Sake Ice Cream: A Must-Try for Authentic Japanese Experience

There are so many ice cream flavours in this world and while we’re familiar with chocolate and vanilla flavours, do you know, Japan do offer more special flavours of their own! From matcha, kuro-goma (black sesame), to kinako (nutty toasted soybean flour). Those flavours can be found everywhere in Japan!


Moreover, almost every town in Japan created and have its own special flavours. Japan clearly has delightful range of ice cream flavours that you should try. But if you want to culturally experience Japan, there is a MUST TRY for you and it’s sake ice cream!


Japanese people believe the concept of not wasting anything, which is called “Mottainai”. One example is Japanese hoji tea. Hoji tea is not made from green tea leaves that we usually enjoy but it is made from green tea stems, which are still as flavourful!


With “Mottanai” in mind, Japanese people are triggered to make something out of sake lees (or “Sakekasu” in Japanese). They squeeze the rice out to make sake, then they have solids which called Sakekasu (“Kasu” means “waste” in Japanese). 


Sakekasu has since then been a classic Japanese ingredient. It is usually used as added ingredient to marinate fish or meat to them more tender, plus, adding sake flavours on the foods. Some people also use Sakekasu to make pickles as well!


Obviously, their creativity doesn’t stop there. There’s a dessert made from Sakekasu – Sake ice cream. It’s a little bit lighter than regular ice cream with subtle sake flavour, sweetly aromatic and mostly made with milk. Even kids can eat, too, since the alcohol evaporates when making the Sakekasu paste.



Wondering where to find sake ice cream in Singapore? You can find it in Hokkaido Izakaya, which has two branches in Singapore.



Hokkaido Izakaya (Tanjong Pagar) 95 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088516 Tel: +65 6221 7118


Hokkaido Izakaya (Japan Food Town @ Wisma Atria) 435 Orchard Road #04-51, Singapore 238877 Tel: +65 6262 3461