Netflix sometimes pulls you into realms you never imagined. I don’t know how we stumbled upon this TV adaptation of a Japaneses manga. But it has changed us forever. It’s about a serious looking book salesman Kantaro Amiteni who plays hooky during work hours to indulge his sweet tooth at some amazing dessert cafes in Tokyo. Night after night, we would watch Kantaro on Netflix and salivate at the desserts and the intricate processes involved in creating such delectable masterpieces.
Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman’s journey has been a revelation for me. His earnest quest to travel across Tokyo not just to taste but truly experience each dessert on his list. Of late I too have been struck with his obsession to taste certain delicacies, even if it means walking endlessly down the narrow alleys of Bangkok. A lot of the dishes he relished were quite alien sounding to us, like the Mamekan, Dorayaki and the Kakigori to name a few.
Being in Bangkok certainly has its perks.. And since it boasts of a huge Japanese population, we were sure we could uncover some Japanese dessert cafes serving these traditional Japanese sweets.
At long last, one weekend while walking down a road behind a mall in Siam, we saw a picture of what could only be a Kakigori!! “Yes finally”, I thought!!
Absolutely delighted that we found one of Kantaro’s favorite desserts, we rushed into the cafe and ordered a Strawberry cheesecake kakigori. The excitement was palpable as they ceremoniously brought out the tall dome shaped dessert made of super fine ice shavings, and topped with a fresh strawberry sauce. With a little bowl of extra sauce on the side.
Hesitantly and almost reverently we took a little bite… and now I know why Kantaro makes ‘that’ face.
The snow ice was a light cream cheese flavor with the fresh strawberries adding a tartness to the cold dessert. We greedily dug into the dome, relishing every bite. When to our astonishment and delight.. there was a surprise layer hidden inside the dome! It was a buttery crumb that complimented the cheesecake flavor so well. It truly completed the experience and elevated this ice dome dessert to another level.
Like little kids we giggled and ate the kakigori among the other customers in the cafe who were also excited to find different sweet surprises inside their different flavored Kakigori’s.
The flavours range from exotic to tropical, you must try the mango coconut, the hojicha, rainbow and the Thai milk tea kakigoris too. These are available at various ‘After You’ cafe outlets and their signature kakigori cafe, ‘Maygori’ at Siam. There are more Japanese sweet shops popping up around the city, so keep an eye out for them!
And the hunt is on.. Now for Mamekan, Ohagi, Anmitsu and all the other desserts too.