Matsumotos Corner Vol.26

- Shaved Ice -

Kakigori is one of Japan’s most popular summer treats, where seasonal temperatures vary widely. Usually, it is sold best when the temperature exceeds 30 °C. Kakigori is a standard at summer festival stalls, but is also available in restaurants and food courts.

The history of shaved ice in Japan is surprisingly old. It is recorded in a famous essay called The Pillow Book, written about 1,000 years ago. Of course, in those days, when there were no ice machines, it was only available to a very limited upper class. The ice was made in winter and stored in icehouses.

You can even find shops specialising in kakigori, and many people eat it in the middle of winter in such places. Today’s kakigori in Japan varies from simple to very lavish toppings. But it’s hard to find anything that compares to the filling satisfaction of ais kacang. I do love it. I can’t wait to go to Malaysia and enjoy it.