Dessert date review: Kakigori in Kaki Yuki dessert bar
This time no dinner date review, but a dessert review! Just as tasty, or it might be even better than dinner. For a year, I avoided it, too afraid that I would get addicted to this dessert. But in Penang, we couldn’t escape it and ordered Kakigori in the Kaki Yuki cafe.
Kaki Yuki, or the Shaved Iced Dessert Bar, is the ‘foodwalhalla’ for dessert lovers. Not just an ordinary dessert, because you won’t find hot brownies with a scoop of ice cream or pieces of cake here. Instead, they serve Japanese shaved ice. What’s so special about that, you might wonder, but it’s much more than just some frozen water. Besides that, kakigori is so enormous that you need a whole group of people to clear your plate. Even I can’t handle this on my own and was very happy that Jeroen and I decided to share the dessert.
‘Welcome to our bizarre, delicious, frozen paradise.’ The mission of Kaki Yuki is to bring a breeze of cool air to Malaysia with their handmade Japanese ice cream and premium ingredients. That cool breeze is quite necessary from time to time, so from now on, I can go to Kaki Yuki to cool off. Yuki is the snow woman, by the way. Nobody knows exactly where she comes from, but here in Malaysia, she is having a good time. She loves the warm weather, but her body can’t stand the heat. To prevent her from melting, she eats ice cream.
This dessert bar is known for the Kakigori. And this dessert has been through many generations before it became as we know it now.
- Color: the most common and earliest available kakigori consists of shaved ice covered with artificially colored syrup.
- Shōwa: the second generation is the Shōwa period, named after the polar bear. The ice is covered with fruit, candy, and jelly and decorated like the face of a polar bear.
- Wafu: this version of kakigōri has been regarded as the original version of traditional kakigōri, which highlights the original flavors of Japanese tea. This dessert is therefore often served in tea flavors such as matcha.
- New generation: a combination of western desserts and the traditional kakigori flavors. Instead of artificially colored syrup, they now use fresh fruit syrup and use cocoa powder, nuts, and cream. Nowadays, you see more and more specialty stores in Japan offering this new generation dessert.
And then it was time for us to make a choice. We got a huge menu with so many different possibilities that we didn’t know where to start. It all looked great on the menu, but it remains to be seen if it looks the same on your plate. We decided to go for the ‘Classis Tiramisu’ with chocolate and coffee. We paid RM16, converted €3,25! There was no time to relax because we had to go through the ‘Kakigori eating tips’. And this came in handy!
- First of all, it is important to take a picture. Nobody would believe that you ate this huge ice cream on your own.
- Start with your spoon at the bottom and work your way up. Start on the outside, so don’t put your spoon directly through the dessert.
- Spoon carefully, because before you know it, the whole dessert will collapse. Not that it will taste less well!
- Finally, make sure you eat evenly from all sides. Again, otherwise, I hope you made a picture beforehand.
Soft ice cream
Perfect timing, we had just finished reviewing the tips when the bell rang, and our number appeared on the digital board. It was Jeroen’s honor to pick up the dessert. As Jeroen turns around and I catch a first glimpse of the kakigori, I start laughing out loud. In the meantime, the bar was pretty full, and Jeroen got all the attention. You can’t see the size of the kakigori on the menu, so I never expected it to be huge. And then the scooping started, where we were able to make our way through the enormously soft ice that melted directly on the tongue.
Cream layer with cocoa powder
On top of the mountain lay a creamy layer of cream with cacao powder. The cream combined with the shaved ice was surprisingly delicious. The ice itself also had a sweet tiramisu taste, and even though you think it’s just water, you’re starting to get pretty full of it. I didn’t think a dessert would make us laugh like that, but how delicious it was! I still don’t know if I am happy that we have been here. At least now we know for sure that we will come back to try out a new flavor.