Joining my “That looks good, but looks are all that’s going for it” list is the Kanagawa Gold Leaf Soft Serve. It joins the ranks of:
- Decked-out hipster cafes with decor more impressive than their food
- Snapchat filters
- Overrated McDonald’s Salted Egg Chicken Burger
Or maybe, it was its imposter.
Looks like a dream, and tastes like a watered-down soft-serve ice cream… plastered with a token gold foil.
Kinda meh. Still, it made for a pretty picture, anyway.
Kanazawa was one of the stops during my Japan trip earlier this year. It was basically just a pitstop but we ended up spending a whole day there after we found out that the buses to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Shirakawa-Go, a traditional village in Gifu Prefecture, were all fully booked out and we wouldn’t be able to get there after all.
I remembered watching this Business Insider video about the Golden Leaf Soft Serve circulating on Facebook and thought since we were there for a day trip, why not? Kanazawa is famous for its craftsmanship of gold leaves.
It really wasn’t as good as even a McDonald’s ice cream cone and it wasn’t particularly creamy or milky like the soft-serve quality I’ve come to expect from a food mecca like Japan. But I admit, I probably got a rip-offs. I’ve heard it actually really does taste amazing.
Has anyone had the authentic Kanazawa Gold Leaf Soft Serve? Where did you manage to get the “real deal”?