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Matcha and Wasabi ice cream flavours

The notion of fusion cuisine has led to many interesting and intriguing flavour combinations and I was very pleasantly surprised at Hotelympia today when I decided to brave a taste of wasabi ice cream.  The reason I say “brave” is that the last time I tried a wasabi flavoured ice cream it was not the most pleasant of experiences.  The manufacturers had fallen into the trap of using horseradish as a substitute for real wasabi and there were chunks  of what I can only presume to be horseradish and an unpleasant spicy aftertaste.  This, together with the fact that there was no evidence of the delicious aromatics of wasabi, made it a complete let down.

However, the wasabi ice cream produced by Pole Sud and distributed by La Compagnie des Desserts, was a completely different experience.  They have successfully captured the full, delicate flavours and aromatics of wasabi without any of the harsh spiciness that horseradish has.  That, combined with the lovely, creamy consistency of the ice cream makes it divine.

It was hardly surprising that their matcha ice cream was a complete hit as well.  Once more they bring to life the full range of flavours in green tea encapsulating the sweet, grassy notes as well as the astringency and bitterness. 

Pole Sud prove that they appreciate quality ingredients and understand the flavours of those ingredients as well as how to bring them to life in their ice creams.  I should imagine that they will demonstrate the same high culinary skill throughout their whole range of ice cream which also includes azuki, black sesame and kumquat and their yuzu sorbet.