Kakigōri (かき氷; かきごおり) is a Japanese dessert made from shaved ice flavored with syrup that has a crispy texture. It is nearly identical to a snow cone but can have a slightly rougher consistency and a spoon is almost always used. To sweeten Kakigōri, condensed milk is often poured on top of it.
Popular flavors include: strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, melon, "Blue Hawaii," sweet plum, and colorless syrup. Some shops provide colorful varieties by using two or more different syrups.
The traditional way of making kakigōri involves using an ice shaving machine.
In addition to the streets, kakigōri is also sold in convenience stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. In supermarkets Kakigōri can be found already flavoured and packaged just like ice cream. Some coffee shops serve it with ice cream and red bean paste. This dessert is easy to be found at matsuri (Japanese summer festivals).
During the hot summer months, kakigōri is sold virtually everywhere in Japan. Varieties of Kakigōri can be seen as well in other countries from East Asia. In one of the scenes from the movie Memoirs of a Geisha we can see how Ken Watanabe orders kakigōri from a street vendor.
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