Hokkaido is known for its delicious potatoes – in fact, the island is Japan’s leading producer of spuds, so it’s the natural place to go for some creamy potato salad. Hoshino Resort Tomamu in Hokkaido is playing into Japan’s penchant for weird food combos by offering a peculiar treat for guests this autumn – potato salad gelato.
The resort is taking potato salad to the next level by serving colourful scoops of it in ice cream cones – and on first glance, this potato salad could seriously pass as ice cream. Spud fans will be able to try out this unusual take on potato salad from September 1 to October 31 at the resort’s Cafe & Bar Tsukino.
Hokkaido potatoes come in a wealth of different colours, each with its own unique taste and texture. The salads are made from six different types of potatoes: Danshaku, May Queen, Kita Akari, Inca no Mezame, Shadow Queen and Northern Ruby.
The potatoes are then mixed with different ingredients and decorated with a variety of toppings, meaning there will be a whopping 100 different types of potato salad to choose from. Some of the delicious flavour combinations you can expect include a vegetable-heavy salad with asparagus, corn, wasabi and white beans, a seafood-style salad with salted scallops, salmon roe, pickled squid and kombu, and even a sweet dessert style potato salad with honeysuckle jam, zunda (sweet green soybean paste), and kinako (soybean flour).
Each cone of potato salad gelato will only set you back ¥364, meaning you can easily try out multiple flavours in one seating. If you’re having a hard time choosing, go for the tasting set (¥2,272), which gives you ten different versions served on a plate, minus the cones. There will even be alcohol pairings available, giving you a chance to sample different potato salads with local Hokkaido wine, or even local sake.
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