Just near the souvenir shop and the kurotamago (black egg) window at Owakudani, there was a soft-cream booth. I know I said I wasn’t having any more ice-cream this summer after the Baskin Robbins vs Cold Stone Article, but it was my birthday, so I made an exception. And besides, this was “soft-cream*” not “ice-cream,” heh, heh, heh.
*What’s the difference? It’s in the consistency I think. Soft cream has a consistency quite similar to frozen yogurt, while ice-cream is thicker. Think of an ice-cream shop clerk using a scoop to serve your ice cream while sweet soft cream goodness is usually served/poured from a machine.
It wasn’t a super humid day, but it was nice and warm. A nice day for softcream.
What better way to force 25 additional years of life into your stomach than with a nice, heaping helping of soft cream. I scanned the katakana on the Inaba ice-cream marquises and saw classic vanilla. My eyes scanned a bit more, paused, re-read, and re-read again because i wanted to be sure I wasn’t screwing up the katakana. Does that sign really say egg ice-cream?! My eyes weren’t deceiving me, that’s really what it said “たまごソフトクリーム” or “Tamago Soft Cream.” This literally translates to mean egg ice-cream! Really?!? I had to try this, just to see what it was like. If it was horrible, I didn’t want to ruin the whole cone, so I got a half egg, half-vanilla softcream cone. I tasted the egg side first…
YUM! SURPRISINGLY GOOD!
It didn’t taste at all like the boiled eggs I was expecting (if that’s where your mind was going, I understand; my thinking was headed in the same direction when I first saw the sign). Instead, this actually tasted an awful lot like custard. What’s custard made of? Milk, eggs, and sugar, right? I think if they called it custard cream, they’d sell a heck of a lot more soft cream. But, on the other hand, calling it tamago or egg ice-cream does have a novelty factor working in its favor. Which one appeals to you more? The more pleasant title? Or the novelty one?
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