Japan is home to the most unexpected products in the market. It isn’t a big surprise when you find out that they’re selling an ice cream flavor based on a very special type of sushi. Special, yes - but also very pungent. The funazushi is a specialty of the Shiga Prefecture. The fish used in the special sushi is heavily fermented and left to age in wooden barrels for years. Dubbed as the “stinkiest sushi in the world,” this sushi is now a rare ice cream flavor sold at Koko Shiga in Nihonbashi. While we can’t really travel all the way to Japan right now to taste it, SoraNews24 has us covered:
it tasted more like Mascarpone cheese. The piquant tang of a fermented something was definitely there, but it blended so well with the ice cream that it ended up tasting more like cheese than stinky fish.
We were relieved that the amount of funazushi used was perfectly suited to the ice cream, creating a delicious flavour that makes us understand why a lot of people pay high prices to enjoy fermented sushi. The smell and pungency may be dialled down in the soft-serve version, but the essence of the fermentation still shines through
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