Kaori’s easy recipe – Learn how to make “Hello Kitty Chocolate Ganache Mini Tarts”

11.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

In this article, you’ll learn how to easily make “Hello Kitty Chocolate Ganache Mini Tarts.” You can still make it in time before Valentine’s Day arrives!

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1: Ingredients

50g Chocolate

50g White Whocolate

4 Large Servings of Fresh Cream

9 Mini Tart Pastries

Chocolate Pens

Decorative Fresh Cream

Strawberries

 

 

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2: Divide the milk chocolate and white chocolate into two separate large servings of fresh cream and melt over a pan of hot water. Pour the melted chocolate into the mini tart pastries.

 

 

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3: Leave the chocolate to cool and set. Afterwards, draw Hello Kitty’s face onto the white chocolate tarts with your chocolate pens.

 

 

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4: Slice the strawberries vertically and then cut into heart shapes. Top the milk chocolate tarts with fresh cream and decorate with your heart-shaped strawberries and some silver balls. (Don’t worry if you don’t have silver balls.)

 

 

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5: Done!

 

 

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And there you have it – your creation is complete in no time at all with ingredients you can buy from the shop. The flavour of the chocolate becomes a little soft when you put in ganache and can be enjoyed deliciously even after some time♡

 

There’s plenty more character-themed dishes on the way from Kaori! In the mean time, please check out her Instagram page where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes.

 

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Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27

 

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  • Kaori’s easy recipe – Learn how to make “ “KITTY’s Chocolate Spoon”

    04.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this article, I will introduce to you how to make KITTY-chan’s chocolate spoon which is suitable to be used as a gift for friends.

     

     

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    1: Ingredients

    Chocolate

    ※Each piece is 30g. This time, we will use 180g of chocolate since we are going to make six pieces.

    Chocolate pen

    Marshmallows

    Nuts (any type of nuts you want to eat)

    Dried fruits

    Silicon cup (available at Seria – 100 yen – 3 cups)

    Wooden spoon (Available at Seria)

     

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    2: Dissolve the chocolate by putting the bowl into hot water.

     

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    3: Pour the melted chocolate into the silicon cups.

     

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    4: Draw the face of KITTY-chan on the marshmallow. Draw the parts of the face in the following order / nose → eyes, whiskers → ribbon.

     

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    5: Insert the wooden spoon into the chocolate before the chocolate gets hard.

     

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    6: After inserting the wooden spoon, place your favorite nuts and dried fruits on the top.

    Put a little bit of chocolate underneath the marshmallow and place it on top of the surface of the chocolate.

     

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    7: After decorating the chocolate, put it in the refrigerator and wait for one night.

     

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    8: Remove the silicon cup after the chocolate gets hard. Finished!

     

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    The chocolate itself is very tasty but it is recommended that you put it into hot milk to make hot chocolate.

     

     

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    Since the chocolate is easy to be wrapped, you can give it to your kids’ frineds♡

     

     

     

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.

    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,

    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s easy recipe – Learn how to make “Sanrio Character Temari Sushi” Character Sweets

    30.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, you will learn how to make “Sanrio Character Temaru Sushi”!

     

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    1: Ingredients

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    Nori (seaweed)

    Ikura (roe)

    Nama-fu (wheat starch)

    Tuna

    Snow peas

     

    ☆My Melody (face and ears)

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    Ham

     

    ☆Hello Kitty (chubby face)

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    ☆Pochacco (ears) / Keroppi (eyes)

    Sliced cheese

     

    ☆Pompompurin (face, hat)

    Shredded omelette

    Shimeji mushrooms

     

    ☆Keroppi (eyes)

    Cucumber

     

    Shape cutters, nori hole punch

     

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    2: Prepare sumeshi (vinegared rice) and cook the mushroom, wheat starch and snow peas in shirodashi. Set aside to cool.

     

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    3: Slice the scallop, shape a round sphere of rice and place onto the slice (30g rice used in the photo). Wrap into a round shape with cling film.

     

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    4: Thinly slice the cucumber with a peeler and put on 30g rice like before. Wrap into a round shape with cling film.

     

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    5: Scallop→Hello Kitty & Pochacco

    Cucumber→Keroppi

    Shredded Omelette→Pompompurin

    Put rice onto the shredded omelette that’s on the cling film and wrap like in steps 3 and 4.

    (The shredded omelette in this recipe was bought from the market.)

    Salmon Flakes→My Melody

    (Wrap the rice after covering with salmon flakes)

     

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    6: For Pochacco’s ears, cut the nori into ear shapes and put onto sliced cheese and cut around it with a toothpick.

     

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    7: Pochacco→Fix the ears from step 6 with fried pasta.

    My Melody→Cut the ham into ear shapes and fix with fried pasta. Cut the sliced cheese into an oval and place onto the rice for the face.

    Pompompurin→Fix the sliced cheese ears and cooked with mushroom with fried pasta.

    Keroppi→Place on sliced cheese eyes and round ham slices for the cheeks.

    Hello Kitty→Place on a sliced cheese nose.

     

    Once you have made it this far, place each one onto a plate and place on eyes and noses with hole punched nori.

    (If you put the nori on too early it’ll become really flimsy.)

     

    Create some more temari sushi using the same 30g rice and decorate with roe, wheat starch and snow peas.

     

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    A perfect bento for New Year’s!

     

    Kaori will be making even more character rice dishes for you to try making!

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    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

    You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27

  • Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a “Kitty’s strawberry daifuku”!

    30.July.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Today we’ll look at a recipe that uses a lot of fruit. Let us introduce to you, “Kitty’s strawberry daifuku”.

     

    ■1:Ingredients(to make 6 pieces)

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    ・Strawberries 6

    ・Rice flour for dumplings 120g

    ・Sugar(white sugar or granulated sugar)20〜25g

    (Use white colored sugar to make daifuku white)

    ・White bean paste 180g

    (Use white bean paste to make daifuku white)

    ・Water 150ml

    ・Chocolate pens (black・yellow)

    ・Kitty’s ribbon pic(can be bought at a 100 yen shop)

     

    2:Remove strawberries’ calyx. Wash strawberries and wipe with kitchen paper. Divide the bean paste into 30g each and roll it up. Place the bean paste on a sheet of cellophane wrap flatly. Then put on strawberries and roll it up.

    ※Cut the tip of strawberries so that it can’t come up from bean paste.

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    3:Mix sugar and rice flour for dumplings with water litter by little. Mix it until it becomes smooth.

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    4:When it becomes smooth like picture No.3, heat it for 2minutes and 10 seconds at 500w with a sheet of cellophane wrap. After that, mix it again and heat it for 1 more minutes.

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    5:After heating, mix it until it becomes smoothly like a picture above.

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    6:Place a dough on cornstarch. *Be careful to be burned

    Divide it into 7 pieces. (6 for daifuku and 1 for Kitt7S ears)

    Make each dough flat and wrap it up on bean paste. When dough stick together, make a round with your hands and put the cut sections down.

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    7:When you all roll up, make ears. Cut into triangle, make sure don’t put cornstarch on cut section)

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    8:Put the cut sections down and place it on the heads.

    (If the dough dry up, put a little water)

    When you fixing the ears, put a pic ribbon, and write a nose, eyes, and mustache with chocolate pens.

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    Finished♡

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  • Kaori’s easy recipe – learn how to make a cute Hello Kitty fruit sandwich!

    22.April.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small touch, turn everyday food into something cute with Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Today we’ll be looking at a recipe that uses strawberries to make a cute Hello Kitty sandwich!

     

     

    ■ Ingredients

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    ・Sliced bread

    ・Strawberries

    ・Fresh cream

    ・Sliced cheddar cheese

    ・Chocolate sheets

    ・Cutter

     

    ■How to make

    1: Cut two slices of bread into the shape of Hello Kitty’s face

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    2: Slice the strawberries

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    3: Spread fresh cream on one side of the Hello Kitty “face”

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    4: Layer the sliced strawberries on top of the slice of bread with the fresh cream, place another layer of bread on top to make a sandwich.

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    5: With a third slice of bread, make two hands for Hello Kitty.

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    6: Use the chocolate to make the eyes and whiskers, the cheddar cheese to make the nose, and the strawberries to make a ribbon for Hello Kitty. Use the face you cut out from the bread as a reference for size.

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    7: Attach the whiskers, eyes and nose to the bread using some fresh cream as glue.

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    8: The hands made in step 5 will now be made into a foundation. Please cut them as shown in the picture.

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    9: Pile the remaining slices of bread on top of each other to make a foundation layer. Place this behind the Hello Kitty head to raise it high.

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    10:Place the strawberry sandwich on top of the foundation layer. Put the hands in place and garnish with a strawberry – and you’re done!

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    11:This is how it looks from a side view…now let’s eat the remaining bread and fresh cream as a light snack! ♪

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    1: Ingredients

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    ・rice 250g~260g

    ・Thinly sliced beef 60~70G (pork can also be used)

    ・wheat flour (this will be sprinkled over the beef), adequate amount

    ・sauce / soy sauce – 2tbsp, sweet cooking rice wine – 2tbsp, sake – 2tbsp, sugar – 1tbsp

    (Mix all the ingredients together)

    ・lettuce, adequate amount

    ・red Vienna sausage, 2.3 pieces

    ・laver, 1/4 piece

    ・cheddar cheese slice, 1/4 piece

    ・A Kitty-shaped mold

     

    2: Place the mold on a sheet of cellophane wrap and stuff rice into the mold to half way. Press the rice tightly so that the shaped rice does not crumble when the mold is removed. Make two of these.

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    3: Line up the thinly sliced beef and sprinkle it with wheat flour.

    (The beef and the sauce will attach to each other well by sprinkling it with wheat flour)

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    4: Put oil in the pan and fry the beef. Mix it with the sauce.

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    5: Put lettuce→beef mixed with the sauce→rice on top of the mold-shaped rice.

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    6: Remove the skin of the red Vienna sausage

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    7: Cut the red Vienna sausage to make a ribbon, cut out cheddar cheese to make a nose and cut out laver to make eyes and whiskers.

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    8: First, place the nose (cheddar cheese)on the face and then place the eyes and whiskers on the face.

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    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡

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    12.December.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tokyo Station’s GRANSTA and GRANSTA Marunouchi shopping complexes are holding a New Year’s from December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2019 where sweets and souvenirs will be sold to beckon the new year. The items are based on the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac for 2020.

     

    Sweets and Souvenirs

    Baked New Year 2020 (Contains 5) – ¥1,600 @ Fairycake Fair (Available from December 26)

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    High Grade Fresh Japanese Confection Assortment (Contains 6) – ¥1,848 @ Ginza Kanra (Available Mid-December to Mid-January)

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    New Year’s Card Shrimp Senbei Rice Crackers (Contains 11) – ¥1,080 @ Keishindo (Now on sale until all sell out)

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    In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Santa Rilakkuma cookies 

     

    1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)

    Unsalted butter: 55g

    Icing sugar: 25g

    White sesame seeds: 30g

    Weak flour: 75g

     

    2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order. 

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    5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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  • Japan’s ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY Releases Christmas Themed Menu

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  • Top 10 Most Popular Souvenirs to Pick Up at Tokyo Station’s HANAGATAYA Store | 2019 Edition

    30.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    HANAGATAYA is a souvenir variety shop that opened in Tokyo Station’s central passage back in July. After over 5 months of sales, the store has revealed its Top 10 most popular products based on sales.

     

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    1st Place

    Banana Custard Cream – Tokyo 2020 Olympic Emblem Design (Tokyo 2020 Official Licensed Product) – Contains 8 – ¥1,134 (Tax Included)

    Officially licensed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, these chewy cakes are made from domestic Japanese rice, and are filled with deliciously creamy banana custard.

     

    2nd Place

    Tokyo Banana Butter Madeleine (Tokyo Banana World) – Contains 4 – ¥560 Tax Included)

    Exclusive to HANAGATAYA come these all-new butter madeleine’s created by famous confectionery company Tokyo Banana. These baked treats feature a buttery fragrance and taste, and are made with a banana confiture and finished with fresh lemon.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    3rd Place

    Toro One Press Chocolate Chick (Tokyo Hiyoko) – Contains 3 – ¥648 (Tax Included)

    This year marks 107 since the company Hiyoko was established. The “Toro One Press Chocolate Chick” is a new confection from them: an adorable skyward-looking chick made up of three chocolate layersーeach with their own distinct flavour. At the heart of the chick is a moist chocolate paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    4th Place

    Cheese Wich – Contains 5 – ¥594 (Tax Included)

    These light and refreshing cheese cookies, called Cheese Wiches, are filled with a chocolate-coated melted cheese sauce. Three layers means an enjoyable amalgamation of flavours and textures.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    5th Place

    Chocolate Chestnut Eggs (Ginza Tamaya) – Contains 4 – ¥800 (Tax Included)

    “Goma Tamago” is a popular bite-sized egg-shaped confection. This chestnut flavour was created for HANAGATAYA, a mix of dark chocolate and vanilla flavoured chestnut paste.

    *Exclusive to Tokyo Station

     

    6th Place

    Strawberry Cookie Sandwich (Berry UP!) – Contains 8 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Berry UP! is a cute confectionery brand which creates baked strawberry sweets. Keeping with that theme, they have created a crunchy quintuple-layered cookie sandwich filled with sweet and sour strawberry chocolate.

     

    7th Place

    Shinjuku Curry Ebi (Shinjuku Nakamuraya) – Contains 6 – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    If you’re looking for something more savoury, then this one’s for you: Shinjuku Nakamuraya’s light, fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth ebi, coated in curry spices. One nibble is enough to get you instantly hooked.

     

    8th Place

    Strawberry Polvorón (Berry UP!) – Contains 6 – ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    Another entry from Berry UP!, these polvorón shortbreads are made from lots of fresh strawberries mixed with condensed milk and mascarpone, creating a subtle sweetness that’s enough to have your mouth watering.

     

    9th Place

    BLUE MELTIN SAND (Tokyo Campanella) – Contains 8 – ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    What if herbal tea and cookies became its own snack? That’s what Tokyo Campanella asked too, and so make it a reality. Their BLUE MELTIN SANDs are cat’s tongue cookies stuffed with a herbal tea sauce that has a natural blue colour.

     

    10th Place

    Premium Cacao Full Sablé (Mary Chocolate) – Contains 18 – ¥1,350 (Tax Included)

    Finally, we have a premium edition of chocolate company Mary Chocolate’s Cacao Full Sablés. This one’s for the adults, a sophisticated combination of bittersweet chocolate and berries.

    *Exclusive to HANAGATAYA GRANSTA Tokyo Central Street

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one takes your fancy the most? Whether as a souvenir for the folks back home, or as a treat to yourself to celebrate 2020, if you’re in Tokyo this year then be sure to give HANAGATAYA a visit.

  • Enjoy the Flavours of Sendai with the Zunda Shake Kit Kat

    29.November.2019 | FOOD

    Sendai is famous for zunda mochi: a traditional dessert that fuses boiled mochi (rice cakes) and zunda (sweet edamame bean paste). The zunda mochi shop Zunda Saryo is collaborating with Nestlé to create a Kit Kat Mini with the regional flavour “Zunda Saryo Shake”, which will be released on December 1 at a number of shops including souvenir shops around Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, and selected KASHO SANZEN shops*

    *(Omachi  Hirose-dōri, Koji Matsushima and Monzen Matsushima) 

    Zunda Saryo spreads the delicious flavour of zunda across Japan through their variety of zunda-flavoured desserts and drinks. The Zunda Shake is an original drink made by fusing carefully selected milk with vanilla and then blending it with zunda to create an original sweet shake to represent Sendai. Kit Kat’s crispy wafers add texture to the layers of smooth chocolate, producing a divine flavour. Japan is home to more than 40 different Kit Kat flavours which are popular within Japan and overseas. 20 of those are from Japan’s regional flavour series, which is a collaboration with a regional specialty. 

    Foreigners and even Japanese visitors from other parts of the country will have never seen this new flavour before. The new Kit Kat Mini Zunda Shake flavour is sure to be the best way to experience the flavours of the region. 

     

    The cream filling is kneaded with edamame powder and sandwiched between crispy wafers. The Kit Kat is coated in Zunda shake-flavoured chocolate, creating the perfect Kit Kat flavour.  

     

    Whether you’re looking for a small snack or a souvenir, the Zunda Shake Kit Kat is perfect for you.

  • Instagram Sensation Unicorn Ice Cream Shop Now Selling Christmas Reindeer Ice Cream

    28.November.2019 | FOOD

    Looking for Instagram-worthy ice cream in Japan? You definitely need to check out Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Soon after opening in Tokyo’s traditional Asakusa on July 5, 2019, their soft serve unicorn ice cream instantly earned its fame on social media. From November 28 to December 24, the ice cream shop will be releasing a series of Christmas-limited ice creams that are sure to become a hit sensation.

    This shop is famous for being the only ice cream shop in the world to make unicorn-shaped cones out of financier cake dough and filling them with a sweet spiral of soft serve ice cream for the unicorn’s horn. This Christmas, the shop is introducing Christmas-limited toppings, flowers and wreaths to the decorations menu, making customising your ice cream more fun than ever before. 

    * According to research conducted by Asakusa Tsuno Koi. Protected status has been received for America, Korea and Japan. Applications are still being processed in the EU, Singapore and Mongolia.  

     

    For the Reindeer Soft Serve Ice Cream (¥780), each and every single financier cone is baked carefully, but this time in the shape of a reindeer – and it’s chocolate flavoured. Filled with soft serve ice cream, this reindeer is too cute to eat. 

     

    The Christmas Tree (¥830) is a soft serve pistachio ice cream made using high-grade pistachos: the reigning queen when it comes to nut varieties. The ice cream is finished with one of Asakusa Tsuno Koi‘s original Christmas trees. 

     

    The Santa Claus Soft Serve (¥500) is made using Asakusa Tsuno Koi’s rich-flavoured vanilla ice cream. Young or old, the moment you set eyes on Santa Claus’ face, a smile will automatically appear on yours! 

     

    The Christmas-limited toppings include stars, candy, and gingerbread men (¥100 each). Can’t choose? There is set including all three which costs ¥250.

    The shop interior is also looking more Christmassy. The interior is a fusion of Asakusa’s traditional heritage and the unicorn motif, which is popular in western countries. A colourful flowery background and Asakusa’s traditional folding fans and umbrellas perfectly finish the western-Japanese fusion scene, which is currently soaking in fame on Instagram.

     

    Asakusa Tsuno Koi is serving up a totally unique kind of ice cream that has not been spotted anywhere else in the world. The Christmas-limited ice creams are definitely worth the hype. 

     

    * Prices Before Tax

  • Fine & Fruity Christmas Tarts Baked Up at Qu’il Fait Bon in Japan For 2019

    28.November.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese fruit tart specialist company Qu’il Fait Bon is serving five special tartsーincluding four new onesーat 10 of their branches for Christmas this year from December 20 to 25.

    Eight Fruit Tart (New Tart) – ¥968 per piece / ¥9,684 Whole 25cm / ¥5,316 Whole 17cm / ¥3,357 Whole 13cm

    Topped with eight kinds of fruit, this luxurious tart is filled with a white chocolate-laced custard cream and sat on a deliciously crunchy base. Each bite fills your mouth with an amalgamation of harmonious fresh fruity flavours.

    Strawberry & Berry Cheese Mousse Tart (New Tart) – ¥1,235 per piece / ¥12,355 Whole 25cm / ¥7,322 Whole 17cm / ¥4,897 Whole 13cm

    This tantalising tart is made with Le Gall cream cheese and is layered with sponge, cream and shortcake. It’s finished with a topping of juicy strawberries and even more cream.

    Sweet and Sour Berry & Chocolate Cream Tart (New Tart) – ¥967 per piece / ¥11,612 Whole 25cm / ¥6,139 Whole 17cm / ¥4,594 Whole 13cm

    A more sophisticated tart for the grown-ups, this rich delight is the perfect indulgence for the holy night this Christmas, finished with a glossy sauce and sparkly gold leaf. The smooth bavarian sauce coupled with the sweet and sour berry assortment is a match made in heaven. For texture, there is added crunchy feuillantine made from thinly baked crepe dough.

    Two-Coloured Grape Tart (New Tart) – ¥921 per piece / ¥7,369 Whole 21cm / ¥5,892 Whole 17cm

    If you love grapes, then this tart is a dream come true: a combination of red and green grapes sat on top of a bed of crème raffinée and a cinnamon-sprinkled base. Enjoy the sweet, sour and juicy flavours.

    White Chocolate Cream & Fukuoka Beni Hoppe Strawberry Tart – ¥1,647 per piece / ¥16,470 Whole 25cm / ¥8,138 Whole 17cm

    This tart is made with beni hoppe strawberries from Fukuoka which are renowned for their rich taste and balanced sweetness and sourness. This tart is made with only the best selection of these large grapes. Enjoy this simple but extravagant combination of white chocolate custard cream, fresh cream, and light and fluffy sponge.

    *Exclusive to the following Qu’il Fait Bon branches: Grand Maison Ginza, Aoyama, Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi, Yokohama, Fukuoka, Hamamatsu, and Sendai

    White Chocolate Cream & Fukuoka Amaou Strawberry Tart – ¥1,762 per piece / ¥17,625 Whole 25cm / ¥8,934 Whole 17cm 

    This tart is also made with strawberries from Fukuoka, a type known as amaou. They are juicy, plump, and glossy red. They are paired perfectly with white chocolate custard and fresh cream.

    *Exclusive to the following Qu’il Fait Bon branches: Grand Front Osaka and Kyoto

     

    These tarts are available for a limited-time only, so treat yourself this Christmasーa time that comes only once a year!

     

    *All listed prices include 8% consumption tax. Rate subject to change if dining in at a select branch. Select branches may not serve individual slices.

  • Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo to Release Celebratory Year of the Rat Roll Cake for 2020

    27.November.2019 | FOOD

    As 2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo’s gourmet shop Melissa is ensuring their customers thoroughly enjoy their New Year’s celebration by releasing a roll cake dressed in Japan’s traditional celebratory colours and decorated with 2020’s zodiac theme of the Rat. The cake is appropriately named Akemashite omedetou gozaimouse, which is a play on words with the Japanese New Year’s greeting “Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu”. The roll cake will be sold from December 28 2019 to January 7, 2020 and only 10 will be sold per day.

     

    Melissa has been selling Chinese zodiac-themed confections since 2010, basing designs on the animal of the zodiac celebrated in that year. The pâtissiers never fail to produce cute designs full of fun and personality. 2020 will see the release of a strawberry roll cake decorated with the Year of the Rat theme. Pink dough is wrapped around a strawberry and strawberry cream filling. The cake is topped with an adorable chocolate mouse, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, pâte de fruits, and many more delicious toppings. The red strawberries and white cream represent the traditional colours of celebration in Japan.

     

    As the Year of the Rat is the first year of the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle, 2020 is a year to start afresh and look forward to a fruitful year. The pâtissiers are putting their heart and soul into each and every roll cake they produce, making this the perfect way to bring in the New Year.

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