I will share with you all my favorite sweets from japan 🗾; my favorite desserts 🍨, fruits 🍑, and wines 🍷from Japan 🎎.

Tempura Ice Cream 🍰

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Tempura ice cream is amazing! Every time I go to a restaurant, and I have a sweet tooth, I order tempura ice cream. Tempura ice cream tastes like a mix of cake and ice cream; it has a soft center with ice cream that is still cold or warm, and then a crispy outer part that tastes like cake batter, but it is not overly sweet. 

Tempura ice cream can be eaten by itself, or you can order banana 🍌tempura ice cream, which comes with a fried banana in the center, and ice cream on the outside to eat with it. 

“Tempura Fried Banana with Coconut Ice Cream”, Ty Konzak, Flickr

Tempura ice cream can be made with various ingredients including: Banana バナナ, vanilla ice cream バニラアイスクリーム, pound cake パウンドケーキ, chocolate syrup チョコレートシロップ, flour , egg , wafer cookies ウェーハクッキー, whipped cream ホイップクリーム, fruit as a topping フルーツ , green tea ice cream お茶アイスクリーム, white sugar on top 白砂糖, or caramel カラメル or strawberry syrup いちごシロップ.

Black Sesame Ice Cream
黒ゴマアイスクリーム 🍦

Black sesame ice cream has a unique flavor that is hard to describe; it is just one of those things that you have to try for yourself. In my opinion though, black sesame ice cream has a nutty taste that is sweet, but also slightly bitter, with the texture of chocolate.

Black sesame ice cream can be made with raw black sesame seeds 黒ゴマ or with black sesame paste 黒ごまペースト. The paste is more concentrated so it gives a much stronger flavor; this is what Japanese restaurant’s usually use to make their black sesame ice cream. 

Since black sesame seeds are used to make this ice cream, it varies in color from black, charcoal gray, blue, brown, beige, to white with black sesame seeds on top. Usually, the darker in color the black sesame ice cream is, the more flavorful it will be. 

Black sesame ice cream is made with cream クリーム, honey はちみつ, brown sugar 黒砂糖, egg yolk 卵黄, whipped cream ホイップクリーム, roasted or toasted sesame seeds, milk ミルク, vanilla extract バニラ抽出物, black sesame paste, and salt 

Plum Wine 梅酒🍷

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Plum wine is one of the best wines that I have ever tasted. This and the Korean raspberry wine are amazing, and I always recommend them to women. Every woman I told about this wine absolutely loved it. It is the perfect drink for women because the wine is made by fermenting real fruit to give it an intense strong fruity flavor that goes down smoothly, doesn’t burn, and doesn’t give you a headache. Plum wine is also quite strong since it is around 15% alcohol content.

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What makes plum wine unique is that the actual plum remains fermenting in the wine until you buy it and choose to drink it, so it becomes sweeter and more flavorful over time. When you look into a bottle of Japanese plum wine, you can usually see the huge Japanese plum in the bottom of it.

Ginger Ice Cream 🍧

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If you are a fan of ginger, you will love ginger ice cream. Ginger ice cream has a strong flavor when there is a lot of fresh cut ginger in it. The taste of ginger ice cream is more mild and muted if the ginger is old and not as fresh. When you buy ginger ice cream, you can see the cut up ginger in it. 

Ginger ice cream can be made with brown sugar 黒砂糖, cream クリーム, cinnamon シナモン, egg yolk 卵黄, fresh ginger ショウガ, vanilla バニラ, milk ミルク, sea salt 海塩, candied ginger 砂糖漬けのショウガ, vanilla extract バニラ抽出物, ginger root 根生姜, and clove クローブ.

Dried Japanese plum/Ume うめ

Ume is the Japanese plum which is purple in color or a yellow orange color. The plums are very sweet and flavorful, but also tart. These plums are used to make plum wine, and in plum wine, they are very smooth, less tart, and very sweet since the alcohol enhances the flavor. 

Japanese plums can be eaten everyday also in the form of plum onigiri/Japanese rice balls 梅おにぎ (which I love), or alone as pickled salted plums. 

Green Tea Ice cream 🍨

Green tea is amazing, and for tea lovers, green tea ice cream is a definite must try. Green tea ice cream can be made with actual green tea お茶 or with matcha 抹茶, which is much more flavorful and concentrated, compared to regular green tea. 

Matcha is a beautiful forest green powdered form of green tea. For the most flavorful green tea ice cream, you should make it with matcha, rather than regular green tea, so that it is fragrant and more flavorful.

Other ingredients found in green tea ice cream includes: eggs 卵, whipped cream ホイップクリーム, sea salt 海塩, milk ミルク, and sugar 砂糖

When you want a healthier ice cream option, green tea ice cream is definitely a great one to reach for since it is made with simple ingredients, it contains less fat, and it is very flavorful and delicious.

Final Thoughts 最後の意見

I love Japanese foods, wines, and desserts. They are much less fattening, very flavorful, less sweet compared to American desserts, and they have a unique taste and flavor. If you have never tried Japanese desserts, foods, or sweet wines, then I highly recommend giving them a try!

What is your favorite Japanese dessert 🍦?

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