We check out the most recent “drinkable meals.”
For no matter cause, a whole lot of Japanese drink firms have made it their mission to flip meals objects into drinks. Not as in mixing them till they’re easy liquid, fortunately, however by formulating drinks which might be rigorously crafted to style like a selected meals. Drinkable whipped cream, drinkable curry, drinkable rice balls, drinkable ice cream…
It could seem to be these firms will not be frightened in regards to the “why” once they make these drinks, however actually, we aren’t mad. Actually, we’re excited, as a result of they only launched a drinkable model of one among our favourite breakfast/dessert objects: pancakes.
It’s known as “A Pleased Pancake the Drink: Drinkable Pancake”, and it’s bought solely at comfort retailer chain Lawson. After all, we just about needed to strive it, but it surely was surprisingly onerous to search out. We needed to store round at a number of Lawsons in our space earlier than we lastly discovered one.
The picture on the package deal was of the additional thick, additional fluffy, wobbly type of souffle-like pancake that Japan has change into well-known for, so we anticipated extra of that type of taste than your conventional thinner and firmer breakfast pancake. Truthfully, simply it made us really feel fairly joyful.
This drink, which is priced at 198 yen (US$1.70), has taste components of fermented butter and manuka honey, however after we peeked inside, it appeared identical to a cup of Cafe au Lait. It was a pleasant, wealthy shade of sunshine brown. We had been anticipating it to be lighter in shade, like milk, in order that was a bit stunning.
Earlier than tasting, we gave it a bit of sniff and acquired a superb whiff of the delicate and candy scent of fermented butter. It did scent a bit of like pancakes!
With out additional delay, we took a sip by way of the thick straw offered.
Oh! It’s actually wealthy and candy, maybe owing to the manuka honey. We like candy drinks, so we thought it was fairly good! However once you consider pancakes, you consider maple syrup, proper? Sadly, after a second sip, we realized that, although the drink smells like pancakes, the flavour was extra like caramel than maple.
The drink was additionally actually thick and viscous, and it had some tiny little grains inside, which piqued our curiosity. We took a take a look at the substances listing to see if we may determine what it was, and we discovered “processed konnyaku” on there!
Konnyaku is constituted of taro root that’s dried and floor right into a powder, which is often became a gelatinous block or chewy noodles. On this case, it seems to be prefer it might need been used so as to add physique and texture to this drink. You may see the little grains on the within of the lid…perhaps that’s the konnyaku?
In any case, it was a brand new mouthfeel we by no means anticipated, so it was type of a shock…however we additionally kinda favored it. It was enjoyable to drink!
Although this drink misses the mark barely on replicating the flavour of pancakes, it actually did an incredible job on creating the perfume of pancakes, and the feel was one thing new, so we doff our hats to this drink for its effort!
It’s additionally advisable that you simply add contemporary espresso to A Pleased Pancake The Drink and high it with whipped cream for a very tasty espresso dessert drink. That sounds type of wonderful, and undoubtedly price a strive for the following one we decide up.