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Sep 23, 2010 03:59 PM

Best Sesame Ice-cream?

I love sesame ice-cream but a lot of the ones I had aren't comparable to the ones I had in Asia. What's a good brand, and where can I get my hands on it?

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  1. omg, just had a really really good one at izakaya-ju last night... should have asked them where they got theirs... or if they made their own...

    1. The only one I've tried is Hime and I liked it very much. Very smooth and quite rich. Planning to get a bunch for comparison next time I go to T&T -- they carry a whole bunch of different brands.

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        1. re: jennjen18

          Well, it was a tough job, but somebody had to do it! Heh.

          T&T was out of Hime, so we got the other two kinds we could find in the case: Cremo and Polly Ann.

          Let me start by saying that Hime, when we have had it in the past, is richly sesame-flavoured and very smooth. It's very dark in colour and has a rich, smoooooth texture which belies its lowish calorie count (as with the other Hime stuff, it seems to be an "ice milk" as opposed to "ice cream." It knocked my socks off with sesame flavour the first time I tried it -- so the bar was set pretty high.

          Cremo, interestingly, seems to be dairy-free (?) -- based on coconut milk. Was a whitish/grey ice cream with black bits, ostensibly sesame. Kind of grainy in texture (not just the bits, but the ice cream itself) and "crumbly" to scoop. Definite toasted sesame flavour, but in comparison to my memory of Hime, it was disappointingly lacking in intensity. Texture was less than great, as mentioned, and my co-tester remarked on a greasy mouthfeel (perhaps the coconut milk.)

          Polly Ann was closer to Hime in appearance -- darkish grey, smoother, homogeneous -- but the sesame flavour was barely detectable (a closer look at the ingredient list revealed "sesame" to be second last, beating out only "food color.") The first thing I noticed was honestly a "fruity" taste. Texture was better than the Cremo, but the sesame flavour was almost nonexistent.

          All in all? I wouldn't buy either again, though I would sell my soul for a bowlful of Hime. It's a little more expensive, but damn well worth it.

      1. I haven't been to Aoyama in a long time, but the black sesame ice cream they were serving was pretty good!

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        1. re: sumashi

          Gal's sushi on Highway 7 or Manpuku (I think Gal's is better but both are very good)

          105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          1. re: babybluepowder

            +1 for Manpuku's black sesame ice cream!

            105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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