Shirokuma : One of the Popular Dessert in Kagoshima
Have you ever tried Shirokuma? What is Shirokuma exactly?
Shirokuma is one of the famous kakigori (shaved ice) introduced in Kagoshima by the very first shop, Tenmokan Jumaki. This shave ice is covered with fruits, condensed milk, syrups, and decorated to make a face as a polar bear!
What makes it’s different than other shaved ices in Japan?
This version has Kagoshima condensed milk together with different fruits as toppings which normally in most part of Japan, shave ices are covered in colorful syrups like strawberry or melon.
How Shirokuma is been Brought to Light?
Tenmokan Jumaki has brought Shirokuma in late 1940s by the founder itself, Takeshi Kubo and that the time, it only has simple toppings put on shaved ice like cherries, raisins, and other fruits. He then spent two years improving his Shirokuma’s recipe and since then more refinements has been made to make the style of Shirokuma as per it is right now.
How about the Taste?
The syrup also has a flavor that you won’t taste in any other place which being a secret recipes among the founder’s families. The soft, snow-like ice is shaved manually when ordered in which makes it every spoons makes a melting sensation in your mouth.
Every bite, you’ll encounter new flavor and fresh taste coming from the local products of Kagoshima like slices of sweet potatoes and fruits.
Given the chance, if you ever come to Kagoshima, this is one of the bucket list need to check off from your itinerary!
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