WORLD’S MOST PRICEY ICE CREAM AT USD6,380 A SCOOP HAS SAKE LEES AS AN INGREDIENT
By Tony Zhu
Source: Guinness World Records
Japanese ice cream brand Cellato has launched the world’s most expensive frozen dessert with sakekasu or sake lees as one of its ingredients at a whopping price of ¥880,000 (USD6,380) per serving.
Called byakuya or 'white night', the ice cream has been verified by London-based Guinness World Records as the most pricey in the world.
Cellato said 'white night' is a gelato on its website, as the ice cream base was sourced exclusively from the Italian town of Alba, home to the luxurious fine dining ingredient of white truffles.
The ice cream is a umami bomb itself. It combines two types of cheeses as its base, together with white Alba truffle as a scent enhancer. Just the truffle alone is priced at USD15,192 a kilogram.
It is then topped off by sakekasu or sake lees, a paste-like ingredient derived from the process of sake making, to further enhance its complexity.
Sprinkled on top are white truffle shavings, Parmigiano cheese flakes, gold leaf, and white truffle oil, for a beautiful fusion of European and Japanese ingredients.
The dessert is available for sale in Japan and is shipped directly to customers, the company recommended pairing it with sake or a French white wine.
One serving of this dessert comes with a beautifully hand-crafted metal spoon to complete the experience.
Cellato already has a black truffle based ice cream on its menu, it said it plans to diversify its product line to include Champagne and caviar as ingredients in the future.
The company said its mission is to create a culinary adventure that merges European ingredients and traditional Japanese foods.
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