Around this time, when it was getting warmer, I got information that "there seems to be a line of shaved ice shops in Yanaka even in winter." I actually went! Seasonal fruit honey is super delicious!
Spring back. It feels like it was cold until recently, but it suddenly became warm. When I was exposed to the cheerfulness of spring, I got the information that "There seems to be a shaved ice shop in Yanaka where you can wait for an hour even in winter." What does it mean that the Kakigori shop is so popular that there are lines? concern!
… And if you're curious, check it out. I actually went to Yanaka and lined up in a line! Wow, it's a walk in Yanaka!
This is a rumor ...?
■ I came to Yanaka
This time we will visit "Himitsudo". It's a secret with ice honey. The cute store name is a high point. A few minutes walk from Nippori station, go down the famous sunset stairs and head for Yanaka Ginza. There was a big arch and a corner! This is Himitsudo!
It's a familiar view on TV, etc.
The retro store is cute
It's a shop that seems to get mixed in with private houses and old-fashioned restaurants, but before that, there are a lot of lines as rumored! Despite the time of noon on weekdays, it seems that there are still about 15 people outside and some inside.
■ What is the waiting time?
Now, let's line up in a line and measure the time. Fortunately, it was a warm and cheerful day, and it's the best to line up. It may be a little unsatisfactory for the body accustomed to the procession, but for the time being, it started at 13:14.
Start measuring in front of the line!
There is a handwritten menu outside the shop. This again tickles the girl's heart. The "winter-only" menu is stuck on the table, and time goes by while I'm wondering what to ask for.
You can handwrite it ...!
You will be passed through the store and asked for your order there. The shop is full, but the menu is shaved ice, so the rotation is not so slow. I was able to take a seat relatively quickly. The time is 13:37, and the line-up time is a little over 20 minutes .
■ I entered the store
This time I ordered "secret yogurt oranges". I chose the string "secret yogurt". It's an exciting name, isn't it? Whew. There were two types of yogurt, mandarin oranges and strawberries, but since the season is about to end, mandarin oranges can only be eaten now ...! ?? I thought, I chose the mandarin orange.
The store is full of customers
In addition, there are menus such as "raw oranges (with condensed milk)", "secret strawberry milk", "rich pumpkin cream caramel", and "warbler cherry blossoms". The menu changes daily, so if you are interested in the menu on the day, it is recommended to check the shop's Twitter.
Mandarin oranges and pumpkins are limited to winter, and warbler cherry blossoms are limited to spring, which has just begun. Ah ~, they all look delicious!
In addition, there is a meal menu only during the winter business period from November to April. There are homemade potage and bread set "Potapan" and freshly baked gratin "Cloisonne gratin" containing 7 ingredients. However, unfortunately both were sold out on the day I visited. It is said that you can reserve various menus only on the day (seat reservation is not possible), so I definitely want to eat it! Those who say, we recommend you to make a reservation.
Today's menu is pasted like this
■ The manual ice shaving machine looks amazing
It was the counter seat that was passed this time. So, you can see how it is made in front of you. The ice used at Himitsudo is the natural ice from the Nikko natural ice brewery, Mitsuboshi Himuro. A large block of ice is shaved with a manual ice shaving machine. The blade of the sharpener is different between summer and winter, and it is said that it is shaved ice aiming for softness and softness. This has to go in the summer too ...!
I will scrape one by one with the old-fashioned hand-cranking method
Thin ice is piled up on a large glass bowl while making a pleasant squeaking noise. Each piece of ice that has been shaved is squeezed and served. The long-awaited mandarin orange yogurt was brought in while I was absorbed in watching how it was made!
It's cute that I got a little dripping while shooting
White yogurt "secret yogurt honey" is evenly hung on the towering heaps of ice. Beautiful orange oranges are served separately. Yogurt will repel honey, so it is recommended to make a hole in the center and let the honey flow there.
■ I tried "secret yogurt"
Immediately make a hole and try to sprinkle honey. When you finish putting it in the hole, bring it around. The orange color flourishes well on the white yogurt. Of course, this mandarin orange is handmade. It is said that it uses rich ripe oranges, so you can feel the crushing feeling of oranges in the oranges.
Make a hole ~
Put the honey ~
If you put it around, you're done!
If you try it immediately ... Wow! As expected! The fluffy ice melts quickly when you put it in your mouth, and the taste of yogurt and mandarin oranges spreads in your mouth. It feels very light when lifted with a spoon, but when you put it in your mouth, you can see how light and soft it is.
And after all, the richness of mandarin oranges! The sweet oranges are very delicious! There is no doubt that the taste of boiled down only that sweetness will be addictive while leaving the sourness that is typical of mandarin oranges. This really goes well with the refreshing yogurt honey ... The soft shaved ice firmly tightens the taste that would be thickened with tangerine yogurt alone, creating a perfect balance in the mouth. Perfect score ...!
Can you convey the crushing feeling of Mitsu?
Quickly melting ice, thick yogurt, and crushed oranges. These three textures come into your mouth in turn and play a harmony ... Oh, this is really delicious.
■ What is the secret of "secret straw"?
As you continue to eat, you will notice something unfamiliar on the table. Hmm, this is ... a straw? Actually, this shaved ice is thinly shaved, and it melts while eating. However, at Himitsudo, we prepare straws at each table so that you can "eat while drinking" and "drink all at once" as you like! If you use this "secret straw", you can enjoy the shaved ice to the end with your own way of eating.
This is the "secret straw"!
I also tried sucking the slightly melted shaved ice with a straw, but the ice, yogurt, and mandarin oranges were more mixed, and I was able to enjoy it as well. So that's it!
It's melted quite a bit ...
I tried inserting a straw
■ What is the recommended time zone?
Himitsudo has a long line, but if you avoid Saturdays, Sundays, and nights, you can enter the store relatively smoothly! The daytime on weekdays I visited this time may be quite an aim. It's getting warmer and it's a recommended season for Yanaka Sanpo. Stop by while taking a walk and enjoy the seasonal shaved ice ... What a wonderful thing! Excellent shaved ice is recommended!
By the way, En-eating recognizes this "secret shaved ice" as "the most interesting food in Taito Ward" (without permission). If you live in Taito Ward and say, "I know more interesting food!", Please let us know. En-eating editorial staff will come to eat.
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