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Sep 15, 2009 05:54 PM

ISO: Green Tea/Black Sesame Soft Ice Cream

Is this available anywhere in the LA area? Maybe in Torrance or its environs? The o-cha/goma mix grabbed me in Japan and I was sooooo happy when I found out the Mitsuwa (sadly the one in NJ) would replace their vanilla with goma on the weekends.

Do they do that at any of the Mitsuwa's in SoCal? Or anywhere? The refreshing green tea with slightly smoky black sesame is as good as soft ice cream can get.

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  1. I haven't had it or a while, but Mar Vista's Mitsuwa has the soft-serve green tea ice cream. It's available at the counter that splits the food court and the book store. I don't know though if they do the black sesame (kurogoma) thing as well.

    1. Kiriko (on Sawtelle) makes their own black sesame ice cream (call first to see if they have it on any given night). Heavenly. And that's not even their best ice cream flavor!

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      1. re: J.L.

        "And that's not even their best ice cream flavor!"

        What is the best?

        1. re: fdb

          Truffle ice cream. It's apocalyptically good...

          1. re: J.L.

            can you just go in for a scoop of the truffle ice cream or two or three?
            and how much is a scoop of the truffle ice cream if there's real truffles in there?
            and is this the season for that right now?

            1. re: kevin

              1. You can try calling them first.
              2. Not outrageously expensive, as I recall.
              3. Not sure. Again, try calling the resturant.

              Sorry, I just realized - that was so vague of me.... I usually have the ice cream at the end of one of Kiriko's kickbutt omakases, and by then I'm in a state of gustatory bliss.

              1. re: kevin

                I recall someone on this board tried before and you cannot go in for just ice cream.

          2. re: J.L.

            Yes, it's amazing. Not available for takeout in case that's what the OP was looking for.
            No black sesame at the Mar Vista Mitsuwa either, although it truly is green tea soft serve, very heavy on the matcha.

          3. This is a bit late, and it might have been discussed already, but Matcha Love (By Ito En), in Costa Mesa & San Diego have the specific flavors you're looking for:


            I'll be going to try this weekend since my OC friends keep plastering my feed with these pictures over the hot/warm weekends.

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            1. re: blimpbinge

              seen it at yogurtland also, but havent been super recently

              1. re: jessejames

                Green tea is always there, but black sesame depends on the flavors for that month.

                If they had black sesame and mint or peppermint on there permanently, i'd go more often.

                Also hopefully ito en can make better green tea soft serve than yogurtland yogurt

                I still prefer creamy soft serve over frozen yogurt, even if the latter is more healthy haha

                1. re: blimpbinge

                  I believe I've had Black Sesame (in addition to Green Tea) soft serve at Yogurtland in Long Beach (Bellflower/ PCH/ 7th St triple intersection). Not sure if Yogurtland is really what you're looking for, but I was pleasantly surprised. They also had Taro, which I liked as well.

                  Sweet Rose Creamery currently has a Matcha flavor (ice cream, not soft serve, though), and a Matcha sundae with strawberries and mochi, and they frequently have a dairy-free Black Sesame sorbet (usually at their original Brentwood Country Mart location).

              2. re: blimpbinge

                Thanks for the update - I'll check them out the next time I part the orange curtain.

                Did get a higher-end, non-soft-serve fix of this the other week at Scoops in Chintatown. Green Tea Cheesecake/Black Sesame. Pretty darn good.

                1. re: mrgreenbeenz

                  I've been wanting to go to scoops to try the jim beam, and mint

                  Do their flavors cycle daily/weekly/monthly? or is it the same ones all the time? Thank youuu

                2. re: blimpbinge

                  The black sesame at Matcha Love was great. Good balance of flavor and not overly sweet. The sesame wasn't over powering. You could taste peanut butter or chocolate flavors in some of the bites.

                  They also have a scorched tea flavor (I'm messing up the translation). It tasted a little like coffee. The flavors in the tea were a bit muted and was a little flat.

                  1. re: js76wisco


                    I'm wondering if i should just get a small of each one to try, or get the mix/swirl thing hmm

                      1. re: blimpbinge

                        Ask for a taste of each flavor. I did the same but I purchased an ice cream and tipped them. If you just had 3 samples and walked away without buying anything that would not be cool. I've seen people do this before. The people behind the counter are very friendly.

                  2. Quenelle in Burbank has asian-inspired flavors

                    pandan, black sesame, i'd imagine green tea sometimes