Place of origin
|Ice, syrup, condensed milk|
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Popular flavors include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, "Blue Hawaii," sweet plum, and colorless syrup. Some shops provide colorful varieties by using two or more different syrups. To sweeten kakigōri, condensed milk is often poured on top of it. It is not like a snow cone: It has a much smoother fluffier ice consistency, much like fresh fallen snow, and a spoon is almost always used to eat it. The traditional way of making kakigōri uses a hand cranked machine to spin a block of ice over an ice shaving blade. Even though electric ice shavers are most often used, street vendors can still be seen hand-shaving ice blocks in the summer.
In addition to the streets, kakigōri is sold in festivals, convenience stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. During the hot summer months, kakigōri is sold virtually everywhere in Japan. Some shops serve it with ice cream and sweetened red beans or tapioca pearls.
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Similar dishes in other cultures
- Baobing: The Taiwanese shaved-ice variant
- Patbingsu: The Korean shaved-ice variant
- Halo-halo: The Philippine shaved-ice variant
- Ais Kacang / Ais batu campur (ABC): The Malaysian shaved-ice variant.
- Grattachecca: The Italian shaved ice variant popular in Rome.
- Hawaiian Shave Ice: The Hawaiian shaved-ice variant.